Why aren't my cheeks red

What to do with red cheeks

Having flushed cheeks in certain situations is very normal. Permanently red cheeks can be an indication of an illness.

When the circulation revs up, the blood vessels expand, as do the fine veins in the skin of the face. Normally, the system shuts down again after a while and the cheeks return to their natural skin tone.

You may experience temporary red cheeks in these situations:

  • Sudden temperature differences (especially in winter when you move from the cold to warm interiors)
  • Physical activity (sport, exertion)
  • Blushing (in embarrassing situations, stress)
  • Hot drinks
  • Spicy food
  • alcohol

Permanently flushed cheeks as an alarm signal

If the cheeks are permanently reddened - regardless of sport or the situations mentioned - and bluish-red veins are visible in the cheek and nose area, this can be a sign of a serious illness. This also as Couperose The phenomenon called permanent facial reddening is the result of a congestion of blood in the fine veins that can no longer contract.

In many cases, the reason for this is weakened connective tissue in the area of ​​the face, which means that the blood vessels are no longer as stable and it is difficult for the veins to contract. Experts assume that couperose is already a preliminary stage of Rosacea - a permanent inflammation of the skin.

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When to the doctor

Anyone who has permanent reddening of the face and nose should definitely consult a doctor. In the couperose stage there are still ways to counteract this. However, if rosacea develops, treatment becomes more difficult. In addition, those affected often have to deal with side effects such as hypersensitivity of the facial skin, flaking, impurities and inflamed nodules in the skin. Rosacea usually comes on in flare-ups and affects people aged around 30 and over. It is noticeable that it occurs mainly in light-skinned, blonde or red-haired people.

In extreme cases and in the absence of therapy, the increasing compression of the tissue threatens a so-called rhinophyma, which the vernacular describes as "schnapps nose".

How can you prevent it?

  • Healthy lifestyle (sufficient physical activity, balanced diet, alcohol only in moderation)
  • Regular facial cleansing and skin-friendly special care
  • Avoid rubbing the face vigorously with the towel
  • No sport in extreme cold
  • Regular check-ups at the dermatologist
  • Sun protection

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Authors:
Astrid Leitner

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