A red face is a condition in which you have redness, blushing or
flushing of the face. It can be temporary and last just a few moments,
or it can be present for days, weeks or months at a time.
A red face can be caused by a variety of underlying diseases, disorders
and conditions. They include skin infections; skin conditions, such as
rosacea, acne and eczema; and allergic and inflammatory conditions, such
as sunburn, vasculitis, and allergies to foods, insect bites, and face
creams. A red face can also be caused by fever, as well as emotional,
environmental or dietary factors such as anger, heat, wind, coughing, or
eating spicy foods. In other cases, skin conditions causing a red face
can be inherited or develop due to genetic factors or aging.
Some causes of an ongoing red face are preventable and others are not.
Facial redness can be prevented in some cases with proper skin care and
skin protection, including such practices as consistently using
nonirritating or hypoallergenic facial cleansers and sunscreen.
It is important when you have a red face to pay close attention to all of your symptoms as this may help determine the causes of your skin condition.