Red and blotchy skin is a reality for many with rosacea and sensitive skin. Redness, flushing, and blotchiness of the skin can range from mild to severe and be caused by everything from genetics, allergies, and sun exposure, to diet, digestive issues, and skincare products used.

One of the most common factors of red, blotchy and sensitive skin is a weakened skin barrier function and acid mantle on the skin’s surface. Our barrier function refers to the water-lipid film that covers the surface of the skin and acts as the defense between your skin and irritants in the environment.

When the skin barrier function is impaired, it naturally becomes red, blotchy, sensitive and weak. As we go through life, many things we are doing may be breaking down this function and damaging the acid mantle, such as sun exposure and harsh or irritating skincare products.



Everyone gets red in the face once in a while, or has periods of blotchy skin, but if your skin constantly has a flushed and red, ruddy complexion it is most likely caused by an underlying condition. While these conditions are not dangerous, if left unaddressed and untreated, facial redness may result in stubborn discoloration, thickening of the skin, dryness, and itchiness and sensitivity to skincare products.

Often other conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema or sun damage may lead to facial redness.

Rosacea is a condition that causes redness, erythema and sensitive skin. It may also cause visible or broken blood vessels in the face. The exact cause and reason for rosacea and blotchy skin is unknown, however it is often a mix extrinsic (external) and intrinsic (internal) factors.

In the early stages it can often come and go, appearing as a tendency to blush easily, but overtime this redness can become more persistent and cause more significant damage to the skin. Rosacea most commonly occurs on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead.

Internal factors for rosacea may be:
● Genetics
● Spicy foods or alcohol
● Gut health imbalances

External factors for rosacea may be:
● Environmental allergens
● Extreme weather conditions
● Topical medications and cosmetics

At 67 Degrees Cosmetic Clinic we take a holistic approach to skin health by addressing lifestyle factors that could be impacting your skin condition. While facial redness and sensitized skin can be reversed and treated more easily, conditions such as rosacea may be more complicated. It is important to recognize and manage internal triggers that could be contributing factors.

Treatment options may include:
● ZO Skin Health can repair and restore the skin barrier to reverse sensitive skin.
● Vbeam treats redness and broken or visible capillaries.
● Nordlys or Ellipse IPL are all lasers that work on redness.