Flushed face, red face, flushed skin anxiety symptoms
Flushed face, red face, flushed skin:
Your skin feels flushed, turns red, or blushes. You experience uncontrollable blushing, flushing, or turning red. Your skin feels hot, warm, or clammy.
Your skin can also look red, enflamed, flushed, or blushed.
While this symptom is most commonly associated with “looking embarrassed” or “blushing” (increased redness on the face, head, or neck), it can occur anywhere on the body.
These flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptoms can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.
These flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptoms can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel flushed and red once in a while and not that often, feel flushed and red off and on, or feel flushed all the time.
These flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
These flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptoms can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
These flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptomscan range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
These flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptoms can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptoms?
Behaving anxiously activates the stress response. The stress response immediately causes specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes in the body that enhance the body's ability to deal with a threat - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.
Part of the stress response changes include shunting the body's blood to parts of the body that are vital to survival and away from parts that aren't. This shunting action can cause blood to rush to the head and face, which can make the skin look red. Having a red face when embarrassed is an example of blood rushing to the head and face as a result of an activated stress response.
When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can result in the body remaining in a semi hyperstimulated state, since stress hormones are stimulants. A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can exhibit similar sensations and symptoms to that of an active stress response. This flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptom is an example of how the body can behave when it becomes overly stressed.
How to get rid of the flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing symptoms?
Because this anxiety symptom is just a symptom of an active stress response and/or elevated stress, it needn't be a cause for concern. It will subside when the active stress response ends and/or you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to calm down. As the active stress response ends, or your body's stress returns to a more normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including the flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing anxiety symptoms. Therefore, this symptom needn't be a cause for concern.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the flushed face, red face, flushed skin, blushing anxiety symptoms.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
For more information about our Anxiety Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Anxiety Signs and Symptoms; common Anxiety Attack Symptoms; the symptoms of panic attack disorder; anxiety Recovery Support area; information about Anxiety; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate link or graphic below:
Return to our anxiety symptoms page.
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated January 1, 2019.