I read a thread, which I can't find now, that indicated if you apply a steroid cream and it takes the redness away, mostly likely you must have a form of dermatitis (seb derm. atopic etc...) on your face. If you apply the same hydrocortisone and it does nothing, most likely you have rosacea? Is this true?
My face has been red and flakey for a little while now and I've been applying zinc on it, seems to help, but by the end of the day my face is red and itchy still. I had it last night and put some hydrocortisone, today it is so much better, very little redness left.