Flushing is an involuntary redness of the skin. It is temporary, and most commonly it affects the face. Sometimes facial flushing can extend to the neck and chest, as well. There are several reasons that you may experience redness and flushing that are normal body responses, including:
- Hot temperatures
- Exercise reactions
- Eating spicy foods
- Alcohol Consumption
- Sexual Arousal
While most cases of facial flushing and redness are associated with normal body responses to conditions like those
listed above, sometimes other factors need to be considered. Flushing is often associated with inflammatory conditions and allergic reactions. When experiencing and allergic reaction, facial flushing may be the onset of a more severe reaction, producing hives and itching.
Carcinoid syndrome is a condition in which a tumor produces hormones leading to vascular changes. This is a rare condition. However, the vascular changes associated with it can produce flushing and redness.
Certain medications and chemicals can cause facial flushing. Some of these medications, include: erectile dysfunction medications, niacin, opiates and street drugs.
Other Symptoms that May Accompany Facial Flushing Include:
- Itchy skin
- Warm feelings/heat on the skin
- Skin pimples/blisters
- Blotchy skin
- Hot flashes
- Fevers and Chills
In some cases, flushing may be accompanied by other symptoms that can be life threatening. Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms, in addition to facial flushing:
- Chest Pain/Palpitations/Tightness/Pressure
- A fever higher than 101 degrees
- Swelling of the lips/tongue/face
- Breathing problems- wheezing/shortness of breath/labored breathing/difficulty breathing
Flushing and redness can also be symptoms of rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness, flushing and sometimes even, red, pus filled bumps on the face. Rosacea can cause enlarged noses. However, this is a more common occurrence in men. While rosacea can be aesthetically displeasing and embarrassing, the good news is it is treatable and not life threatening.
Speak with a dermatologist immediately, if you suspect that you have developed rosacea. They may prescribe medications to help manage your symptoms. In addition, moisturize with the TrueLipids Flushing and Redness Kit. This kit has been formulated to help manage the facial redness and flushing associated with rosacea.