Also known as erythema or hyperhydrosis, red skin is caused by a variety of reasons. One of the main causes is rosacea or a hyperactive sympathetic system when the face blood vessels dilate involuntarily that leads to flushes of red. Such involuntary redness can often be very embarrassing and greatly affects the social life of the people suffering from red skin problems. It is a common skin disorder and there are innumerable skin products and treatments for red skin problems.
Red Skin Treatment Options
Treatment options range from using topical creams to oral medications to dermatological approved laser treatments.
If the redness is not severe, then application of topical cream is one of the best options. While buying over the counter topical creams check that it contains licorice extract.Apply such topical creams onto the affected area and this can greatly calm the nerves and reduce the redness of the skin quite effectively. Used by many dermatologists, this is an effective redness treatment associated with rosacea and other skin disorders.
Though the result is not very immediate, topical creams can treat such problems quite effectively. Minor side effects can occur such as mild stinging sensation and skin peeling but these vanish with time.
If using topical creams does not solve the problem, and then use low-dose steroid creams. Usually dermatologist recommended, these creams are available in pharmacies and long-term use can be counterproductive.Hence, one must consult a skin specialist before one buys a steroid cream for the redness disorder. It is highly recommended, that one starts with low-dose cream to understand if your skin is compatible with the ingredients or not.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
This is one of the most effective options for treating red skin problems. Like any laser treatments, this also uses lasers to target the colored skin areas. The lasers destroy the skin cells that cause redness and this way it effectively eliminates red skin problems.
Patients are recommended to go through such treatments at least three times a week for a span of three months. Known to be very effective, it is also one of the most common and preferred treatments of patients suffering from one such red skin disorders called severe psoriasis.
KTP Laser Treatment
A well known treatment for people suffering from red skin problems such as rosacea or chronic facial flushing, KTP treatment also involves the use of laser to collapse the redness causing blood vessels in the area.
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS)
Another surgical procedure that cures the isolated facial flushing, this involves clamping or clipping the nerves that cause redness of the area. This treatment also prevents the dilation of blood vessels.
One can simply use aloe vera extract on the affected area. Alternatively, one can also use over-the-counter lotion containing aloe vera.Another option is to take an oatmeal bath by dissolving oatmeal into the bath water and soaking in it for approximately 30 minutes. Also, one can apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly before you apply sunscreen lotion when one gets out of the house and can prevent flushing of the skin.