THE LOW-DOWN

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Gen­er­ally speak­ing, there are two cat­e­gories of fa­cial red­ness: chronic and per­sis­tent (a skin con­di­tion known as rosacea), and tem­po­rary, re­ac­tive red­ness. Both types af­fect the face and can present it­self in a va­ri­ety of phys­i­cal forms, but the most com­mon sign to look for is colouring on the cheeks, nose, chin and fore­head. Oc­ca­sion­ally, bumps and pim­ples can de­velop on the face and the skin can be dry to the touch, in patches, with small, vis­i­ble bro­ken cap­il­lar­ies. Both of these types of fa­cial red­ness can also flare up or go dor­mant over a pe­riod of time. Fre­quent flush­ing that gets pro­gres­sively worse with age is usu­ally an early sign of rosacea, while re­ac­tive skin is usu­ally very sen­si­tive and can feel itchy. Ex­ter­nal fac­tors, such as skin­care in­gre­di­ents or stress, can trig­ger flare-ups.

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