A healthy pinkish glow is usual for many people. However, if your skin is prone to intense red coloring that is affecting your esteem, it is essential to find out the cause. Facial redness can be attributed to many factors including:
Acne – Acne occurs when pores become clogged by the dead skin, oil, and bacteria. This causes red spots that can be painful to touch. The redness may remain once the spots have cleared.
Rosacea – This is the most common cause of skin redness. It is usually triggered by hot weather, sun/wind exposure, alcohol, spicy foods, etc.
Seborrhea – This is a skin condition characterized by red, scaly and dry patches appearing persistently on the skin. It affects other parts of the body as well apart from the face.
Sensitive skin and allergic reactions – This can be prone to redness if it comes into contact with irritants.
There are some clinical procedures for the reduction of facial redness that have been proven to improve the condition significantly. These are:
Intense pulsed light (IPL) – In a process known as photo rejuvenation, this device emits a wide range of light wavelengths and is therefore used in the treatment of various skin issues. Treatment is carried out in a series of between four to six appointments. Results are visible after the recommended initial treatment, and there are no side effects apart from the initial redness that lasts a few hours. Regular treatments help maintain the results over a more extended period.
Genesis Laser Toning – Works the same way as an IPL, the only difference being that it only uses a specific wavelength of light. This wavelength can target deeper blood vessels in the skin which causes redness. For the best outcome, it is advisable to alternate between this treatment and IPL.
Microdermabrasion – This is the process of removing the uppermost layer of the skin. It uses mild abrasives, aluminium crystals, and vitamin C crystals to remove dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production. It is beneficial to those whose rosacea have a slight acne element.
Chemical peels– These are best used to reduce redness caused by sun damage. During this treatment, application of a chemical solution is carried out on the skin which unclogs the skin pores and removes dead skin to boost new skin growth. Side effect includes excessive redness for the first few hours after the treatment. This redness should clear up within a few hours to a day.
When considering clinical procedures for the reduction of facial redness,it is important to consult a medical specialist like a dermatologist, who uses laser treatments often and is experienced in treatment of facial redness. Due diligence limits the dangers that may be encountered through treatment by people without proper training in the use of laser and medical knowledge of the skin. They will be able to correctly advise if these procedures apply to you after a thorough consultation and diagnosis. This is because no two people are the same and what works for one may not necessarily work for the other.