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Redness Face

Facial redness or flushing is a common symptom of drug interaction, so if you are currently taking multiple medications (for individual ailments), visit your doctor immediately. Drug interactions can have several more severe side effects, so it would be wise to get an appointment right away. Flushing can also be caused in some people due to the consumption of alcohol, certain food additives, or neurological problems. Redness of face or flushing however is most commonly associated with Rosacea. This facial redness is caused due to an increase in the blood flow through facial blood vessels that are dilated. A person’s face can turn different shades of red during a flush, depending on the amount of blood flow through the skin. Depending on the advancement of the condition, a facial flush may last for just a few seconds or for days, weeks and even months.

Reduce Facial Redness

The choice of treatment and prescriptions, to reduce facial redness and other symptoms or rosacea, differs depending on the severity and the kind of rosacea. Identifying and reducing triggers is an important aspect of any rosacea treatment plan as trigger avoidance can significantly help reduce the onset of rosacea. In most cases however this will not cause a remission, unless it is a mild case.

The commonly used medical treatments include topical creams, antibacterial washes, antibiotic pills, pulsed-light therapies, lasers, photodynamic therapy, and isotretinoin. Proper, regular treatments can be quite effective and some forms of rosacea can significantly clear though intense pulse light, laser, photodynamic therapy, or isotretinoin. Most of these treatments however are not curative but suppressive. Mild rosacea may often not require any treatment at all unless the individual is bothered by the condition. In cases that are more resistant to treatment a combination approach may be needed, with several treatments being prescribed at the same time. Such an approach may involve intense home care that would include:

•    washing at least twice a day with a prescription sulfa,
•    application of an antibacterial cream in the morning and at night,
•    taking an oral antibiotic for flares.

A series of photodynamic, or intense pulsed light therapies could also be applied in conjunction with the rigorous home regimen.

In addition to the conventional treatments there are also some basic measures that you should follow to reduce face redness. Make it a point to follow a gentles skin cleansing regimen using cleansers that are mild and non-irritating. Use a sunscreen lotion with a sun protection factor, which is not less than fifteen, when you travel for protection from the sun as exposure could increase facial redness.