Blushing or flushing is when your skin suddenly turns red, with a feeling of warmth. Your skin redness is caused by increased blood flow. Flush redness is an involuntary nervous system response that causes capillary dilation.
Blushing typically causes face and neck skin redness. However, flushed skin can occur all over.
A red faced blush episode is usually temporary. And it’s routinely caused by strong emotions, i.e. embarrassment, anger or excitement.
Facial blushing is often just a healthy body response to your mental state. Yet, skin flushing can be associated with certain health or environmental conditions, like:
- hot drinks
- bright sunlight
- motion sickness
- Cushing syndrome
- stem cell transplant
- urticaria pigmentosa
- alcohol consumption
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- scombroid fish poisoning
- moderate allergic reaction
- consuming hot, spicy food
- carcinoid tumors syndrome
- sudden temperature change
- heat exhaustion, heat stroke
- vipoma ~ rare type of pancreatic tumor
- hypothermia ~ cold induced extremity vasodilation
Flushing also triggers rosacea flare ups.
Those of Asian descent may experience flush redness after drinking alcohol, even just a bit. This blushing reaction is caused an incomplete breakdown of alcohol. A genetic disorder is your red face causer.
Your flushing may also be caused by a medication or other substances that open up your capillaries. Some red faced instigators are:
- niacin supplements
- nitroglycerin overdose
- selenium, iron toxicity
- high doses of vitamin C
- isotretinoin ~ treats acne
- intravenous heroin injection
- peyote, PCP ~ hallucinogens
- disulfiram ~ treats alcoholism
- calcitonin injection ~ treats osteoporosis
- laxatives containing magnesium overdose
- contrast solution, injected dye for CT scan
- certain diabetes & cholesterol lowering drugs
- yohimbe ~ natural treatment for erectile dysfunction
- nitrates ~ treat chest pain associated with angina, heart failure symptoms
- anticholinergics ~ treats frequent urination & urgency of overactive bladder
Avoid all nonessential stuff that might cause a red face. If your facial blushing continues, then get with your health care professional about this skin flushing for a health assessment of what may be causing your redness.