For most people, a flushed face is a sign of one thing and one thing only: embarrassment. That’s a fair assessment. Embarrassment does indeed cause facial redness. Often it shows up as a pattern of red right across the cheekbones. It’s a recognizable reality that most of us are familiar with, but it tends to fade within a few minutes. So, what causes a red face otherwise?
What Else Does a Red Face Signify?
Exertion is another logical answer. And, again, it’s impossible to disagree. If you’ve been exercising up a storm, then your face will show the effort by flushing red. However, as with embarrassment, the redness is only temporary.
However, for some women, facial redness isn’t the result of embarrassment, exercise, alcohol, or another common issue. Instead, redness is from an illness rather than a transitory reflection of an emotion or physical exertion. There are a number of illnesses to explain what causes a red face.
Facial Redness – Seriously?!
Many people don’t take facial redness seriously. There are a number of reasons why. Firstly, it’s because – as described above – we all have “normal” explanations for what causes a red face, so we don’t suspect anything beyond these things when we experience it.
Secondly, it’s fair to say that facial redness is seen as acceptable for many people. When you apply blush as part of your makeup routine, the sole purpose of which is to make your face redder, then it can be harder to see redness as a problem.
The result? Thousands of women may have skin conditions and have no idea that they’re suffering from them. They might not know until a medical professional gives them a diagnosis of rosacea, for example.
So if you’ve ever experienced facial redness, then it’s worth taking the time to think about the causes behind it.
Consider… Cutaneous Lupus
If you’re asking yourself, what is cutaneous lupus? then don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s not a well-known condition. First, it’s important to first distinguish between cutaneous lupus and systemic lupus. Cutaneous lupus affects the skin, while systemic lupus, which has been much-discussed in recent years due to Selena Gomez’s diagnosis of the condition, impacts a range of bodily functions.
Cutaneous lupus produces a red, often butterfly-shaped rash over the face. Sometimes this rash spreads over other areas of the body too. It can be relatively mild, so you just appear to be more flushed than usual, or extremely severe and painful. While it is not dangerous, the skin condition can be uncomfortable and hurt your self-esteem. If you have a persistent red rash anywhere on your body, and particularly across your nose and cheeks, then speak to a doctor and raise cutaneous lupus as a concern.
Rosacea and cutaneous lupus are often mistaken for one another. So it’s important to speak to a medical professional if you suspect you have either once. Rosacea can cause facial redness, often along with a burning or prickling feeling.
Many rosacea sufferers are able to identify particular “triggers” that will cause their skin to flare. These can be dietary, skincare ingredients, or even the weather. Although rosacea causes flares of severe redness, many sufferers also develop permanent patches of redness.
The cause of rosacea is not very well-known, although there is suspicion in the medical community that it is autoimmune in nature. Until more research happen, most sufferers deal with the condition by themselves, using over-the-counter skincare treatments and avoiding anything that triggers a flare-up.
Finally, an overactive thyroid gland can be what causes a red face for some people. However, facial redness is rarely a skin-specific issue with hyperthyroidism. Instead, it’s a result of overheating caused by hyperthyroidism. Therefore, sufferers often experience red patches of skin along with feelings of being really hot or sweating excessively.
If the above sounds familiar, then it’s worth checking the other symptoms of hyperthyroidism too. If you’re nodding along with what you read then speak to a doctor; treatment is available and usually successful.
Conclusions about Facial Redness
Many women don’t see facial redness as a problematic skin condition, especially in comparison to more common ailments like acne and eczema. However, redness isn’t just something that you simply have to accept in life.
If you suspect that you have any of the above-mentioned health conditions, then speak to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options from there. Hopefully, in the future, any facial redness you experience comes solely from the blush cosmetics on your cheeks!