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Red Patches on Face, Causes and Remedies

Updated on June 19, 2013

Sometimes you may notice red patches growing around your eyes, on cheek and nose, and you have no idea where those come from. These Red patches on face may occur due to various reasons. Mostly white skin people are the sufferers of red patches. Usually these red skin patches on face disappear within a week. However, spots staying longer than a week may cause serious trouble or leave permanent mark on your face.

Causes of Red Patches on Face

Dry skin is very much prone to developing red patches. Besides the environmental factors, some other diseases and skin condition may produce dry red patches on face. Some major causes of red patches on face are mentioned here:

  1. Red patches are bacterial or fungal infection on the skin. In primary level, they are not noticeable but soon turn into red patches.
  2. If you are suffering from some specific medical illness like diabetics, anemia, kidney or liver problem, it is usual that red patches will occur on your face.
  3. If your makeup contains chemicals that you are allergic to then your skin may produce red patches. Allergic chemicals in the cosmetics, soap and body spray can do the same thing.
  4. Scratching or scrubbing face sometimes produces redness that may lead to patches or dark spots on your face.
  5. Your eating habit can be responsible for developing patches on your face. If you are eating dry food a lot then it will reflect on your face making a dry look. On dry skin, patches are seen clearly.
  6. Lack of nutrition and moisture on your skin are other major reasons behind red patches on face. If your body is suffering deficiency of Vitamins and necessary minerals then your skin will become dull and prone to bacterial and fungal attacks.
  7. Consuming spicy foods with high histamines like tea, coffee and alcohol effects in rashes and patches on facial skin.
  8. Mental stresses or hard working sessions may cause red patches around your eyes.
  9. Red patches also occur from some neurological disorders which often is inherited from genes.
  10. Rosacea (a common skin condition) often produces persistent redness on your face. It produces sunburn type red patches or blotchy skin. The redness mainly affects chin, nose and cheek but sometimes can spread to the forehead.
  11. Sometimes, women suffer from dry red patches on face and neck after child birth.

Remedies of dry patches on face

  1. If rashes are for bacterial or fungal infection then try any doctor recommended antibiotic. Antibiotic works on your skin by purifying your blood and improving the supply of oxygen to the facial cells.
  2. Leave your stresses and try to relax your mind. If you are working some hard sessions, take proper rest.
  3. Avoid unusual use of cosmetics and makeup. If you are going to a party where makeup is necessary then put a moisturized foundation on your face before you put makeup.
  4. Try to stay out of sun and cold breeze as much as possible. Use sun-block cream whenever you have to go out. During winter protect skin dryness with a good moisturizer.
  5. If your food list contains allergic foods then rearrange it with juicy and fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid taking caffeine and alcohol. Drink plenty of water daily.
  6. Do not scratch or scrub your face roughly. While using face wash or cleanser on your face, try soft smooth brush or your finger tip to scrub gently with a circular motion.
  7. If you are suffering from Rosacea, changing your lifestyle can help you. Especially avoiding those things that trigger or worsen the symptoms would be wise. Oral and topical medicines are also available to treat inflammatory type of Rosacea.
  8. If you are suffering from red dry patches on face and neck after child birth, you can try eucerin cream or other over the counter creams.

Though red patches on face is not a very serious type of skin problem, but your carelessness on this matter may make it worse. Usually red patches are gone within a week. If not, then consult with your skin specialist as those may be due to side effects of other underlying diseases.


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and helpful health tips on Red Patches on Face, Causes and Remedies. These points should be considered carefully when attending to children with red patches.


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