Skin Redness

Increased facial redness can be a significant cosmetic concern for many people. The unwanted redness is the result of increased numbers of blood vessels in the superficial layers of the skin. The redness can range from a generalised pinkness or redness because of increased blood flow into tiny microscopic blood vessels, to discrete prominent blood vessels that can appear as red lines on the skins surface. Specialised vascular lasers such as the EXCEL V, DIODE and V-BEAM and light sources such as the BBL are very effective in treating unwanted facial redness.

The commonest vascular conditions that we treat are…


Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that typically involves the central face area and is most common in 30-60 year olds with fair skin. It can be associated with adult acne (Acne Rosacea) and there are often aggravating factors that cause exacerbations. Treatment of the redness can respond well to vascular laser treatment. Maintenance treatments are usually required and prescription medications may also be needed. Learn more about Rosacea on this page

Broken Capillaries

Blood vessels that appear as fine red lines are commonly called broken capillaries (and medically we call them Telangiectasia). The vessels are not actually ‘broken’ but simply we see the blood vessels as they loop up to the skin’s surface then back down into the deeper skin layers. Vascular lasers are very effective in tracing and removing these unsightly red capillaries. Read more here on our broken capillaries page.

Facial Spider Veins

Spider Veins are larger blue or even purple coloured blood vessels that on the face typically occur around the nose. Spider Veins are also very common on the legs and get their name from the spider web like pattern that these vessels can form. Whilst injections (called Sclerotherapy) is the usual treatment of choice for leg spider veins, long wavelength lasers such as the NdYAG are often used to treat facial spider veins.

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Spider Angioma

A Spider Angioma is a cluster of small red blood vessels, usually on the face. They are also called Spider Naevi and typically start off as flat red marks that over time become raised and then resemble a large pimple. When these lesions are flat they usually respond very quickly to a single laser treatment but when raised several laser treatments may be required to completely shut down the feeder blood vessel.

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Generalised Redness

Many patients are troubled by increasing skin redness on the face, neck and chest as they get older. This occurs from the cumulative effects of years of sun damage, particularly when younger. Generalised redness can occur in combination with Broken Capillaries and other features of sun damage such as uneven pigmentation, skin thickening and precancers ( Solar Keratosis). Laser and BBL treatment can significantly improve these issues.

To find out more about Sun Damaged Skin visit this page


Vascular birthmarks, and in particular Port Wine Stains, were one of the first conditions that we used medical lasers to treat in our clinic more than 20 years ago. Remarkable results can be achieved but a series of treatments are required that take many months. We treat fewer of these birthmarks than we did in the past as most are now treated at a very early age at the Royal Childrens Hospital.

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What causes Facial Redness?


A tendency to facial redness often runs in families. There especially seems to be a genetic predisposition with people of Celtic background.

Environmental Damage

Anything that inflames your skin can accelerate the development of facial capillaries. In Australia this is largely sun but can also be caused by inflammation from excessive wind or cold.


This is a common skin condition that usually affects the face and typically flares up intermittently. It may be associated with acne in which case it is termed acne rosacea.


Certain medications such as oral prednisolone or prolonged use of topical hydrocortisone creams can contribute to the formation of facial capillaries.


Facial capillaries especially around the sides of the nose can be exacerbated by congestion from such conditions as sinusitis, hayfever and rhinitis.

Frequently Asked Questions


What aggravates facial redness?

If you have a tendency to facial redness then anything that raises your body temperature will accentuate the condition as the body dissipates heat by sending more blood flow to the skins surface. Common things that raise your body temperature are exercise, alcohol, hot spicy foods, saunas and hot showers.

How can facial redness be treated?

The first principal of treatment is to avoid causative factors especially factors that inflame your skin such as excess sun, wind and cold. In this regard a good quality sun care product is essential.The second principal of treatment is to avoid aggravating factors such as alcohol, hot spicy foods, saunas etc.

The third principal of treatment is to treat and remove the facial redness, The best treatment option is to use a vascular laser. The choice of which vascular laser is the most appropriate will depend on the severity and cause of facial redness.

What type of laser is used in the treatment?

We have a number of vascular lasers including the V Beam, Diode and ExcelV lasers. The choice of which laser is most appropriate will depend on your particular problem and skin type.

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