Are you struggling with facial redness? If so, then you might be dealing with a medical condition. Both rosacea and lupus can cause a red rash to form across a patient’s cheeks. With a proper diagnosis, your doctor can help you reduce your facial redness for clear, healthy skin. So are you dealing with rosacea or lupus– or another issue entirely? Read on to learn more about these conditions.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes red bumps to form on a person’s skin. It’s usually just found on the face, and typically appears in a “blushing” pattern across a patient’s cheeks and nose. There are different types of rosacea, and each have slightly different symptoms.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect many different parts of the body. However, many patients know lupus for the trademark facial rash that many patients get. This rash- often called a butterfly rash- causes redness to form in a butterfly-shaped pattern across the cheeks and nose.

Is My Redness Rosacea or Lupus?

Lupus and rosacea can both cause facial redness. However, the similarities end there. Rosacea only affects a patient’s skin or eyes, and does not produce other symptoms. On the other hand, lupus can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, swelling, and hair loss. Pay close attention to your symptoms so you can discuss them with your doctor. This can help them make the right diagnosis.

Other Common Culprits

Other conditions can cause facial redness as well. For instance, acne, allergies, and eczema are all common causes. Sometimes, simple irritation might also be causing your redness. Try switching to gentle cleansers and skin products and see if you notice a difference. Also check your makeup products. Often, they can have irritating ingredients that cause skin issues. Your doctor can help you determine the exact cause of your redness.

Talk to a Dermatologist

If you think you have rosacea or lupus, then give us a call. Care Dermatology can diagnose and treat your skin condition. We can also evaluate your overall skin health to help you prevent redness in the long run.