We all blush from time to time at moments of embarrassment, stress or another strong emotion, and unfortunately, it’s a physical reaction completely beyond our control. The blood rushes into the tiny blood vessels in the skin, and you can feel your face heat up.
Some people blush more easily than others, however, and in certain cases this is indicative not of a sensitive soul but of an underlying skin condition.
Rosacea usually starts with periods of blushing, and can then develop into spots. Sufferers can also end up with a ‘ruddy’ complexion, as the blood vessels in the skin remain dilated. These vessels may then become apparent, with severe cases experiencing a thickening and reddening of the nose.
This is a chronic skin condition, which means it can flare up again and again. The efficacy of treatments varies greatly from individual to individual, but it is important to take steps to keep the condition under control and to avoid some of the known triggers, namely: stress, alcohol, spicy food and the sun.
One form of rosacea treatment that is non-invasive and safe uses Intense Pulsed Light technology to damage the blood vessels causing the problem. As a result, the redness lessens and appearance improves.