Facial redness is one of those mysteries I'm never quite sure how to solve. It's apparent when my face seems more flushed than usual, but I'm not always clear what I should do about it or even why I have it. Case in point: I've apparently spent my whole life with a mild case of rosacea which I suspected for years but didn't confirm until a month ago. And last year, when I experienced what turned out to be an eczema flare-up, even the dermatologist I visited had to walk me through a very long series of questions before determining exactly what I was experiencing. There's a wealth of information out there on the many types of facial redness, but it can get incredibly overwhelming to sort through it all.
8 Reasons Your Face Is Red, and What to Do About It
8 Reasons You Have Redness on Your Face and How to Treat It | Glamour
Skin flushing or blushing describes feelings of warmth and rapid reddening of your neck, upper chest, or face. Blotchiness or solid patches of redness are often visible when blushing. Flushing happens as a result of increased blood flow. Whenever there is more blood flow to an area of skin such as your cheeks , the blood vessels enlarge to compensate. Flushed skin is a common physical response to anxiety, stress, embarrassment, anger, or another extreme emotional state.
Flushed skin occurs when the hundreds of tiny blood vessels just beneath the skin dilate, or widen. When these blood vessels expand, they rapidly fill with more blood, which can make the skin appear red or pink. This effect is more noticeable in regions of the body where the blood vessels are closest to the skin, such as the cheeks and chest.