General redness, also known as diffuse redness, is characterised by intermittent blushing and flushing that leaves the skin red/pink and often warm to the touch. It is most prevalent in people with fairer skin types and commonly appears on the nose, forehead, cheeks and chin. In some cases, it can also be seen on the ears, neck and chest.
Rosacea, on the other hand, is a chronic skin condition that can only be diagnosed by a medical professional and differs from general redness in its severity. It can be difficult to recognise as the condition develops gradually over time but is usually characterised by a persistent deep, ruddy redness accompanied by broken capillaries. The condition has a strong hereditary component and while treatment options are limited.
What causes redness?
Redness occurs when blood rushes to the skin and causes capillaries to dilate, resulting in an overall flushed appearance. If left untreated, the delicate capillaries can remain dilated and result in permanent broken capillaries on the skin’s surface (known as telangiectasia or “spider veins”) or chronic redness (such as Rosacea).
While redness can be your skin’s reaction to a range of conditions there are several triggers that should be avoided where possible, including sun exposure, alcohol consumption, hot or spicy food, exertion, stress, chemicals and cosmetics.
Types of Redness
There are several different types of redness and each will require their own unique assessment and treatment plan. The types of redness we often see in clinic include:
Treatments for Redness
Our Candela GentleYag lasers provide one of the safest and most effective treatments for facial redness and flushing and red facial spider veins. You can expect to see consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects. Please not that the treatment options for redness and rosacea differ slightly and a full skin assessment must be undertaken before treatment can begin. The related treatments on this page are for informational purposes only and may or may not be suitable for you.