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!