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Posted By: Lindsay Tosto Posted In: Uncategorized Date Posted: March 11th, 2012 Comments: 9
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Blushing, also known as Erythrophobia, can occur at the most embarrassing times. Giving a speech in front of a room full of people, when you’re nervous or excited, or when you’re around that secret crush you have (though it’s not so secret when you blush every time you’re around him or her!). These are just a few instances when blushing occurs. Blushing and hot flushes can occur on your face, ears, neck, chest (most commonly called hives), and even on your arms and legs! Sometimes you can sweat when you blush…ugh never fun. So why does blushing happen to some people but not to others?

Blushing is caused when the sympathetic nervous system is over active. And since its part of the involuntary central nervous system, there is no way to stop blushing. Usually teenagers tend to blush the most due to hormones shifting but it can affect men and women at any age. The good news is that you will more than likely grow out of it!

There are surgical procedures that can be done to minimize blushing but are only recommended in very extreme cases and doctors will normally not put someone under the knife for occasional redness. And though facial blushing can be a buzz-kill, it is actually good for your skin! When blood rushes to the surface of your skin, it opens up your pores and allows your skin to breathe. So if you’re able to, cleanse your skin during a blushing moment, moisturize, and relax!

There are steps to take to minimize blushing. The first thing to work on is to mentally prepare yourself before an occasion that may make you blush or hive-y. Getting red can make you feel very self-conscious so you have to remind yourself that you are a confident and awesome person regardless if you get red or not! If you begin to accept yourself and the way your body may react to certain situations, you will see how quickly you accept your blushing and will even see it lessen over time! It’s more than likely a mind over matter problem so if you stop thinking and worrying about it, because let’s face it, who hasn’t obsessed when they have blushed at the worst time ever, it will get better.

Also, don’t drink or eat anything hot or spicy before you have a big event or speech or an encounter with that crush of yours! If you think cool, you’ll be cool. I’ve found that drinking lots of ice cold water, about 8 glasses a day, cools my body from the inside out and actually keeps me more hydrated and less likely to get flushed or red in nerve-wracking or exciting moments! Workout when you know you have at least a couple hours to allow your body to cool down and remember, don’t stress out about blushing! This too shall pass!

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  • Renada Thompson - March 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I blush…A LOT. It is so embarrassing. I’m happy to learn that there are things you can do to minimize blushing :).

  • Chad Cowan - March 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I have to express appreciation to you for bailing me out of this type of dilemma. After searching throughout the world-wide-web and getting recommendations which are not helpful, I believed my entire life was over. Being alive devoid of the approaches to the problems you’ve resolved by way of your main post is a serious case, as well as those which may have in a negative way affected my career if I had not come across your web blog.

  • Ty Hofseth - March 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I blush a lot at school and other places were i can meet other people. Whenever i blush it helps to go outside were it is colder. ( i live in norway , this wont work if its hotter outside than inside) At school i sit by the window so that when im going to answer a question or i just start blushing i just open the window and the fresh, cold air makes it go away almost instantly :)

  • Tony Lee - March 12, 2012 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Its amazing on how much people blush about the silliest things, eve when someone is laughing they are blushing, and you can sometimes see it in there ears, or on the back of their neck. Its sometimes entertaining to watch when you see something like that. And as it goes for “if you think cool your cool” that makes all the sense in the world!

  • Dana - March 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    hey… wow im just the same as you. Good luck and what has helped me was to stay cool and relaxed because i tend to get too excited and or nervous and that justs makes my whole body tense, sometimes sweaty and my cheeks get red. the secret is to be cool and stay relaxed

  • Natalie - April 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Thank god! I’m not the only one but i drink alot of iced water in school! :3 it helps alot!!! :D

  • xaynab - May 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    I just wish i can blush more often..i love blushing andi envy people that blush

  • Artemis - May 26, 2012 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Yes it is part of an over stimulated nervous system BUT you can do something about it! Eating less processed foods and caffeine as well as bringing your body into balance (rather than being over stimulated) is the answer… The Metabolic Typing lifestyle worked for me- it changed my life. No more blushing, acne or mood swings :)

  • Anon - March 9, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    My cheeks go red for any small thing! Even my teachers start to notice…its really embarrassing

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