What’s causing redness and itchiness on my face?

Skin conditionsRedness and/or dry and flaky skin on the surface of the face is a common enough problem yet can be embarrassing and highly distressing for the sufferer. Despite this, many people fail to seek the advice of a doctor or dermatologist and either leave the problem untreated or attempt to treat it with over-the-counter creams which may or may not be suitable.

The first step if you suffer from redness or flakiness is to seek medical help however here is a guide to what the problem may be:

Rosacea

Rosacea almost always occurs on the face and results in red flushes and sometimes red lumps with pustules that can resemble acne. Typically the redness will worsen with triggers such as spicy food and alcohol.

Eczema

Eczema can occur on both the face and the body and tends to start in childhood. It causes dry and flaky skin that is often itchy. It’s usually triggered by an allergic reaction.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is shows up as white flaky skin in certain areas. As well as showing up on the face it is common on the scalp, knees and elbows. It can be itchy and uncomfortable and is often hereditary although it can be triggered by infection or stress.

Treatments will include various topical creams or antibiotics. It is also possible to minimise redness on the face through a course of chemical peels or microdermabrasion.

Aurora Skin Clinics are an expert group of aesthetic practitioners and skin specialists. If you would like information or advice on skin care or skin treatments, give our friendly team a call on 01844 318825 or email info@aurora-skin-clinics.co.uk.