Post # 1
So I didn’t really know where to stick this post, cause it could go into a few.
Whenever I get embarrased or nervous, my body does this horribly awkward/embarrasing thing where my chest area all the way up to my collarbones will break out in horribly red splotches!
It is SO embarrasing. Early this week the EVP of our company came into my office. He makes me really nervous, because the only times he talks to me is when something is going on. We talked for about 5 minutes about problems we are having with some tech stuff I’m in charge ofnot working right, and after he left my office I looked down and my chest was completely covered in splotchy redness. My shirt wasn’t lowcut either, but I’m sure he had to have seen because it is SO noticeable.
Then, just earlier today, I had a client come into my office. I’ve spoken with him over the phone several times. I didn’t recognize him when he came in and had to ask who he was. He didn’t seem to upset about it, but I was embarrassed because we’ve met once before. Sure enough my chest was all broken out after he left.
And naturally, when my FI proposed last year I was so worked up and emotinal afterwards that I was completely covered!
I’m just so nervous that all the nerves I’m going to have on our wedding day will cause me to break out in what looks like hives. I can’t imagine how horrible the photos would look since I have a strapless wedding dress!! I haven’t found any way to control it either 🙁
Does anybody else have this problem and what did you do to help it go away?
Post # 3
@literary_chic: It is a natural response that many people have to stress. Vasodilation caused by the stress, results in increased blood flow to the area, hence the red color.
Post # 4
My DH gets them on his cheeks!
If you’re worried, I’d put some foundation on your chest day-of!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I had a classmate in college/grad school with this same issue. She was very fair skinned and hated public speaking but we had to give many presentations throughout our academic careers. As soon as she would start talking up in front of everyone the redness would start to show, slowly creeping up from her chest all the way to her face then even down her arms. She eventually starting wearing turtlenecks to present. I know she personally tried to just relax more and try doing like deep breathing to help but because she could never get over her fear of public speaking it didn’t help her much, she actually dropped out of graduate school and just went on to get a job where she would not have to do any public speaking.
I’m sorry to not be much more help! I think trying to practice some deep breathing and relaxation techniques could be helpful though to try and stay calm. Also I wonder if a spray tan or something of that nature would help kind of tone down any redness that does occur? I know my upper arms get very red from KP and a fake tan helps disguise that and make it less noticeable in photos.
Post # 6
@literary_chic: So this happens to both my sister and me and on her wedding day she did break out in these splotches… but don’t worry, it did not look bad at all, didn’t show up in pictures and a TON of people actually commented on how beautiful she looked because ( she is very pale) and it gave her some coloring in her cheeks and arms! It doesn’t have to be a bad thing! lol
Post # 7
@literary_chic: Hey, I am so sorry you are going through this. 🙁 My chest gets red what I am really really mad about something, so once in a blue moon. All I can give you is an idea for your wedding day to maybe camoflauge the redness. Maybe get a makeup artist who can airbrush your chest the same color as your skin so that if you do get red it wont show up at all or as much OR photographers know how to use photoshop so you can have the photo’s that show redness just photoshopped! I hope this helps and good luck!
Post # 8
I have the exact same problem, it’s horrible! My boss has even pointed it out to me, talk about embarassing! For my wedding, I didn’t have my make up artist do anything special with my chest but I did drink A TON of water. I think I read somewhere that the more hydrated you are, the less redness you might get. I also got into a habit of deep breathing before the wedding which helped. Also, making sure to take a few moments throughout the day to be just by myself and focus myself and focus on my breathing helped. No red splotches! Remember, you hear all the time “the wedding day is all about you!” That can put A LOT of stress on you, but if you flip the phrase around, think, “it’s all about you…” do what you need to do to relax yourself! Kick everyone out of the bridal suite if you need a second, savor the first look if you decide to have one to ease the jitters. Take care of yourself and hopefully that relieves some of the anxiety and thus the redness!
Post # 9
Story of my life… 🙁
I don’t really know how to prevent it, but I just wanted to say that it DID happen during our wedding, but no one noticed and/or pointed it out. Just stay hydrated and try to breathe and take some moments to yourself!
Post # 10
Yes! This happens to me all the time. It’s super embarassing!
Post # 11
@literary_chic: It sounds like hives. Perhaps mediation or yoga may help.
Post # 12
Ugh this happens to me too! I get “nervous” about the simplest of situations. When I’m in class and the professor says “go around the room and say your name and major”… instant splotchy chest and shaky voice. WHY?! It’s such a silly thing to feel anxious about but I’ve never been able to shake the feeling.
I didn’t notice that my chest breaks out in splotches until a few semesters ago in my molecular biology lab. I got chosen to demonstrate a technique in front of a group of students and someone asked why I was breaking out suddenly. How embarrassing! Now when I give presentations, I always make sure to wear a scarf to hide the redness so people don’t bring it up and make me even more nervous!!
I didn’t even think about this happening on my wedding day until now… oh boy. That’ll be fun lol
Post # 13
I was just reading this article the other day and I can totally relate to your situation.
Post # 14
Yep, I’ll get splotches and when I’m really worked up hives.
Post # 15
Yep… any sort of emotion and there they are! The other day a friend at work even stopped me mid-sentence to ask if I was ok.
On my wedding day it did happen to me, but as my best friend said, it’s part of me, and it showed that I really cared and that it was a big deal to me. She said it was kind of cute. The good thing is that it didn’t last long, and you can’t really tell in pics.
Post # 16
@literary_chic: I get this when I’m nervous – like speaking in front of a class. I also get it when I drink certain types of alcohol, so if that also happens to you, you might want to avoid those drinks on your wedding day!
Are you going to use fake tan for your wedding? Maybe that will help cover it? I had a tan (used a tanning bed) on my wedding day and although I did feel my chest getting warmer, it didn’t actually show in the photos.