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Why you might have a flushed face

If your face is flushed, your complexion is warmer and redder than usual (another name for this is blushing).

The cause

Increased blood flow to the skin may cause it to look red and “flushed”. Usually, this happens as a result of embarrassment, anxiety, stress, or anger. It can also happen as a result of drinking alcohol, taking certain medications, or having a fever.


It’s extremely rare for blushing to be a medical concern, so for the most part, just try to cool down. Maybe use some mental techniques to reduce anger or worries that could be causing your face to get red. Some women may experience a flushed face in pregnancy. If you consistently get facial flushing and you don’t know the cause, this might be a good reason to call your provider to have them determine the cause.

  • “Recognizing the mind-skin connection.” Harvard. Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Harvard University, Nov 2006. Web.
  • “Face turns red after drinking.” Columbia. The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, Jan 2003. Web.
  • Christine Nasr. “Flushing.” ClevelandClinicMedEd. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Jun 2012. Web.

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