Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Red Face

From a dermatological standpoint, redness of the face can be caused by a variety of different conditions. Common skin conditions that can cause redness of the face include acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and allergic contact dermatitis. Less common skin conditions that can cause redness on the face include psoriasis, infections (tinea - fungal, impetigo - bacterial), lupus, and keratosis pilaris. Some of these conditions are treated with topical and/or oral anti-inflammatory medications, while others are treated with topical and/or oral antibiotics/antifungals. In this day and age, most people like to do online research and try to self-medicate before seeing a health care professional. This is not advised, as many of these skin conditions can be worsened by using the wrong treatments.

Some forms of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma & squamous cell carcinoma) and pre-cancers (actinic keratoses) can also cause red spots on the face.

A simple skin biopsy can confirm the diagnosis that is causing redness of the face.

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