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Almost any situation can bring about intense blushing, and we’ve all been there, whether it be performing on stage, taking part in a competitive sport or having a simple conversation with friends, there really is no logical reason why it occurs.

If you suffer from severe blushing, you might struggle to feel confident or comfortable in social and professional situations, and this is an extremely common symptom of those who suffer from social anxiety.

There are two types of facial blushing: wet blushing and dry flushing. Wet blushing is believed to be induced by an overactive nervous system, and can occur if you are unusually sensitive or frequently find yourself in emotional stress. If this happens, you’ll find that your flushing is often associated with increased perspiration. Dry flushing does not cause increased perspiration, instead, it is normally characterised by frequent spells of facial redness.

What It Is

Facial blushing is a fairly self-explanatory condition – it refers to the involuntary reddening of the face, whether this be due to embarrassment, stress, anxiety or numerous other social triggers. The terms blushing and flushing both describe the same thing, however, flushing is usually used in association with more severe cases of reddening, also known as idiopathic cranio-facial erythema.

The visible symptoms of facial blushing are similar to those who suffer from rosacea, and blushing can even be a symptom of rosacea in some cases. The key difference is that those who suffer from rosacea will develop small red bumps during their flare-ups, with these flare-ups lasting anywhere between a few weeks and a few months. Facial blushing, on the other hand, tends to diminish shortly after its trigger or cause has been removed.

The Treatment

Firstly, it is important to seek medical advice to ensure that your facial blushing is not the sign of an underlying medical issue such as rosacea, an overactive thyroid or the menopause.

There are numerous ways to treat facial blushing, and one of the most popular treatments is Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin can be injected into specific areas of the face to paralyse the nerves temporarily, this stops blushing from occurring.

If your facial blushing occurs due to anxiety, then certain medications such as beta blockers might be prescribed to help manage and alleviate some of these symptoms.

More recently, laser therapy has become an increasingly popular method for treating facial blushing. It is an effective and safe treatment that can remove the surface blood vessels responsible for visible reddening.

Am I Suitable For Treatment?

Facial blushing can occur for many reasons, however, it is something that is strongly tied to emotional changes. Your face has a higher concentration of capillaries compared to any other part of the body, and in your cheeks, these blood vessels are wider and closer to the surface of your skin. This means that when you are put in an embarrassing or humiliating situation, your face is likely to be the first part of your body to undergo a rapid change and become flushed.

Frequently suffering from bouts of facial flushing can make you feel socially uncomfortable and knock your confidence, so if you find yourself in this situation, then seeking the help of a medical professional is the right path to take. These professionals will be able to assess what procedure is best for you, from Laser Treatment to Botulinum toxin injections, and draft a treatment plan to help reduce or remove the appearance of blushing.

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Does it hurt?

Depending on the treatment you receive, the amount of pain you experience will vary. If you opt for Botulinum toxin, then it is usually no more painful than a simple injection. However, if you choose Laser Treatment, pain relief might be required. Your professional will talk you through all the available options prior to your treatment.

When will I feel the results?

Whether you select Botulinum toxin injections or Laser Treatment, you will be able to see visible results straight away. In order for you to achieve the best possible outcome, follow-up treatments may be required.

How many treatments are required?

If you opt for Laser Treatment, 3-5 treatments will be needed, spaced roughly 3-4 weeks apart. This is to ensure your face does not become damaged - every additional treatment you undergo can also lead to an improvement in your results.

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