skin health

Reddening of the face - Causes and Symptoms


The redness of the face is a symptom characterized by the appearance of a pink or reddish color on the face, particularly accentuated on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It may be transient or persistent.

The face can blush due to a marked sensitivity to emotional stimuli (anger, embarrassment and anxiety) or to temperature changes (heat, cold, wind and physical strain). Even the ingestion of hot drinks or spicy foods, alcohol intake, an intense headache, digestion and hot flashes in menopause can predispose to this event. Redness in the face may also occur due to some drugs (in particular, vasodilators and antihypertensives), headaches (especially in the case of cluster headaches), hypertension and allergic reactions (eg to insect bites or cosmetics for the face). The persistent redness, on the other hand, can manifest itself with specific skin diseases, such as couperose, rosacea, acne, dermatitis, sunburn or sunburn.

The image of a reddening of the face in a female subject - taken from:

Possible Causes * of Redness of the Face

  • Acne
  • Alcoholism
  • Contact allergy
  • Headache
  • rosacea
  • Dengue
  • Dermatitis
  • Perioral dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Sunburn
  • Yellow fever
  • Hypertension
  • Menopause
  • Cushing's disease
  • Pellagra
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Rosacea