Does it feel like facial redness just showed up overnight? It can be a frustrating and confusing experience that leads to self-consciousness. The truth is: More often than not, your facial redness didn’t just show up out of the blue. There’s normally a root cause to facial redness! And getting to the bottom of it will help you develop an effective treatment plan that gets you feeling good in your skin again in no time.
Facial redness can affect anyone, and it’s one of the most common complaints dermatologists address each year. So if you’re experiencing a red face, you’re not alone. Let’s uncover eight of the potential causes of facial redness, so you can best address this pesky skin concern:
8 Possible Causes of Facial Redness
1. Environmental and Lifestyle Factors
Oftentimes, facial redness is a reflection of your internal environment. However, external environmental factors can be a trigger for your blushed skin! Environmental triggers commonly are extremely hot or cold weather, wind, strenuous exercise or physical exertion.
Possible lifestyle triggers include:
- Emotional stress
- Taking certain medications, including some blood pressure medicines
- Spicy foods
- Dairy and other inflammatory foods
Generally speaking, once you can pinpoint some of your personal triggers (because they’re different for everyone!), you can eliminate those triggers from your lifestyle and see some form of relief from your facial redness. Oftentimes, that’s only one step to managing redness, though. Keep reading to learn more about other contributing causes of a red face!
2. Irritation from Harsh Skincare Ingredients
Redness that appears or worsens after using topical products may be a sign that one of the ingredients is irritating your skin. While not all bad, the following ingredients can be harsher on the skin and contribute to skin redness and irritation:
- Glycolic acid
- Salicylic acid
- Witch hazel
- Menthol or peppermint oil
- Synthetic fragrances
- Preservatives and parabens
It also possible to not only experience redness as a result of skincare products, but also look out for harsh ingredients or chemicals in detergents as well as hair care products.
3. Poor Gut Health
Research shows that almost half of people suffering from rosacea also have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (or SIBO). Coincidence? Nope. After receiving treatment for SIBO, 90% of people saw significant or complete reduction of their rosacea.
There’s a reason over 2,000 years ago Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” It’s a central hub for health, and your gut health can be seen reflected in your entire body, including your skin.
4. Imbalanced Skin Microbiome
Just like your gut microbiome is home to trillions of bacteria, your skin also has a microbiome of its own! The skin microbiome is made up of both bad and good bacteria. When the number of bad bacteria overpowers the good, it throws off the delicate balance of the microbiome and can contribute to skin conditions like facial redness.
Simple things like over-cleansing, over-exfoliating, and using products with preservatives or antibiotics can all disrupt the balance of your skin microbiome.
That’s why we created the Gladskin Redness Relief Cream, launching Spring 2021! We’ve harnessed the power of our patented smart protein, endolysin Micreobalance®, to create an innovative cream that works with your skin to natural rebalance your skin microbiome while it moisturizes.
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5. Skin Mites
Don’t worry! Skin mites sound a lot scarier than they are. Demodex mites are found on all human skin. They’re a natural part of the microbiome! Demodex folliculorum live in the hair follicles, mainly on the face, and in the meibomian glands of the eyelids. Demodex brevis live in the sebaceous glands of the skin.
Research shows that an increased number of Demodex folliculorum are found in people with rosacea. Demodex are thought to contribute to an immune response that causes inflammation, leading to facial redness. A specific bacteria called Bacillus oleronius has been located in these mites, which means as mites increase, so does this bacteria. Newer research proposes this may be the key to the true connection between mites and facial redness…
And that’s another reason to help keep your skin microbiome in balance!
It’s true. Research shows your genes may play a role in facial redness. Many people with rosacea have family that also struggle with the skin condition. One study determined two areas of the genome are associated with the presence of rosacea. Interestingly, they are located near genes involved in the role of inflammation and autoimmune diseases.
Whether from dry air, overwashing, excess sun exposure, drying ingredients in topical products, chlorine, or any other factor, dry skin on your face can leave you looking flushed. Luckily in most cases, dryness is easy to combat with an effective moisturizer. Keeping your skin hydrated is a critical part of skin health. That’s why providing moisture back to the skin was one of our key concerns when formulating GladSkin Redness Relief Cream. You get effective moisture without preservatives, sulfates, parabens, or fragrances. Just healthy moisture! Learn more here.
At the root of many of these facial redness causes is inflammation. Short-term (or acute) inflammation is healthy; it’s your body’s natural process of trying to protect itself. However, long-term inflammation as a result of an imbalance in the skin microbiome, overgrowth of skin mites, poor gut health, or repeated exposure to triggering environments or products leads to trouble… like chronic facial redness.
Minimizing overall inflammation in the body and bringing balance to the skin microbiome are two of the most powerful action steps you can take to fight skin redness. Start today!