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5. Facial Flushing

London Dermatologist

If you don’t have any other strange symptoms, sudden redness or coloring in your face or upper body can be alarming. Increased blood flow causes skin flushing, often known as blushing. Blood vessels enlarge to compensate for increased blood flow to an area of skin, such as your cheeks. The “flushed” appearance of the skin is due to this expansion.

You may feel heated around your neck, upper chest, or face as a result of the increased blood flow. This flushing can cause spots of apparent reddening on lighter skin tones. On darker skin tones, flushing may cause discoloration or darkening of the affected area rather than reddening of the skin. Anxiety, worry, humiliation, anger, or another intense emotional state often results in flushed skin. Facial flushing is more of a social concern than a medical one. Flushing however may also be caused by a medical condition such as Cushing syndrome or a niacin overdose. If you have frequent skin flushing or blushing, consult a healthcare provider.