Many people experience excess or extreme facial redness. Different factors, including rosacea, broken blood vessels from sun damage, seborrhea and acne, can causes these conditions. Patients often report psychological effects including self-esteem and self-confidence issues related to noticeable facial redness, because of the potential for detrimental impact on professional and social interaction.

Some Sources of Facial Redness


Rosacea is a common skin condition that mostly affects people over the age of 30. It causes redness, and in some cases small bumps or pimples on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. It also can cause burning and soreness in the eyes. Physical exertion, hot weather, sun and wind exposure and temperature swings are all common triggers for rosacea. So are stress, alcohol, spicy foods, and even hot baths.

Facial Spider Veins

Enlarged blood vessels can occur on the faces of people without rosacea. These areas develop just below the surface of the skin, often around the nose and cheeks. Known as spider veins, they appear as red, web-shaped lines. Other than their bothersome appearance, spider veins do not cause any other symptoms. While harmless, broken blood vessels are often a nuisance that patients want to eliminate.

Seborrhea - Seborrheic Dermatitis

One or more persistent, red, scaly and dry patches of skin appear on the face in this chronic skin condition. It rarely occurs just on the face, but is usually also seen at the hairline, forehead, neck and ears.


Facial acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. Affected areas exhibit redness and pimples.

Laser Treatments for Facial Redness

Non-ablative laser therapy reduces, and in many cases eliminates the appearance of facial redness, and DermPartners offers a range of laser and other light therapies for facial veins, rosacea and redness.  These treatments work to disintegrate the visible, tiny red blood vessels just underneath the skin and are an effective option for many patients who experience redness. This therapy can remove visible “spider vein” blood vessels or reduce extensive redness of rosacea by directing an intense but gentle beam of light, which removes facial redness without damaging the surrounding tissue. The laser emits wavelengths of light that target the tiny blood vessels just under the skin. Heat from the laser’s energy builds in the vessels, causing them to disintegrate.

Laser therapy is also available for certain cases of acne too. The laser targets the sebaceous glands associated with developing acne. While the treatment is not effective, or appropriate for all patients, it does provide long-term results for others. Pain and recovery time are typically minimal. Multiple treatments may be required to see optimal results depending on the severity of redness or visible blood vessels.

Get Started Today

If you are interested in treating facial redness, the best way to start is by scheduling an appointment with one of our board certified dermatologist. Our doctor can accurately diagnose your condition and recommend the proper treatment plan to address all your concerns.