If you suffer from red facial flushing on your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead it could be caused by a skin condition called rosacea.
1 in 10 people between the ages 30-60 are estimated to suffer from this inflammatory skin condition. There's no cure, says consultant dermatologist Dr Walayat Hussain, but be reassured that there are treatments that can help you manage the condition.
Redness may fluctuate but may become more noticeable and persistent the longer you have rosacea, resulting in the appearance of visible blood vessels or spider veins. Other symptoms may include permanent redness of the skin, pustular acne spots or thickened and swollen skin on the nose and forehead. Your skin may also become dry and flaky.
Dr. Wayalat Hussain, spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists, notices the effect it can have on his patients:
'It may seem a trivial problem but rosacea can have a really big effect on a person's confidence especially now everyone is so much more aware of how they look.
Rosacea patients regularly tell me how embarrassed they are about having a red face or flushing and how they have been accused of being drinkers because of their flushed appearance; it can cause a lot of distress.’
Further to this, rosacea can be mistaken for acne. It is crucial to recognise that whereas acne involves blackheads and blocked pores, rosacea does not. It is paramount to make this distinction so as not to delay the appropriate treatment for you.