Facial redness can be a constant problem for some patients. It can be embarrassing, hard to cover up, and challenging to treat. Some forms of redness can be early signs of rosacea. Rosacea is a wide spectrum of facial conditions which can range from facial flushing and redness to vascular lesions and raised lesions across the skin. The redness can be triggered by spicy foods, alcohol, cleansers, birth control pills or stress. When possible, the elimination of an offending trigger may improve redness. Rosacea is typically treated with oral medications such as tetracycline, minocycline, or doxycycline or prescription topicals such as metronidazole.
One new breakthrough in redness relief is SkinMedica Calmplex. Calmplex treats the underlying cause of redness and also improves the skin’s natural barrier. It does so by using 4-Ethoxybenzaldeheyde which inhibits the release of the natural vasodilator, prostaglandin E2. Patients have found their redness to be greatly improved in a little as two weeks. Calmplex can also be used to expedite the dissipation of redness after a Cross TCA or other acne scar treatment.
Overall, redness relief can be a difficult problem and involves identifing and eliminating triggers when possible and in some cases the use of select topicals to help decrease redness.
Triggers to Redness
- Food– alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks, alcohol
- Activities– exercise, hot water (bath or sauna)
- Environment– Hot weather, cold weather, humidity, sunlight, wind, computer, fluorescent lighting
- Emotional– Stress, anxiety, embarrassment, laughter
- Hormonal– Birth control pills, menopause, chronic cough,
- Irritants– Skin care products, alcohol containing products, sunscreens
- Medications– Blood pressure drugs, pain medications, nicotinic acid, tamoxifen