Knowing Why the Face Goes Red with Pain and Irritation

beautyWhen a woman’s face turns red she naturally wants to cover it up. Sometimes though, the redness is more than just a mere blush of embarrassment. Sometimes the redness of the face is because of a skin condition. When this is the case it is more sensitive to try and just cover up the problem. There has to be some tender, love, and care for the skin somewhere in the cover up. Otherwise there are going to be more problems down the road.

Why Does the Face Turn Red?

A person’s face can turn red for any number of reasons and last for any length of time. Some of the most common reasons include using bad cosmetics, eating spicy food, staying out in the sun too long, standing out in windy conditions, or even having too much to drink. While for some these moments of redness can be a fleeting thing for others it is a burning sensation like no other.

To help people figure out why their face turns red, doctors recommend that people keep a journal of when these flare-ups occur. This way they can find the triggers and see what best helps. For instance, if the trigger is too much sun then perhaps Aloe Vera is required to help calm the red storm.

Using a Good Cover Up

Understanding the triggers and why the face is turning red is one thing. Covering it up is the next. Women find that using high quality cosmetics or creams helps them cover up the redness without adding to its irritation. In many cases, women have said that a cream is helpful since it also includes natural healers such as eucalyptus, lavender, and Aloe Vera. All these things make covering up a red face easier and more natural to do.

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Three Common Causes of Redness of the Face and Ways to Avoid Them

causes_of_redness_on_face_1343_xThree common causes for a person’s face to turn red is too much sun, too much alcohol, or too much spice. In short, when it becomes “too much” for the skin to handle, it turns red. Sometimes this redness can last a few minutes. For some it can last up to a few hours. Then there are the skin conditions that leave the face red all day. It is important to know why the skin is turning red and then people will know what to do about it.

The Sun

The sun is a powerful friend and foe. While it gives the world energy, it also zaps it away. A person who stays in the sun too long may feel their internal temperature start to increase. This is when a woman or man’s face may become red. This redness can be so severe that red domed bumps occur. If you are going in the sun wear sunscreen and a large hat at the minimum.

Alcohol

Alcohol can be tricky to gauge. One helpful way to find out how much exactly is too much is to write down when there is a face flare up. Write down how many beers were consumed or which types of alcohol. This way people can still enjoy the things they like to do such as have a few drinks with the co-workers on a Friday afternoon.

Spicy Food

As with the sun and with alcohol, spicy foods can mess with the internal temperature of a person and this generally manifests itself as redness of the skin. But again by keeping track of how much spicy food is consumed and what kinds, people can start to enjoy their spicy foods again even if it does cause a bit of redness of the face.

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Environmental Factors that Cause Allergies and Skin Redness

Young beautiful woman against white backgroundDuring seasonal changes many people each year suffer from sinus allergies.  Just as your sinuses can be affected by airborne pollen or changes in weather, your skin can suffer from allergies as well.

Unlike sinus allergies, skin allergies can be very different depending on the individual skin type and the skin’s reaction.  Some people may experience redness, irritation, itchiness, blemishes or a combination of all symptoms.  Some people may experience very light allergic reactions while others may have much more severe reactions.

In addition to seasonal changes, there are other types of factors that can trigger allergic reactions on the skin.

Common Skin Allergies

The following are some of the more common skin allergies:

• Pollen – skin can often react to pollen along with sinuses.  Many pollens are naturally “sticky” in order for plants to propagate and the pollen will stick to skin causing irritation.
• Dust and Dirt – often itchy skin is a cause of dust and dirt particles that lodge in pores and irritate the skin.  The irritation then causes blood to travel to capillaries just beneath the skin surface causing redness and further skin irritation.
• Airborne chemicals – many types of fragrances, scented lotions, sprays or cleaning chemicals can cause an allergic reaction.  Depending on the sensitivity of the skin some people can experience severe reactions including redness, blemishes, rashes and other symptoms.
• Makeup or skin care products – people with sensitive skin can have an allergic reaction to certain types of makeup, soaps, or lotions.  In some cases people may develop allergic reactions when there had been no problems using the products before.

The biggest challenge with skin allergies is determining the cause.  It is not often easy to identify if the allergy is from pollen or a perfume, or if it is something else entirely.  Working with a dermatologist can help you to determine what is causing redness and find a solution that will help.

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Three Things to Avoid When Living With Rosacea

Living-with-rosacea-is-so-much-annoyingWhile there is no cure for rosacea, doctors do say it is manageable if people can find out the triggers and do their best to avoid them. Triggers can set off a painful reaction of flushed cheeks to pus filled red domed bumps that hurt worse than any teenage acne. Here are three things people living with rosacea may want to avoid.

Too Much Stress

Stress can be a big trigger for both men and women. Being worked up really works up the skin. This can cause a painful reaction. To help deal with stress people can exercise (run, yoga, pilates), talk to someone (a therapist, friend, family member), or find a creative outlet (writing, painting, sculpting).

Too Much Sun

Every rosacea patient is different but one of the things they have in common is their sensitivity to the sun. By being in the sun too long it can cause something far worse than  sunburn. Regular Aloe Vera will not take away the sting that rosacea delivers. That means wearing sunscreen, a big hat, sunglasses, sitting under an umbrella, and cooling yourself down as often as possible by jumping in the water (make sure that your sunscreen is waterproof and high SPF).

Too Much Makeup

One of the things women want to do to help their rosacea is to cover it up with makeup but this can be a double edged sword. If the makeup is sensitive enough and designed to help people with sensitive skin, then it’s all good. However, some makeup, especially that of poor quality will only make matters worse.

Learn what your triggers are by keeping a diary of each flare up. Then you will know what is too much and what should be avoided. It will make living with rosacea easier.

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Reducing Stress Reduces Rosacea

b89a3481ace3714460aab5cfdd9e922bStress is a problem for everyone. It causes a lot of nervous energy, anger, and can even lead to serious breakdowns if not managed properly. Women and men dealing with the skin condition rosacea know this all too well as too much stress can lead to serious rosacea flare ups. Since there is no cure the for skin condition it is tracking triggers such as stress that help people manage the condition day-to-day.

4ed30b8a286002f05737eb7d60093261Yoga

Yoga is a great exercise for reducing stress. Not only does it help the body produce natural endorphins (which make a person happy) but it also promotes a lifestyle of self-acceptance. By getting in touch with the inner self a person can reduce his or her stress because they won’t be stressed out about the inconsequential anymore. This of course takes a lot of practice.

Journaling

Writing in a journal can be very therapeutic. Having a place for all the thoughts that rush through the mind each day is important. It gives people an outlet instead of trying to hold everything inside, acting like everything is ok. Journaling is also a great way to track flare ups and breakouts so people can identify their triggers be it spicy food, too much sun, or simply drinking too much at the bar. Start journaling about rosacea and see what impact stress has on the skin condition.

Friends

Hanging out with friends is a good way to reduce stress. Going out to the movies, having a walk in the park, or meeting up for a weekly brunch can all reduce a person’s stress level. Do not be afraid to talk to a friend either. By getting things out in the open they become easier to deal with, especially when a friend is always nearby.

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Avoiding Rosacea And Keeping The Symptoms In Check Is Not Too Difficult

You-can-get-this-face-wash-from-any-kind-of-cosmeticRosacea is an inconvenient and embarrassing skin condition that affects far too many adults. Rosacea presents as a redness filled with thin, vein-like lines around the center third of the face. Often, this is accompanied by acne-like breakouts on the skin. There are usually periods of higher intensity and lower intensity, but there is no actual cure. The cause of rosacea is also unknown, but there are many trigger facts that can worsen it during flare-ups, such as stress, spice foods, heat, and so on. But, can it be avoided? Avoiding rosacea entirely can be tricky, but reducing flare-ups and minimizing visibility is very achievable.

DIY Remedies

Do-it-yourself remedies for rosacea are very simple and very effective. There are many household items that work wonders for you rosacea. One such item that anyone has lying around is vinegar. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, so it kills many of the bacteria in the skin that worsens rosacea during flare-ups. You can easily create a vinegar facial rinse by mixing 6 parts water with 1 part white vinegar. Rinse your face with this every night before bedtime to keep your skin clear. For added results, try sometimes switching the white vinegar with apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties that are also very useful during flare-ups.

Products to Avoid

There are many products on the market boasting a treatment for rosacea. Because rosacea flare-ups are often the result of sensitive skin, it is important to read labels and find products that aren’t overly stuffed with extra chemicals or unnatural substances. Many ingredients in store bought products actually make rosacea worse no matter what the label claims. You should find a simple product with only a few ingredients. It is also good to test out any product on a patch of your skin before using to make sure your skin does not experience any negative reaction.

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Do I Have Acne? Sunburn? Or Rosacea?

123916465_600x450Persistent facial redness can be a problem. When sunburn doesn’t disappear within a few days, or acne refuses to respond to acne medicines, you may actually have another skin condition: rosacea.

Rosacea is a skin disease characterized by redness in the face from dilation and enlargement of blood vessels below the skin surface. While rosacea appears more frequently in women, symptoms are more severe in men. Fair-skinned people who blush easily are especially prone to this condition.

How can I tell if I have rosacea?

The most common signs of rosacea are redness of the cheeks, forehead, and nose; small red pus-filled pimples; inflammation of the skin surface, and the appearance of dilated small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks. Sometimes sufferers will have only one or two symptoms. The disease usually starts with what appears to be a blush or sunburn, but the redness gradually increases, becoming more pronounced, and does not go away.

One complication of the disease is Rhinophyma, a redness and swelling of the nose brought on by enlarged oil glands. Another possible symptom is redness and irritation of the eyes, sometimes resulting in swollen and infected eyelids.

If you think you have rosacea, be sure to consult a doctor. He or she can rule out other possible conditions.

I have Rosacea. What now?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Rosacea, but the condition is treatable. The disorder is often mistaken for acne or sunburn, and goes undiagnosed and untreated until symptoms worsen. Early diagnosis is essential.

Doctors suggest patients avoid foods and activities that are known to trigger rosacea. These include eating certain foods, drinking hot beverages, alcohol consumption, strenuous exercise, overexposure to the sun, and emotional conditions such as stress, embarrassment, and anger. Basically, these conditions tend to increase blood flow, resulting in expansion of blood vessels in the facial area. In addition, irritating chemical-based cosmetics, facial scrubs, cortisone creams, and alphahydroxy lotions can irritate the skin and trigger rosacea.

Use sunscreen and green-tinted makeup to mask a ruddy complexion and alleviate skin irritation. Topical antibiotics can help; if these don’t work, your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics. Improvement may take some time, usually one to two months.

In addition, there are several solutions on the market for the treatment of rosacea. Some of these contain natural ingredients and vitamins that moisturize and sooth the skin. In the most severe cases, laser surgery is used to shrink blood vessels and remove excess tissue from the nose.

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