Post # 1
For the past 4 weeks, at about the same time every night, my cheeks are bright red and hot for at least an hour! I just turned 28, so I’m pretty sure I’m too young for hot flashes. And there’s nothing that’s changed (ie: BC, diet, exercise, etc.)… definitely not preggo 🙁
I’ve searched everywhere to see what could cause it, but it always points to anxiety, rosacea or blushing. It’s definitely none of those. It’s embarassing. Anyone have any thoughts?
Post # 3
I don’t know why you’re flushing but it couldn’t hurt to make an appointment with your family practitioner or dermatologist.
Post # 4
What do you do before you start flushing? I actually have a bit of rosacea but I sometimes get flushing triggered by alcohol (especially red wine) or caffeine. Also, I believe it can come on at any point in your life, I’m 23 and it only started happening for me about a year or two ago.
Post # 5
It sounds like what happened to me when I realized I had rosacea. It was a couple of years ago when I was about 24 or 25. Every afternoon I would start flushing. I did some research and switched my face wash to Cetaphil Antibacterial Soap (the bar, not the pump). It got better almost immediately and for the most part it’s cleared up. The only time I ever flush now is when I have a combination of triggers all at once, like I’ve been drinking, I’m in a rush, and I’m hot. Nothing (at least to my knowledge) precipitated my rosacea, either. From what I read it just comes on at some point in adulthood. I know that females who are fair-skinned, of Irish descent, and migraine sufferers are at a much greater risk of developing rosacea. Lucky for me, I fit the bill on all of that. :/
Post # 6
Wow – I was under the impression that rosacea was where your face stayed red all the time… guess I needed to do more research. I’m defintely going to get some of the Cetaphil soap and see how that works.
Thanks for letting me know – this just comes at a bad time months before the wedding. I would be bummed if I was red in all my pictures. 🙁 Do any of you know if airbrush makeup could keep it covered up?
Post # 7
@franks.katie: It can eventually develop into that rash-like rosy cheeks that you’re thinking of. You can also get tiny red dots that I believe are burst blood vessels under the skin (I have one of my cheekbone, that’s how my dr knew it was rosacea). I would definitely see your dermatologist and tell her about your concerns. I’ve never heard of the blushing at a certain time of day but she will able to give you more of an expert opinion. Mine gave me a rx lotion to use each night. Not sure about makeup, but you could ask your dr about that also. Good luck!
Post # 8
Is it warm to the touch? I get like that since I started my thyroid meds. Have you noticed any other symptoms b/c your thyroid could have fluctuated a bit (which does happen).
Post # 9
@beekiss2: Yes, it’s very warm to the touch. In some ways, it’s nice because I’m usually freezing, but it just looks horrible. My mom had some thyroid issues, so I’ll have to get that checks.
@kirabee: Thanks for the help.
Looks like I’ll be scheduling an appt with my regular doctor and a dermatologist 🙁
Post # 10
Some energy drinks can cause this, especially those that have niacin in them. It’s actually called a “niacin flush.” Just a thought!
(Although you probably aren’t drinking an energy drink in the evening, lol!
Post # 11
Could be a lot of things..including blood pressure. Hypertension can happen to anyone, even if you are very healthy.
Have it checked. SOON!