In the pursuit of even, healthy looking skin, facial redness can be a source of considerable frustration, leaving you wondering why you have blotches on your face. Is it your diet? Your skin care products? Is it because of that one time you forgot to put on sunscreen?
Unlike the occasional spot or blemish that crops up from time to time, redness isn't always so straightforward to address, sometimes lingering on your face for months or even years.
It's time to stop trying to hide that redness with concealer and foundation and start treating it. Let's take a closer look at the condition and what can be done to minimise its appearance.
What is facial redness?
Facial redness can present itself as a blotchy, uneven pink to red tint, but is often goes undiagnosed or untreated due to the fact a number of women choose to disguise it with makeup.
This common skin concern can be caused by a myriad of different reasons, including photoageing or UV damage, rosacea and skin sensitivity. Facial redness is often observed in the area of the cheeks and around the jawline, spreading below the apples of our cheeks and our natural blush spots.
Why do I have facial redness?
With regards to photoageing, redness can be caused by the oxidative stress induced by sun exposure. When our dermal matrix, containing vital components such as elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid, is broken down by UV radiation, it can cause our skin to become thin.
With the underlying blood vessels closer to the skin's surface, they tend to become more visible, adding to the effect of redness. However, it can also be a sign of our skin's healing process, triggered in response to UV damage.
When we spend too much time in the sun, our skin has an inflammatory reaction, which can lead to the activation of angiogenesis (try saying that one three times fast). Angiogenesis is a process by which new blood vessels are formed from pre-existing ones, a natural phenomenon key to healthy skin.
However, when angiogenesis is triggered in response to UV exposure, it can be accelerated, leading to dilated and twisted blood vessels that can contribute towards facial redness.
Skin sensitivity and rosacea
Sensitivity can be another factor in the appearance of redness. People who experience it may find that their skin is prone to blotchiness and rashes, as well as stinging or irritation, especially after contact with certain cosmetics. The inflammatory nature of these responses can lead to redness.
A medical condition, rosacea can be aggravated by certain medications, as well as the consumption of dairy, alcohol and spicy foods. Physical activity, stress and changes in temperature can also act as triggers.
How can I treat facial redness?
There are several ways you can go about addressing facial redness, but the most important step is to book a professional skin consultation. Ultraceuticals' skin technicians are trained to analyse your skin and help identify the underlying factors of any concerns you may have. They may also prescribe you skin care products to help alleviate some of your symptoms.
The Ultra Red-Action Complex serum has been designed with potent anti-oxidants as well as soothing anti-irritants to treat normal and sensitive skin alike, as well as being suitable for rosacea sufferers.
The specially designed formula uses a combination of Andrographolide, Kinetin and Niacinamide to actively target the appearance of redness so that you can begin to see a real improvement to your skin.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser treatments are another option to treat redness and rosacea, helping to minimise the appearance of dilated blood vessels and flushing. In addition, it is important to be proactive about protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. You can find out more about protecting yourself from the sun this summer in our recent blog post.