Blushing is a common complaint when we are embarrassed, but thankfully this redness is only temporary. Consistent redness of the skin is another matter and can lead to more embarrassment for those who struggle with this skin concern.
Common redness skin concerns include rosacea, cherry angiomas, broken capillaries and spider naevi, to name a few. Caused by various factors, these skin conditions display a form of redness on the skin, whether through small red spots and bumps or visible dilated blood vessels.
Redness associated with rosacea is thought to be caused through hereditary reasons, but it can be triggered by various factors like hot and cold temperatures, alcohol, stress, topical irritants on the skin and some foods such as cheese and spicy foods.
Broken capillaries can appear for no reason at all, but there are a few factors that can contribute to the issue. Genetics are thought to play a part in the appearance of broken capillaries, with hormonal changes often attributed with their formation, although other factors like trauma to the skin, alcohol use, sunburn and rosacea can also cause broken capillaries.
A cherry angioma is a bright red or purple spot made up of blood vessels which often appear on the torso of the body, although they can develop anywhere, including the arms, legs, chest, and even the scalp. Whilst the cause of cherry angiomas is not fully known, they appear to have a link with ageing and have also been associated with pregnancy hormones, certain medical conditions, climate and exposure to chemicals.
Spider Naevi is a cluster of minute red blood vessels visible under the skin, occurring typically during pregnancy or as a symptom of certain medical issues or skin complaints (e.g. cirrhosis or acne rosacea). Spider naevi are thought to be caused by hormonal changes in the body and have been linked to increased oestrogen which makes pregnant women and people with liver disease more prone. Ageing, weight gain, immobility and sun exposure are other factors that can lead to the appearance of spider naevi.