Post # 1
I am a really confident person and I don’t have trouble speaking up in groups. However, I have noticed lately that I am totally unable to control blushing. I can be talking and feel perfectly fine – not embarassed, stressed, or anxious – but then I will just start to blush. Then I think about the fact that I’m blushing and how hot my face it, and of course it gets worse. My skin is very fair, so it’s not like it isn’t noticeable. Picture Elmo or a stop sign – you get the idea.
Is there anything I can do, or do I just have to deal with it?
Post # 3
@MrsPanda99: Oh my gosh, this used to happen to me a lot as a kid, not so much anymore, but I’ve always just sort of dismissed it as something that happens. I’m curious to know what people say. 🙂
Post # 4
This is actually a medical condition (if you fall under the official diagnosis). I don’t claim to be a doctor so you should see your GP, but look up Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema.
Post # 5
Inderal might help with that, if you had a really important speech or something. It helps with all the physiological symptoms of being nervous, so you could ask your doctor if that might work.
Post # 6
Achk, I have the same problem but mine is related to anxiety and being kind of introverted. It sucks. When I took speech in college I made sure to wear turtlenecks the day of my speeches because my chest gets splotcy. :*(
Post # 7
I suffer from elmo syndrome as well….no advice, but I feel your pain!
Post # 8
I, apparently, blush quite a bit too 😡
Post # 9
@MrsPanda99: Hmmmmm, could it be hormonal? How old are you, lol. Hot flashes maybe? 😉
Post # 10
@Sunfire: !!! I’m 25, lol. I don’t think that could be happening to me yet (I hope, lol).
One example I have is the other day my executive level boss (who I am incredibly comfortable with – I write his speeches, joke around with him, etc.) asked how my sick relative was doing. I started explaining the treatment and ALL OF A SUDDEN my freaking face got hot. I wasn’t embarassed at all, but then feeling my face get hot, I felt embarassed about that. It just strikes me out of the blue :-
@bummbledbee: Eep. I didn’t know it was a real condition.
@pengoala: I was worse as a kid, but I grew out of it…or so I thought 😛
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: I’m the same way! I can be talking to my friends normally, and then all of a sudden the conversation turns to something about me (could be anything! Not even something embarrassing!) and I start blushing! I don’t have to be uncomfortable or embarrassed for it to happen. It’s terrible, and I wish there was a way to turn it off.
Post # 12
@PermaStudent: It is terrible. Who blushes when they aren’t embarassed? Apparently, a lot of us. It’s ridiculous and so unprofessional. I hate it.
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: I feel you. Just one more thing that my body does that I have zero control over! *Slathers on makeup*
[Seriously though, makeup doesn’t help, haha. I’ve given up.]
Post # 14
My best friend has this issue (she believes it is genetic). It doesn’t have to be a full-on nervous/embarrassing/stressful situation to make it happen. Just a little bit of pressue (like speaking in front of people even though it’s not a big deal to her) brings it on.
Post # 15
I have this issue. It’s gotten way better over the last five or so years, but still happens occasionally. I think ever since I started doing presentations at work, and joining Toastmasters, it really helped. It’s like I am more used to social situations now. I am definitely shy and introverted, but I do blush a lot less than I used to.
Post # 16
Me too!! I hate it! When I feel it starting to happen out of the blue, I try to breathe a little more deeply or take a sip of water. When it starts to happen in front of a crowd when I’m public speaking, I focus on the fact that I pushed a baby out of my vagina in front of a male doctor. I’m really conservative, so surviving that was infinitely more embarrassing than any kind of public speaking situation. Then it’s like “I got this” and I can feel myself, my face, and my voice returning to normal 🙂 I don’t know why, but it works for me!