Why do I have redness?
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In this article, we will focus on a common phenomenon that can be very disabling: redness.
There are two categories of redness: redness triggered by stress, an emotional shock, the practice of a sport, extreme temperatures but also a spicy diet as well as the ingestion of alcohol. In these specific cases, it is temporary and sudden redness sometimes known as "flushes".
The second cause of redness is going to be linked to disease. When this redness sets in, we talk erythrosis.
Here we will look at these different causes in more detail and how to remedy them.
What are the causes of redness?
Sudden redness of the cheeks is caused by vasodilation of the blood vessels in the skin, causing a rush of blood.
However, there are other risk factors that can cause redness:
Rosacea or rosacea : it is a frequent and chronic dermatosis of the skin affecting the small vessels of the face, generally appearing after 30 years and which tends to develop gradually.
The most common form is the vascular form which most often affects the nose, cheeks and sometimes also the chin and forehead. This characteristic redness is accompanied by great sensitivity making the use of local topicals difficult. This form can be accompanied by hot flashes following ingestion of food or alcohol.
Allergies : indeed, an allergic skin reaction (eg urticaria) can be characterized by red patches on the face.
Acne : Acne pimples are characterized by inflammation of the face which can cause redness and scarring.
Our advice to fight against redness
The first tip concerns your daily routine. When you tend to have redness, the fundamental thing is to treat your skin with the greatest gentleness since the goal here is not to over-stimulate blood circulation.
Your daily care must be appropriate and gentle so as not to sensitize the skin. Thus, a double cleansing with a cleansing oil then a mild milk is recommended. Be careful not to use soaps which can dry out the skin quickly and have the opposite effect.
The weekly exfoliation should also be extremely gentle and an enzymatic and non-mechanical exfoliation (with grains) is to be preferred. Once again, do not try to rub in order to remove your makeup, dabbing will be more than enough and will be less aggressive.
It is also advisable to protect the face well from the sun using an SPF sunscreen. Indeed, UV radiation can worsen redness.
Another trick is to put a washcloth soaked in cold water on the cheek in order to produce the opposite effect of vasodilation: a vasoconstriction.
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