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After I exercise my face is bright red - why?

After I exercise my face is bright red - why?

Capillaries dilate: Exercise increases blood flow and increases capillary dilatation. When the capillaries beneath the skin dilate, the skin appears pink or flushed. This is more apparent in lighter complections.

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I over-used benzoyl peroxide & my face is bright red and dry, even after many hours. I need the redness to go away ASAP. What should I do?

I over-used benzoyl peroxide & my face is bright red and dry, even after many hours. I need the redness to go away ASAP. What should I do?

Wait it out: This is going to happen with any of these products & the chemical burn you created must heal. Be sure you get all of it off with a moisturizing soap. You could try a mild (1/2% hydrocortisone cream thinly applied once or twice a day for itching/redness but you mostly have to let it heal. It will behave like a sunburn. Avoid the BP for a few weeks.

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My face always gets red. When I exercise or even if a room is warm or if I laugh too hard my face turns red. Please help me, its so embarrassing.?

My face always gets red. When I exercise or even if a room is warm or if I laugh too hard my face turns red. Please help me, its so embarrassing.?

Autonomic response: This is not unusual & is a normal physiological response of dilation of capillaries in your face. It's used by your body to cool down. Some people are genetically more prone to this. There is no reason to be embarrassed, in fact that could worsen it! Leaning relaxation techniques like meditation & self-hypnosis might help some. See www. Huffingtonpost. Com/2012/06/26/red-face-exercise_n_1625480.Html.

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When I exercise[start breaking a sweat] my face gets really red, is that normal?

When I exercise[start breaking a sweat] my face gets really red, is that normal?

Red face: Yes, but if you are very short of breath or feel your heart racing perhaps you are doing too much too soon in your exercize routine.

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Today we were shopping and out of know where I got really hot then cold really hot and my face turned bright red I felt like I was ganna pass out? Help

Today we were shopping and out of know where I got really hot then cold really hot and my face turned bright red I felt like I was ganna pass out? Help

Need Proper eval: I would go see your doctor because this question can not be answered without seeing you and doing test. It sounds like you had a vegal vegal reaction, but his could be something with your heart or your brain but could be as simple as low blood sugar. Have someone drive you to the doctor because you don't want this to happen behind the wheel.

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My face and lips are bright red and burn. Am I windburnt?

My face and lips are bright red and burn. Am I windburnt?

Probably: It sounds as if you are "windburnt." keep the areas clean.

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I have a cut on my face that's bright red not healing what can I use?

I have a cut on my face that's bright red not healing what can I use?

Wound: Would be concerned about scar tissue (granuloma) forming. Suggest you see your physician or general surgeon for evaluation and treatment-could require surgical repair with removal of scar tissue.

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Is there a reason why I am getting a red face and a headache after doing intense exercise?

Is there a reason why I am getting a red face and a headache after doing intense exercise?

Exercise headaches: Exercise headaches occur during or after sustained, strenuous exercise. Include running, rowing, tennis, swimming and weightlifting. Primary exercise headaches are harmless, prevented with medication. Secondary exercise headache underlying, often serious, problem within the brain such as bleeding or a tumor or outside the brain as coronary artery disease. And may require emergency medical at.

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Why is the skin on my face always bright red? Could it be rosacea or something else? How would I tell?

Why is the skin on my face always bright red? Could it be rosacea or something else? How would I tell?

Dermatologist: You actually do need to see a dermatologist. There could be multiple causes, such as lupus, dermatomyositis, allergic contact dermatitis, rosacea, etc. For the most part your primary care will not be able to distinguish those, but a good dermatologist will.

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When I clean my babys face with wet wipes (after dinner) he turns bright red. Tried regular, sensitive and organic wipes. What is this?

When I clean my babys face with wet wipes (after dinner) he turns bright red. Tried regular, sensitive and organic wipes. What is this?

Allergy: He is allergic to something- a contact dematitis. Check all ingredients in all the wipes you are putting to his face. I suggest just water and a unscented, tissue. That wouldn't expose your baby to any irritants.

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The last few times I've had dinner with friends my face has gone bright red and I feel hot and sweaty. I do get flushed at times but not this bad?

The last few times I've had dinner with friends my face has gone bright red and I feel hot and sweaty. I do get flushed at times but not this bad?

Cannot diagnose: These reactions may be physiological or psychological. Are you starting menopause early? Would suggest taking your temperature, pulse and respiratory rate and write all down along with all symptoms and discuss with your pcp. Good luck.

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Is it okay take an anti-histamine tablet before vigorous exercise to lessen a red face?

Is it okay take an anti-histamine tablet before vigorous exercise to lessen a red face?

Red face: It is likely safe but depending on the cause other treatments may be be more effective. I would consider discussing this with your pcp to determine the cause and appropriate treatment

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I go from pale (sick) white. To bright red (hot).In my face. Other than hbp im not sick. What is goin on?

I go from pale (sick) white. To bright red (hot).In my face. Other than hbp im not sick. What is goin on?

Cannot diagnose: This cannot be evaluated via the internet. Suggest seeing your pcp and discussing this. If you have had small bowel tumor this may be carcinoid syndrome, but there are many other possibilities. See your doctor and hope you are well soon.

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Is it normal to get quite red in the face upon intense cardio exercise, or sitting in hot steam room? I have fair skin, but olive tone

Is it normal to get quite red in the face upon intense cardio exercise, or sitting in hot steam room? I have fair skin, but olive tone

Rosacea: Typical signs and symptoms of rosacea include facial flushing, blushing, redness, burning, red bumps, and small cysts. The symptoms tend to come and go. The skin may be clear for weeks, months, or years and then erupt again. Rosacea tends to evolve in stages and typically causes inflammation of the skin of the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.