Flushing & Redness

Facial flushing and redness are common issues encountered in dermatology, often associated with conditions like rosacea, anxiety-induced flushing, KPRF, sun-damage and menopausal flushing. Understanding the specific characteristics and triggers of these conditions is essential for effective management and treatment.

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Common Causes of Flushing and Redness

  • Rosacea   A chronic skin condition that causes persistent facial redness, often with visible blood vessels and acne-like bumps.
  • Anxiety-Induced Flushing  Flushing that occurs in response to stress, embarrassment, or emotional triggers.
  • Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (KPRF)  Characterised by persistent redness and a rough texture, primarily on the cheeks.
  • Menopausal Flushing   Common in perimenopausal and menopausal women, typically related to hormonal fluctuations.

Clinical Features and Treatments

  • Features  Central facial redness, visible blood vessels, and sometimes acne-like bumps.
  • Treatment  Topical and oral medications, vascular laser, and avoiding known triggers.
  • Features  Sudden redness during stress or emotional events.
  • Treatment  Behavioural therapy, stress management techniques, vascular laser, and in some cases, medication.
  • Features  Persistent cheek redness with a rough, bumpy texture.
  • Treatment  Moisturising creams, gentle exfoliation, and vascular laser.
  • Features  This condition is characterised by persistent redness on the face, often accompanied by a rough texture and visible blood vessels. It results from long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, which damages the skin and can lead to premature ageing.
  • Treatment  Avoiding excessive sun exposure and using sunscreen. Topical treatments, laser and light-based therapies
  • Features  Intermittent flushing often accompanied by a sensation of heat, especially in the face and neck.
  • Treatment  Hormone replacement therapy (if appropriate), lifestyle modifications, vascular laser and certain medications.

Management of flushing and redness is tailored to the individual, considering the underlying cause. Effective treatment, particular with vascular laser can significantly improve symptoms and quality of life. Patient education about triggers and long-term management strategies is crucial for sustained relief.

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