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My face skin tone is way too red, how to fix this?

post #1 of 16
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The skin tone of my face is extremely red at all times.

I am a white person and other than my face, I have extremely pale skin. If I hold up my arm to next to my face, it looks extremely ridiculous at how pale white my arm is, yet super red my face is.

I have a lot of acne scarring on my face from when I was a teenager and had severe acne. Is that what's causing my face being red all the time, or is it something else?

Why is my face skin tone red all the time?

How do I fix this? I want my face to be just as white pale as all the rest of my skin, instead of red.
post #2 of 16
If your face is as red as you say, then you need to see a dermatologist for a professional opinion. In some cases, it means you have thin skin and the blood vessels are close to the surface; not much to do other than treat it gently and learn to be happy as you are.
post #3 of 16
Actually judging by this situation it could be a number of things.
This is my best guess.
You probably had no pink before the period of acne?
My guess, you were probably on a 4th level of prescription, possibly a version of accutane.
generally after accutane people experience the 'red face' you are describing however it usually goes away gradually.
It could actually turn to rosacea which is not uncommon with patients on accutane.
Anyways you should look up rosacea and see if you have commenalities.
Ultimately you should go to a dermatologist to seek a prescription that will help.
post #4 of 16
It's just an evolutionary feature from white skin. There's nothing wrong with it--normal, even. I am white but not quite the palest of whites, but my knuckles and places on my hands get red really easily even when I haven't been doing anything with them.

Just remember your ancestors needed that white skin in the cold north many thousands of years ago
post #5 of 16
perhaps, but this isn't evolutionary considering how fast it has happend.
This is not a gradual change, this is most likely a result from medications and treatment that has been undergone during his period of "severe acne"
post #6 of 16
Hi - I noticed you made a post in January re your pink/red face compared with a pale body.

I am new to this forum, and was wondering whether you have found out what can be done about this (have you seen a dermatologist or something?)

The reason I ask is because I have exactly the same problem - It is so bad that I don't leave my house (when I HAVE to I make sure that the rest of my body skin is covered up, so that you can't really notice the difference - though the neck is on show )

I too had (actually still have) acne, but I have noticed that this problem has only been apparent (at least this severe) for the past 18 months or so.

My e-mail is newham@waitrose.com - I would like to send you a photo (and perhaps one of yourself?) to illustrate the degree of my problem - would that be o.k?

I look forward to hearing from you - Natalie*
post #7 of 16
If the probelm is bad enough to keep you from leaving the house or appearing in public, you need to get a real doctors advice- not internet advice.
post #8 of 16
As someone else mentioned, it could be rosacea, which would require you to see a dermatologist. Most people who have it don't even know, and often use products that aggrevate their skin and make it worse.

Until then, use a gentle cleanser (like Cetaphil) and a physical sunscreen (using only zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients).

And don't send people on the Internet your picture please...
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Taxler View Post
If the probelm is bad enough to keep you from leaving the house or appearing in public, you need to get a real doctors advice- not internet advice.

yah, honestly, go to a dermatologist.
post #10 of 16
be happy with who you are. if it's something that genuinely bothers you, head to a dermatologist and get a professional opinion and figure out your options.

but hey, atleast you're not this guy:
post #11 of 16
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If the probelm is bad enough to keep you from leaving the house or appearing in public, you need to get a real doctors advice- not internet advice.

This x1000
post #12 of 16
I have the same problem even though i am not a "white" guy..I started using Clinique anti redness cream and it helps.

I would love it if other people would give their insight if they have this same problem of fukn rosacea.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by stylemeup View Post
The skin tone of my face is extremely red at all times. I am a white person and other than my face, I have extremely pale skin. If I hold up my arm to next to my face, it looks extremely ridiculous at how pale white my arm is, yet super red my face is. I have a lot of acne scarring on my face from when I was a teenager and had severe acne. Is that what's causing my face being red all the time, or is it something else? Why is my face skin tone red all the time? How do I fix this? I want my face to be just as white pale as all the rest of my skin, instead of red.
It could be acne, irritation or rosacea. I've written an article about how to treat red skin and product suggestions here. Facial redness is something you can definately lessen, if not get rid of entirely.
post #14 of 16
I'm guessing it's Rosacea. i went on a 6 month course of Accutane and i've been experiencing facial redness ever since I stopped the course. The redness has faded but it's still visible and I've learnt that it's a common 'side-effect' of Accutane. Nothing you can do really, time will/might make it better but you should know it takes a long time when it comes to Acne/Rosacea. Try not to exfoliate as much and use a gentle moisturizer, keep out of the sun and use warm tepid water to wash your face.
post #15 of 16
I have the same problem.....I get hot easy, my skin flushes all over. It's embarrassing and people notice because they comment on it. I hate it. I feel my face and chest and neck get real hot and I feel the redness coming on. I have an appt to see a dermatologist next month on the 15th. I hope there is something they can do, I can't live like this anymore. It has caused me anxiety all the time.
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