Some people just naturally have a reddish face. Of course, if you work in the open air, you may acquire a weathered, red, jolly-farmer face, especially if you are naturally fair-skinned. But a red face can mean that you have a skin disorder, and appropriate treatment should solve the problem. And, rarely, it can mean a more serious disorder such as ‘systemic lupus erythematosus’ that needs to be properly investigated and treated. So do not feel you are wasting your doctor's time by seeking help for a red face.
Questions to ask yourself
Have I been taking steroids? Steroid tablets can cause a red face in some people. If you think this might be the cause in your case, discuss it with your doctor. Do not simply stop the steroids, because this could make you very ill. Strong steroid creams can also make the face red, and can encourage the formation of thread veins that make the skin look redder.
What you can do about a red face
The first step is to discuss the problem with your doctor, to check whether it is caused by a skin disorder that needs treatment. If there is no skin disorder, this may just be the way you are, and you will have to think about disguising the problem if it bothers you. Many cosmetic companies produce make-up to minimize redness, often with a greenish tinge that does not show when it is applied. Try to find one that is ‘hypoallergic’, as people with a red face often have sensitive skin.
Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Thursday, May 17th 2012
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