Is Rosacea the Reason Your Experiencing Redness on Cheeks?

Are you experiencing redness on cheeks?

Or intense flushing, noticeable tiny blood vessels?

Or maybe you are concerned with pimple-like spots that resemble acne.

Then, chances are you are dealing with rosacea.

Rosacea is indeed a complex and often perplexing skin condition.

While makeup can temporarily conceal redness, addressing the underlying issue is crucial.

So join us as we look at managing and controlling rosacea effectively.

And if you’re keen to learn more on this subject, we put together a free ebook for you.

Redness on Cheeks

Redness on the cheeks is often associated with rosacea, a complex condition with various potential causes and triggers.

While inflammation contributes to redness, rosacea’s precise origins are not fully understood, as indicated in this study (1).

One common perspective is that rosacea is a vascular disorder because it exhibits symptoms like flushing, persistent redness, and visible blood vessels.

Alternatively, it may be a direct result of the nervous system triggering flare-ups during episodes of emotional stress.

Swelling in the affected areas results from increased blood flow during flushing, leading to tissue fluid accumulation faster than the lymphatic system can manage.

Rosacea is a possible explanation for the redness on your cheeks. A study (2) conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) on 986 people with rosacea revealed some interesting statistics:

  • Roughly 60% of participants found persistent redness on cheeks to be the most bothersome symptom they experienced.
  • About 30% reported experiencing flare-ups more than once a week and facial redness daily.
  • 34% of participants experienced facial redness and flare-ups several times a week.
  • 77% of them often experienced persistent redness.
  • 61% reported having pimples and bumps.
  • 53% had visible blood vessels.
  • 46% said they experienced irritation, itching, and burning.
  • 43% had red, irritated, or watery eyes, a sign of ocular rosacea.
  • 27% reported rough and thickened skin or a red, swollen nose, characteristic of phymatous changes.

These statistics indicate a strong correlation between rosacea and persistent facial redness. Managing this redness can be particularly challenging for many individuals with rosacea.

Treating Redness on Cheeks

To effectively manage and minimise redness on cheeks, consider these skincare tips:

Patch Test: Before using new skincare products, perform a patch test to check for adverse reactions.

Be Gentle: Treat your skin with care. Avoid harsh manual cleaning brushes or aggressive manual exfoliants that could cause micro-tears in your skin.

Water Temperature: When your skin is experiencing a flare-up, it’s best to avoid water on your face altogether. Hot water, typically used for body cleansing, is too harsh for facial skin.

Ingredient Awareness: Be mindful of common ingredients that can trigger or worsen redness, including fragrance, alcohol, menthol, tea tree, witch hazel, and astringent.

Avoid Acne Products: Misdiagnosis can lead to using acne-specific products that are often too harsh for rosacea-prone skin. Ensure your skincare products are suitable for redness on cheeks.

Humidifier: Placing a humidifier on your bedside table can help maintain optimal moisture levels in your skin.

Ingredient Check: Always read the ingredient list on skincare products. Over time, you’ll learn which ingredients your skin reacts to, enabling you to make more informed choices.

Understanding the components of your skincare products and being diligent about the ingredients can empower you to make the best decisions for your skin.

We put together a skincare routine for rosacea, which you can read here.

Products to Calm Redness

Soothing skincare products are the best for rosacea.

You’ll want to use ingredients that calm inflammation because rosacea is an inflammatory skin problem—not a type of acne.

  1. Choose soothing and strengthening formulas and natural antihistamine ingredients, like those in the Xcell barrier repair complex.
  2. Consider strengthening your barrier function with Fortify barrier repair to help rebuild your skin while calming and soothing inflammation.

It’s worth noting that cellular turnover is every 4 to 6 weeks, and skincare can take between 8 and 12 weeks to have a meaningful impact, so please be patient.

Diet is also important when dealing with all rosacea, so include essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, 6 & 9.

To conclude. The naked truth

Recognising that persistent redness on your cheeks is a defining characteristic of rosacea and should not be underestimated.

When treating rosacea, there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution. This is a complex condition that often requires a process of trial and error to manage effectively.

Amidst the sea of theories and supposed miracle cures, you must exercise caution and scepticism when someone promises a skincare product that can magically “cure” the redness on your cheeks or rosacea.

The most proven methods for treating rosacea are based on decades of extensive research and involve identifying and eliminating the triggers.

There is no such thing as a quick fix; instead, your focus should be reducing skin inflammation.

This can be accomplished by repairing your skin’s acid mantle, enhancing its barrier function, and fortifying it; you can take significant steps towards effectively managing and minimising the redness on your cheeks.


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