Facial Redness & Burning

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Red or pink skin on the face is often related to embarrassment or nervousness. It usually goes away after a while and is not really anything to worry about. Sometimes, though, redness is a little more permanent and is accompanied by a burning sensation. This may be the sign of a more serious problem. It is essential to know the cause of facial redness and burning and to treat it accordingly.


Recognizing facial redness and burning is pretty easy. It may come in several different forms. It may be that the skin around the cheeks, corners of the nose, forehead and chin have a dark pink or reddish hue. The red color may also be accompanied by little bumps, which may be painful. The face will also feel warm, or even hot, to the touch. These symptoms signify more then common blushing and indicate that you have a problem.


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Rosacea is defined by MayoClinic.com as "a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects adults. It causes redness in your face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules." It is a serious skin condition and the leading cause of chronic redness and burning on the face. If left untreated, rosacea gets worse over time. It can also be triggered and made worse by other external sources such as skin care products and overexposure to the sun. Rosacea does not yet have a cure, but it can be treated and controlled.

Other Causes

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Temporary facial redness and burning may also be caused by many other things. Some common causes are allergic reactions to certain substances and topical skin care products, allergic reactions to makeup, stress, certain medicines, excessive sun exposure, fever, exercise, alcohol consumption, heat exhaustion and menopause.


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If the cause of your facial redness and burning is rosacea, MayoClinic.com says that it will take a combination of topical medication and oral antibiotics. This will help control the rosacea, but it will not take it away completely. Doctors may also prescribe acne medications like Accutane for severe cases. If the redness and burning is not due to rosacea, it can usually be treated with topical ointments made to sooth skin. Look for ingredients like Lavender, sandalwood, green tea and oatmeal. Apply them to the skin as directed.


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To prevent facial redness and burning, avoid things that you know will irritate your skin. Also, avoid washing your face with harsh skin care products. Use cool water when rinsing the face because hot water will irritate red, burning skin and make it worse. Always protect your face against the elements when you go outside. Wear sunscreen and protect your face from sun, cold and wind with a scarf. Redness on the skin can also be covered up with makeup. Women should use a green or yellow tinted pre-foundation cream which are made to cover redness.