Health & Fitness

What Causes Facial Redness and How to Overcome?


A tendency to facial redness often runs in families. There especially seems to be a genetic predisposition with people of Celtic background.

Environmental Damage

Anything that inflames your skin can accelerate the development of facial capillaries. In the USA, this is largely sun but can also be caused by inflammation from excessive wind or cold.


This is a skin condition that usually affects the face and typically flares up intermittently. It may be associated with acne in which case it is termed acne rosacea.


Certain medications such as oral prednisolone or prolonged use of topical hydrocortisone creams can contribute to the formation of facial capillaries.


Facial capillaries, especially around the sides of the nose, can be exacerbated by congestion from such conditions as sinusitis, hayfever and rhinitis.

Facial Spider Veins

Spider Veins are blue or even purple coloured blood vessels that on the face typically occur around the nose. Spider Veins are also very common on the legs and get their name from the spiderweb-like pattern that these vessels can form. Whilst injections (called Sclerotherapy) is the usual treatment of choice for leg spider veins, long-wavelength lasers such as the NdYAG are often used to treat facial spider veins.

Generalised Redness

This occurs from the cumulative effects of years of sun damage, particularly when younger. Generalised redness can occur in combination with Broken Capillaries and other features of sun damage such as uneven pigmentation, skin thickening and precancers ( Solar Keratosis). Laser and BBL treatment can significantly improve these issues.

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Facial redness is a very common problem in men as they are more likely to work outdoors, spend long hours in the car and participate in outdoor sports. Many men find that not only is facial redness unsightly but it can also worsen significantly with activity. Facial redness can also cause the skin to feel tender and be associated with a flushing ora heat sensation. When the redness involves the nose men often worry that people think that they are heavy drinkers because of the redness. Generalised redness can also make a man appear as looking embarrassed in social or work situations when they are not. Check out the best treatment for face by getting PRP treatment in NY for the face


In men, the main reason that redness on the face occurs is due to broken capillaries that develop from a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors. Genetic factors determine your skin type and men with Celtic type skin seem much more susceptible to developing facial capillaries and facial redness. Environmental factors that contribute to causing facial redness in men are basically the things that inflame and irritate your skin which in Australia are sun, wind and cold.

Essentially anything that raises your body temperature will result in more blood flow to the surface of the skin to dissipate the heat, and if there are additional facial blood vessels then these will open up and become more prominent. Book an Appointment for the best deep cleansing facial in New City USA.

How to Overcome FACIAL REDNESS?

Laser and broadband light devices are both used to treat facial redness in men. At the Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centre we have several options and choice of the most appropriate method depends on the type of problem causing the redness, severity of the condition and consideration of downtime. The main vascular lasers we use are the EXCEL V (532/1064) and DIODE (532/940) and the main broadband light device we use is the BBL.

However facial redness is treated it is important to slow the rate of more damage by daily use of an appropriate sunblock even for men who work indoors. Other topical medications mayalso need to be prescribed especially with chronic conditions such as Rosacea.


It only can take 2-3 treatments to get the facial redness under control and then it is not unusual for maintenance treatments to be needed in the future such as once a year.


A typical vascular laser treatment costs $350. Most men find the reaction is similar to a mild sunburn and if there is going to be much reaction that this occurs in the first 48 hours. We do advise caution with sun exposure on the treated area until any reaction has settled.Small crusts similar to a cat scratch can occur and it is important that these are not picked or traumatised as they represent healing skin and usually fall off over a week. We recommend using something soothing on the skin such as Centella, Aloe Vera or Vitamin E gently applied each day.

Blissful Me Medspa is a medical-grade spa which provides services to clients and customers directly by a board-certified physician, who is well rounded with professional aesthetic skills and a background in family medicine. 

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