The reddening of the skin in small or large patches can be caused by a variety of external factors and skin conditions. Sunburn, along with other types of burn, can cause the skin to turn red temporarily. Other conditions may require a doctor diagnosis so that the best treatment can be received.
Dermatitis can cause redness, inflammation and itchy skin. Atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, typically affects the insides of elbows, behind the knees and in front of the neck. Redness flares up due to mainly external triggers.
Heat rash causes patches of red, itchy skin alongside raised pimples. Hot and humid conditions cause the skin to become irritated and a stinging sensation can sometimes be felt.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes long-term skin redness, mainly affecting the face. Sufferers of rosacea often report that symptoms start as simple flushes, but over time may result in almost permanent redness.
If skin redness does not subside after a few days, covers a large area of the body, becomes painful or shows signs of infection, you should seek medical attention. If your redness occurs as part of a skin condition, aesthetic treatment options may reduce its symptoms.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.