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What Causes Facial Redness

Redness on facial areas like the cheeks, nose, and forehead can be caused by an array of conditions and triggers. Though some of us naturally have red undertones as part of our skin tone, excessive facial redness or face flushing is usually the result of a particular condition.

It can be frustrating to experience prolonged periods of patchy redness, especially when coupled with discomfort or itchy-prone skin. However, certain hero ingredients like Vitamin B5 can aid in the visible reduction of facial redness. To understand the redness on your face, it’s important that you know your unique skin type. Once understood, you’ll be empowered to begin to address your concern with targeted appropriate skincare.

Read on to understand the separate stressors, as well as tips for managing symptoms of redness-prone skin.

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Facial redness can be defined as persistent colouring and sometimes itchy-prone skin across the face. This colouring can appear in blotchy or uneven patches and can tend to localise on a specific facial area. When blood flow is increased, blood vessels enlarge, leading to a flushed complexion. This usually brings a feeling of heat with it.  


Redness across your face can occur when blood vessels dilate in the skin, resulting in visible, prolonged redness. The causes of facial redness vary, as do what triggers the lengthy (and sometimes uncomfortable) periods of facial redness. Outlined below are different forms of redness-prone skin.  



Allergy-prone skin can be at the mercy of environmental and topical stressors. When an allergen like certain fabrics or chemicals touch skin, the immune system sends a defensive response which can result in red, often itchy bumps or blisters that are raised on skin. 


A type of eczema that shares similarities with skin allergies, contact dermatitis develops when something comes into contact with skin and irritates it. Certain ingredients in soap and plants like poison ivy tend to exacerbate this skin condition. Symptoms of contact dermatitis can include an uncomfortable rash that can last for hours or even weeks. 


Rosacea is a relatively common and often lifelong condition. Rosacea is typically centred on the face. Whilst the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, some within the medical field theorise that it is triggered by the immune system reacting negatively to Bacillus oleronius, a type of bacteria. Visible blood vessels, flushing, dryness, bumps and rough skin are all signs of rosacea. The condition can also be triggered by stress, medication, alcohol and changes in weather. 



Unlike rosacea – the dry, red patches that characterise psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body. This sometimes burning form of redness on skin happens because of the sped-up replacement of dead skin cells with fresh skin cells. As the cells form on skin, raised, often scaly patches come to surface. 


Eczema-prone skin actually refers to a group of skin conditions. Genes and environmental triggers like dry weather are thought to play a role in eczema, and each person can present the condition in different ways. When eczema-prone skin flares up, scaly rashes can appear to cover skin and cause discomfort. Though there is no cure, individually prescribed skin treatments can decrease the severity of reactions.


Spider veins are the direct result of sun damage or genetics. As the effects of harmful rays build up on skin, spider-like veins can appear across your nose, cheeks and forehead. This condition can sometimes be effectively removed through laser treatment. 



If you believe your redness is caused by a skin condition such as the above, it is recommended to consult your dermatologist on the best way to optimise care. However, there are some general tips for skin prone to mild redness which can be incorporated within a regime.


An anti-inflammatory diet (leafy vegetables, omega-rich fish, and low-glycemic fruits) may also be helpful. Consider introducing Vitamin D supplements to help regulate biological function.


For glowing skin and an even-toned face, cooling your skin and applying an intensive sheet mask formulated for sensitive skin can help to manage visible redness. Leave a clean face cloth in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes before gently applying to the skin. Then, apply the hydrating Cicaplast B5 Facial Mask.


When finding a skincare routine to manage redness in your face, look for ingredients that hydrate and strengthen skin. After cleansing, apply our Toleriane Ultra Dermallergo Serum, formulated with a peptide serum to help reduce irritating sensations of the skin and visible redness. Follow with a hydrating moisturiser like the Toleraine Ultra Sensitive Moisturiser Toleriane Rosaliac AR Moisturiser for Anti-Redness and Toleriane Dermallergo Eye Cream with soothing Neurosensine to help fortify your skin.

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