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Why are my cheeks flushed?

Why are my cheeks flushed?

Posted on 14. Jul, 2010 by in Chemical Peel, Cosmetic Treatments, Esthetics, Fractional CO2 Treatment, Lasers, Microdermabrasion, Photodynamic Therapy, Rashes, Skin Care, Skin Conditions, Sunscreen, Various

What could it be?

Do you get a flushed appearance on your face without exerting yourself? Do you have breakouts on your cheeks and nose although puberty is long gone? If so, you may suffer from a condition called Rosacea.  Rosacea is a common inflammatory disorder of the skin which can manifest itself in one of four ways.

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Vascular components such as Telangectasia (small dilated blood vessels just below the surface of the skin) and erythema (redness of the skin).
  2. Papulopustular rosacea: The acne component of pustules and papules.
  3. Phymatous rosacea: Irregular nodularities of the nose. The nose becomes thicken and enlarged. 
  4. Occular rosacea: Inflammatory eye irritation.

 Who is at risk?

Those who are at greatest risk are those individuals who are fair skinned between 30 to 60 years of age.  However, the fact is that Rosacea can be found in all races, ages and ethnic groups.

Rosacea frequently causes the cheeks to have a flushed or red appearance. At first this redness may be intermitted and mimic other common skin disorders.  However, the longer Rosacea goes untreated, the higher the potential for permanent redness of the cheeks, nose and even the forehead.

What is the cause?

There cause of the disease remains somewhat elusive.  However, it is believed that the causes may be both hereditary and environmental in origin.  Symptoms can be controlled by medication and self care but this does not eliminate the disease.

 What can make my symptoms worse?

Extremes in weather, emotional stress, heavy exercise, and alcohol consumption. Spicy food and some cosmetics are also some of the most common triggers of this condition.

How is it treated?

Treatment for Rosacea is directed at the components that it displays. Certain topical antibiotics like metronidazole as well as azelaic acid can be used to reduce inflammation and redness. It may be necessary for long term use of topical antibiotics to prevent symptoms from recurring. The use of skin care products such as moisturizers, mild soaps, sunscreens and sun blocks that are effective against both UVA and UVB radiation have been effective in the improvement of the overall condition of your skin may also help reduce symptoms of your rosacea.  Oral antibiotics may also be given to patients because they tend to give faster relief than topical ones. Some of the most common prescribed oral antibiotics include Minocycline, tetracycline, and Doxycycline.  In addition, there are also laser treatments available to treat the redness and blood vessels caused by rosacea.  Speak to your dermatologist about the treatment options that will work best for you.

One Response to “Why are my cheeks flushed?”

  1. David

    04. Jun, 2011

    Wonderful article! I found it very helpful and informative. Thank you!!

    – David, Boca Facial Fitness

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