St. Louis Dermatologist FAQ: Why Your Face Might be Red

St. Louis Dermatologist FAQ: Why Your Face Might be Red | St. LouisThe face can turn red due to various reasons, such as acne, sunburn, and hot flashes. If the condition does not resolve on its own in a few days or if the symptoms worsen, it is best to see a dermatologist. 

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness and Jackie McGinness, FNP (Nurse Practitioner) provide safe, proven and effective skin care procedures to patients in Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and surrounding locations.


Causes for Facial Redness

Some of the key reasons for facial redness and their potential solutions may include: 


Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis refers to a common skin condition that leads to a red rash, which often develops on the face. This rash may cause the skin to appear oily. The skin may also look dry and scaly. 

Eliminating the redness

People with Seborrheic dermatitis typically need treatment for the condition to clear. A board certified dermatologist can develop a treatment plan that is customized to the patient’s needs. The treatment for Seborrheic dermatitis may include using a dandruff shampoo and medication that is applied to the skin for a short time. 



This skin condition usually initiates with a tendency to blush or flush easily. In case the condition progresses, the patient may notice that the redness on their face lasts longer, or never clears. 

Eliminating the redness

Rosacea cannot be cured, but treatment can reduce the redness. There are various forms of rosacea. A board certified dermatologist can diagnose the condition. In a person has rosacea, their dermatologist can inform them about the type of rosacea they have as well as develop a customized treatment plan. 


An Allergic Response to the Fragrance in a Skin Care Product

A condition known as contact dermatitis occurs when something that touches the skin either:

  • Causes irritation
  • Leads to an allergic response

Contact dermatitis commonly occurs on the face. The use of a soap or hair dye can irritate the skin, leading to a condition called irritant contact dermatitis.

In case a person is allergic to what touches their face, they can develop allergic contact dermatitis. The common reasons for the occurrence of allergic contact dermatitis include fragrances, latex, and poison ivy.

Eliminating the redness

This rash tends to clear by itself upon discontinuing the use of whatever is causing the reaction. 


Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is also commonly known as eczema. It causes a rash that manifests suddenly. Babies usually develop this itchy rash on their cheeks. Skin with the rash tends to feel very scaly, dry, and itchy, irrespective of where the rash develops. 

Eliminating the redness

Atopic dermatitis cannot be cured, but treatment can help in clearing the skin. A board certified dermatologist can create an individualized treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of the child or adult. 



Psoriasis refers to a condition that causes the body to produce new skin cells in a matter of days instead of weeks. These cells collect on the skin’s surface, leading to the development of elevated, scaly patches. 

Eliminating the redness

There is no known care for psoriasis. But a board certified dermatologist can create a customized treatment plan to help the patient attain clearer (or clear) skin.


Spider veins

The harmful rays of the sun can cause damage to unprotected skin. This damage becomes cumulative over the years. Over time, some individuals with sun-damaged skin develop spider veins on their face. 

Eliminating the redness

A board certified dermatologist can help eliminate spider veins with laser treatment. This procedure may not be eligible for insurance coverage. 

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness and Jackie McGinness, FNP (Nurse Practitioner) receive patients from Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and nearby areas for advanced and innovative skin care treatments. 


If you would like to learn more about procedures and treatments at Metro East Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jamie L. McGinness please contact us here or call (618) 622-SKIN (7546)

Taking new patients in and around the greater St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois area: East St. Louis Missouri, Shiloh Illinois, Belleville, Millstadt, Saint Clair County, Madison County and more.

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