red cheeks and other facial zones caused by rosacea

Rosacea couperose zones

Red cheeks can be caused by many things but generally they are a symptom of an expansion of facial blood vessels.

Some people just blush very quickly when embarrassed or experiencing other emotions.

Others get red cheeks during temperature swings. Also exercising, eating hot foods, and many other things may cause red cheeks.

Red Cheeks Caused by Rosacea

One frequently occurring cause is rosacea. (1 in 20 people in the US suffer from this skin ailment)

Most people with rosacea have only mild redness and are never formally diagnosed or treated. There is no single, specific test for rosacea.

Rosacea is a chronicm cosmetic skin condition in which the blood vessels dilate excessively which causes redness. This skin condition is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Red, flushed, cheeks (and other parts of the face)
  • Tiny red veins that look like spiderwebs
  • Pimples or bumps on the center of the face (nose, cheeks, forehead, and mouth). Rosacea is sometimes called Adult Acne because of these similarities. Also, people with rosacea often also suffer from acne.
  • Skin sensitivity. Stinging or burning sensations, often after application of lotions or creams.
  • Red and irritated eyes. The eyelids may appear swollen and red, and vision may be blurry. Without treatment, rosacea can cause serious eye problems.

No Actual Cure, Reduction of Symptoms and Appearance

There is no actual cure for this chronic skin condition. Treatment is focused on;

  • cosmetic appearance including;
    reducing redness, and reducing the incidence, duration, and severeness of flares.
  • and offering relief of symptoms;
    such as itching, skin sensitivity, burning, and tenderness.

Common rosacea creams and ointments used for these purposes are topical antibiotics. They are more suitable for more severe types of rosacea and their use is focused on relief of pustules, papules, inflammation, and acne lesions. The downside of such medicines are the side effects.

In some cases all-natural products shows good results. For a well-reviewed example of such a cream read this Revitol rosacea cream review.

Rosacea Flare-ups

Rosacea is characterized by flare-ups. These are triggered by many circumstances.

A survey by the National Rosacea Society of 1,066 rosacea patients showed which factors affect the most people: (Source: the Rosacea Wikipedia page.

Sun exposure 81%
Emotional stress 79%
Hot weather 75%
Wind 57%
Heavy exercise 56%
Alcohol consumption 52%
Hot baths 51%
Cold weather 46%
Spicy foods 45%
Humidity 44%
Indoor heat 41%
Certain skin-care products 41%
Heated beverages 36%
Certain cosmetics 27%
Medications (specifically stimulants) 15%
Medical conditions 15%
Certain fruits 13%
Marinated meats 10%
Certain vegetables 9%
Dairy products 8%