Post # 1
I have very fair skin, so every blue vein, scratch and tiny sunburn shows big time. However, I have another problem that goes beyond my fair skin. My face and neck get very red and blotchy when I am embarrassed, drinking, or simply hot. It is not like rosacia, but it is under the skin and I can feel it when it starts to happen. Imagine blushing times a thousand. Make-up can help, but won’t cover it. Anybody else have this problem? I am just terrified of all my wedding pictures coming out with my face bright red and my neck all blotchy!
I am also mostly Irish, so any other Irish girls out there may have an idea?
Post # 3
Try a touch up powder with a yellow tone – the yellow decreases redness. I use Benefit’s Bluff Dust, which is great. You could just keep it in your purse for touch ups before pictures. They make a special litte one I think for just that purpose. It works really well, and doesn’t look mask-y. Good luck!
Post # 4
This is an easy fix in Photoshop, if you aren’t able to prevent it in real life. Open your photo in Photoshop and go to Image->Adjustment->Hue/Saturation. Then choose the Reds channel from the drop down menu and change the Hue to about 15 (generally a range of 5-15 is best, play around with it and see what works). I have the same skin as you and this fixes it every time without changing the rest of the photo.
Post # 5
I have the same problem! I’m interested to see what people come up with!
Post # 6
Well I have had that problem too. Kinda like an allergic reaction somewhat but only on the skin. Flushing and heat and a rash type look.
I’m fair also. I just take a mild benadryl and an ibuprofen before a very important event and try to focus on relaxing.
I once had this right before a job interview five years ago one hour before. This is how I found my fix..and btw, I’m in the medical arena so I asked a few of my medical friends and they said to try this.
It worked. Mainly the relaxing and the easy breathing. The ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory and helps with the redness. Benadryl can also relax you a bit too. Or a bit much if you’re sensitive to medicines like I am.
Call your doc or also see a dermatologist if this is a really important concern and this happens often. They can give you maybe a better alternative or a prescription for something.
Post # 7
Thank you bellenga! That is a great tip! I was thinking I should see a dermatologist, but thought they might not be able to do anything. However, you give me hope!
Post # 8
Well you will be a beautiful bride! And only a blushing (midly )bride..lol! I also once did "the breakout red thing" right before I went onstage at Miss Tennessee. I was wearing a WHITE evening gown (OMG!). Had to put some ice on my chest and put a towel over my gown to just get the redness gone before I went onstage. I was shivering in the lights..kinda funny now to look back tho.
Wishing you love and happiness.
Post # 9
I’m so glad you posted about this! My neck and chest get all splotchy like that if I get very angry, upset, or stressed out. Here’s hoping I don’t experience any of those emotions on my wedding day….lol! Still, I’m glad to have these tips for every day life! Up until now, I have just focused on relaxed breathing, and the splotchiness always goes away in a couple minutes.
Post # 10
I dont’ know if it works, but I’ve heard that taking Prilosec OTC before hand helps….since this is a medication, check with your doctor about this before you do it. There, now you can’t sue me!
Post # 11
I have a friend who had this same problem. First, you should DEFinitely see your dermatologist. There are a lot of things that can be done to help.
Second, there are some things that can make it worse: red wine, for example. Your derm can give you a complete list.
Good luck! You’ll find a solution!
Post # 12
Oohhhh….I suffer from "red face" syndrome as well, any time I am embarassed or have any attention focused on me. So, you can imagine that I am a little nervous about this happening on the big day!
Good luck 🙂