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Red face...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 20, 2007
  • 02:07 AM

I'm 17 and throughout my life I don't EVER remember my face being this BAD.
I've done research and one solution would be "Rosacea". But I'm not 100% sure on that because I've been using the tough acne for my face for the passed year now and I think it's affecting, not only my face but my hands. I've recently, (yesterday) stopped using the touch acne and switched to a simply light acne wash for my face.
It's affecting my life so much because I'll start getting red, and now I'll start sweating a little bit if my face gets that hot. I try to avoid social situations as much as I can and it's hard for me. It's embarrasing also. I know nothing about it running in the family since I'm adopted. It never used to be this bad where I feel slightly tipsy and block everything else from around me, whenever I started getting red. And there could be nobody at all around me and I'll randomly start getting red, even from picking something up off the floor. I can't stand it being in a closed area or a heated room simply because my face gets red so quickly and I can't escape it. Usually I can feel it coming on too and I try so hard to block it out and say "you're fine" to myself but it doesn't seem to work, if anything it gets worse.

Please, I doubt there's a cure for this, I dont want to have to take medication. But if you could help me, Im up for it and will take your advice. Maybe I'm not noticing something.

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  • You had better see a good endocrinologist as it sounds like you may have something obstructing in your neck which may be pressing up against a vein or artery. It could be just about anything from a parathyroid adenoma, trailing thyroid, goiter, carcinoid. You should be looking at any other symptoms such as high blood pressure when standing up versus sitting down.Raise your hands up and place them behind your head. Stand in a mirror andwatch to see if your face turns red after 1 to 3 minutes. If it does, you have an obstruction somewhere. If you want to know how I know all of this, it is because both myself and spouse have the exact same problems and with respect to confidentiality, some of the categories above may fit your situation quite well. But, caution, be sure to find a doctor that thinks out of the box or you will spend many years chasing this problem. You could have a congenital abnormality meaning that you could have been born with an extra of something. An unusual type of thinker/doctor is who you need in your court.I hope you find help quickly. Sincerely,A concerned person
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  • Thanks for replying and the advice. It could have something to do with the veins...I stopped using my acne wash, i think it's been about a week now, and there's no difference... but it could take awhile, i suppose.I also did what you said, I placed my hands behind my head for about 2 minutes and nothing seemed to happen, my face was fine... if anything it made me feel relaxed... I'm starting to think it might be partially a mental problem, see i know that I'm going to turn red at some situations, and I think about it too much causing my face to turn even redder. But there are other times where if i get a little excited, nervous, sad, happy (emotions) that my face can turn red but usually cools down rather quickly. Today was really nice and breezy outside, and that kind of enviroment makes me feel really relaxed, and I noticed my never turned red or got hot. But then for example, I went into a store and just by walking around my face started to turn red and i felt really hot. Well, I'm starting to believe I need to tell someone I actually know and get help. That's the problem I REALLY didn't want to end up doing since... to me, this is an embarrsing and I didn't want it to turn into anything bad... money problems.
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  • I have mild rosacea on my face, across my nose and cheeks. My mother has it as well. Any time I get slightly overheated or emberassed (or if I drink alcohol) I turn BRIGHT RED and then everyone wants to know "ARE YOU OKAY? YOU'RE ALL RED!!!!" as if they've never seen me red-faced before. Have you seen a dermatologist? There is no cure for rosacea, but there are lots of treatments, including homeopathic remedies you can use. It might not be rosacea, but it definitely sounds like something with your skin. I would seek a dermatologist for help. :)
    mellowknees 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • thankyou! And no I have never visited a doctor for anything like this.And for example, last week i drank some alcohol... just one bottle and my face started to turn red. However, last night I drank a lot, and my face seemed normal.. atleast I think it did. I'm not sure if it may have something to do with alcohol or not. Also I started thinking more in depth... I passed out two times last year and that's around the same time my face/heat issues started to increase. And I noticed sometimes, not all the time... i come out of a warm-hot shower and my knees also are red... I wear pants usually so I don't ever notice my knees becoming red at normal situations but maybe that's another thing to realize as well.
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  • i understand exactly what you are goin throught as i have the same problems , i thought it was just me and everything u have said is how it is for me 100%, i hope there is a cure but im to embarresed to tell any1 , the thing is im not a shy person but this problem makes me shy and not what to be in a warm place with a lot of people.
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  • If anyone says anything to you about it, just try and remember: * They're probably concerned because usually red face = strain or something. * It's not a common thing to see, so sometimes people will react oddly to it, and * It's none of their gosh-darned business anyway. Sometimes it bothers me a lot to be so red constantly. Mostly, I don't think about it unless I'm overheated. And whenever someone reacts by yelling at me ARE YOU OKAY OMG YOU ARE SO RED, I just tell them "Oh, that's just my Irish showing. Ruddy cheeks and all that, you know..." Usually people will not press the matter if you don't overreact to their reaction. Also, you can just try and keep cool. Don't sit around in places where it's overly warm. If you get overheated, go to the restroom and splash some cool water on your face - it will make you feel much, much better and help tone down the color. Avoid using products that dry the skin, like benzoyl peroxide...or if you HAVE to use them, do so sparingly and only on the affected area (i.e. if you're going to put Clearisil on a pimple, don't rub it all over the place, just stick to the pimple itself). Use a good moisturizer, and use sunscreen and/or wear a wide-brimmed hat when it's sunny outside. Avoid taking extremely hot showers - warm or lukewarm is best (although I can't tolerate it if it's too cold - this is one piece of advice that I don't follow very well myself). Finally, there has been some research lately that suggests that green tea helps with rosacea, but I'm not a big tea drinker so I haven't tried drinking it to see if it has any effect. I don't know if topical use of green tea makes a difference or not. Overall, though, try to not let what others think about you bother you. So what if you're red-cheeked? At least you're not so rude to gawk at other people like they are. ;)
    mellowknees 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • If you do have rosacea, which is what I deal with......what works best for me is Vitamin K. I buy these capsules that you break open and rub it directly on the area that tends to turn red. I literally saw a difference in less than a week. I buy them at the spa at my dermatologist and there are about 60 little purple capsules in the jar for about $24 made by Vivier. There is also a cream/moisturizer and a face wash by them too, but I see the best results from the capsules. I have tried everything and spent tons of $$ and this was the only thing that helped me.Just curious does this run in your family? My mom has rosacea and lucky me inherited this from her - but I still love her!!take care and try the Vitamin K -
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  • My mom definitely has it - but I don't know beyond that, not knowing her biological father's family.
    mellowknees 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have the same problems that you have and I have been dealing with them for about ten years now. It started when I was about 18 and now at 28, I still have this. When I drink alcohol, usually in a social situation my face turns bright red, but it's not evenly red it's streaky and covers my cheeks and forehead. It's gotten to where I don't drink in public places anymore unless it's a place that is really low lit. It always seems to go away after about five minutes and if I continue to drink it never comes back. It also makes you sweat cause you can feel your face getting really hot. I think now, this problem has made me suffer some anxiety in public places even when I'm not drinking. I never got any tx for this because I figured the doc would look at me like I'm an idiot. I think I'll try the vitamin k and see it that helps. I hope you find an end to this as it can be very frustrating especially on your social life.
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  • Thanks for the help guys. I will try the vitamin k, hopefully there's lotion or something that i can try to put on my face - if you know of any lotions, please recommend. Also lately I have been using eclipse mints, whenever i put them in my mouth it feels really nice and cold, it helps my cheeks from feeling too hot. Wouldnt hurt to try.. However, my hands are turning even redder at situations, more than my face sometimes. Whoever has Rosacea: Do your hands become red too? If not, then maybe its the type of lotion I use. I do use acne medication that contains benzoyl peroxide but usually I apply it using my fingers, not my whole hand, that becomes red.
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  • Hey I have a big speech coming up next month and was just wondering if there was any non-precribed medication I would be able to take, to make my face not so red. It will help out a great deal, and make me not so stressed out about getting up in front of the class, thanks.
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  • Please don't be embarrassed to see a doctor about Rosacea. I *am* a doctor, and I have it. My face turns lobster red if I exercise, drink, or get stressed or embarrassed. I know when I have to tell patients and their families bad news, it flares. Oh well, it's just part of life. I do use the Eucerin redness relief products (face wash and lotion) and they help. Good luck.JLW
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  • I had the EXACT same problem you are describing. It had nothing to do with my skin or veins or anything like that. I was diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, it seems there is no way to treat it by yourself, because it's nearly impossible to avoid all social situations, and being in social situations tends to make it worse. I know the exact feeling you are having. Being in a place where you feel trapped. Having a one on one conversation with someone, and you feel the reddness coming on for no reason. Running into someone in the store, and immediately turning red. It is a horrible thing to deal with. But today, I have absolutely NO symptoms of the problem. My family doctor put me on Zoloft. Zoloft makes you less sensitive, and more carefree. Since I have been on it, I have no problems at all. I can't remember the last time I had a red face. Just remember, if you start taking Zoloft, or something simmilar, it could take a week or two before ou notice a difference, then over time it just gets better and better. Hope this helps!
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  • , mann i have the samee thing like exactelly , im 15 years old and whenever i talk to somebody or do anything thats different my face will go red and i actually look like a completely different person , which is the gay part right, but ive been able to control it , and its actually starting to go away know, the thing that i did and it worked for me was literally closing my eyes whenever my face went red and it would go away, but the one thing that you have to notice man is that you CAN NOT touch yur face when it starts to go red, if you touch it it will stay red for like a while but if you dont touch it and let it go , i think the most it wil stay would be like at most 5 minites, try it out and if it works out for you than let me know , add my msn nshowers_1993@hotmail.com......, dont take any medication , because if you stop it will come back huge,.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 16, 2008
    • 04:07 AM
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  • It sounds as if you have excessive blushing.which resulte from shame, embarrassment,or modesty.IT's known medically as idiopathic craniofacial erythema.It sounds as if you've got a touch of social phobia.There are meds whuich can help you.Go to your family doctor first since we're not talking about some deep-rooted psychiatric issue.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 27, 2008
    • 06:36 PM
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  • Thank you for posting this. I was in tears from yet another day with my blotchy red face. I can not find out whats going on with me. I am always having to cancel my plans becuase I break out. Its usualy at night, when its warm. I dont even want to be around people. If I am inside and its not cool I break out. I hate it so much. I am just happy to know I am not alone.
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  • I know this is a late reply. But this has been happenning to me.... Ill be fine walking to my lecture and get into the class and once i sit down, even if im in the back row i eill start thinking about my face going red and immediatly i can start feeling it turning hot and i just know it is getting reddder and redder the more i think about it. Then after a few minutes i eventually cool down and my face will slowly turn back to a much fainter red... which is how my fave always is.... Has anyone tried the Zoloft ? I dont want to get myself dependent on a med if it is more psycological than anything
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    • January 13, 2016
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  • I know this is a late reply. But this has been happenning to me.... Ill be fine walking to my lecture and get into the class and once i sit down, even if im in the back row i eill start thinking about my face going red and immediatly i can start feeling it turning hot and i just know it is getting reddder and redder the more i think about it. Then after a few minutes i eventually cool down and my face will slowly turn back to a much fainter red... which is how my fave always is.... Has anyone tried the Zoloft ? I dont want to get myself dependent on a med if it is more psycological than anything
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 13, 2016
    • 05:31 PM
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