if your face only brightens up for a few hours and there are no other symptoms, like itching, bumps, burns, feeling dizzy, etc.... then I wouldn't worry about it. Its just your body's way of reacting to all that exercise!
I always have red cheeks after working out, but I have rosacea so I sort of expect it. I read in a magazine article once that running cool water over your wrists can help, but I've never tried it so I don't know if it works.
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28 5/5/10 10:10 A
I just recently had this happen to me after a run and it took a couple of hours for it to fade. I'm fairly dark-skinned (Filipino) and rarely blush, so it was doubly perplexing. It was a bit warmer that day, so the hydration theory makes sense.
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5/5/10 10:02 A
I have the same problem; extremely red face after any strenuous exercise or even doing yard work. My doctor says I do not have any medical problems causing it; that it just varies between individuals when your body is trying to cool off by having blood go to the surface of your skin in the small capillaries to be cooled. Here is one article I found about it: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/red-face- when-exercising.html Also, here is a quote from a "Runner's World" forum: "We've actually been asked this question before and an answer appeared in our Jan 2001 issue. Here's a summary: A red face after exercise shows that your physiological mechanisms for regulating body temperature are working well. Blood is redirected to the skin so that it can easily radiate heat away from the body.
The only potential cause for concern would be if you weren't sweating, but going still going red. This might indicate dehydration and overheating - so make sure you're taking on enough fluid during the day and when you're exercising.
So a red face is nothing to worry about. Unless, like me you only get one when you've done something really bad!"
I get like that. but I've found that taking an antihistamine before working out really helps.
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249 5/3/10 4:00 P
I am not extremely pale, I have an olive complexion; however, I get REALLY red in the face when I run for more than 30 or 40 minutes. It is HOT and doesn't go away for several hours. I never feel bad or think twice about it. I tend to drink a lot of water when I run so for me it hasn't crossed my mind that it could be hydration. Makes me wonder!
5/3/10 3:44 P
Yes I just started pushing myself on the treadmill which results in a tomato face thats burns and hurts and lasts for 2 hrs. I will try to keep a fan by my face next time but, I think it has to do with a lil Roscea Ive been going through which makes my face really dry and red on the cheeks and breaks out with too much heat. Maybe its dehydration. I dont know but, I need help :( Ive found that using a witch hazel toner helps to tone down the redness after my shower.
I have the same problem. when i excersise, especcialy running, i get red marks all over my face.
1/12/10 10:46 A
I'm very, very pale and I get red-faced when I work out hard. A lot of the time, people will ask me if I'm alright or if I need to sit down or something, but I'm perfectly fine! My face feels a bit hot and I'll be red for awhile after I'm finished, but as far as I have experienced I've never had an ill side effect from it.
I also have a touch of rosacea, and working out just makes that more apparent.
I've been dealing with this for 2yrs. I'm different from most posters. I have dark hair, almost no freckles and get very tan easily (Indian, Irish heritage). I work out, shower and get ready for work. My face is red and feels hot for at least 2hrs. Very hard to put on makeup. Thanks for this thread. I thought it was just me! Although I don't fit the "model", I totally understand.
It's nice to know that I'm not alone. :D My face turns so red when I work out and stays that way. People stare at me all the time. I wish there was something I could do about it. I usually drink plenty of water during my workout. The worst part is I don't like to shower until the redness goes away. My face doesn't hurt, but it is uncomfortable, almost painful, when the water hits it.
I'm glad I'm not the only one! I'm also paler skinned. As far as I know, I don't blush, but my cheeks turn bright red if I drink alcohol. I always attributed it to the fact that I sweat very little, so my body can't cool itself off fast enough. I find that a cool/lukewarm shower after working out helps a little bit.
The only thing I would be concerned about, and ask if you end up seeing a doctor, would be the possibility of developing rosacea later in life, which you don't want unless you have stock in a company that makes concealer.
I am so glad someone posted this....I have had this problem since I was a little kid. No matter how fit I am, I will turn really super red after a hard workout. I have red hair, freckles, and pale skin, so I think that is just normal for me. I was always a little jealous of the people who just sweat and don't turn bright red. Maybe I should open up a gym specifically for all of us red-faced exercisers so we don't feel so embarrassed!! LOL
I have this issue to, even when i was at my fittest I would flush bright red and stay that way for at least an hour after my session. The trainers at my gym were quite concerned when I first joined but soon realized that it was normal for me (I am also quite pale). As long as you feel good (no dizziness etc) it shouldn't be a concern.
I've seen this question come up a couple of times on the boards. The consensus seems to be that significant face-redness is pretty common in individuals with pale complexions. Also, people who blush when they're embarrassed seem more prone. Personally, I get red, but not as red as some people. I find that cold water helps reduce the redness, but it doesn't completely go away until it's dang well ready to.
Edited by: BRAVE_NEW_ME at: 4/2/2009 (12:45)
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4/2/09 12:16 P
Haha, I'm glad this is happening to other people! I am extremely, ridiculously pale, so that could be a common factor. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't signs of some weird condition.
Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely try to drink more water beforehand.
this ALWAYS happens to me, but that's because I have alphahydrosis. Basically, I don't sweat, so all that heat just stays in my body when it should be sweated out. But yeah, i'm usually red for at least an hour after my workout. It's ridiculous! I guess it's better than having hyperhydrosis, which is sweating too much!!
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273 4/2/09 12:07 P
My face gets really red. too. It doesn't stick around as long, but it does make me look lige a big tomato. The first thing that comes to mind is your hydration level. How much water did you drink before your workout, during your workout, and after your workout. It might or might not be the cause, but it's probably the first thing a doctor would ask about.
This happens to me too. I have never asked my healthcare provider, just assuming it was normal. Might not hurt to ask just to be sure, but it could just be because you are pale.
4/2/09 11:58 A
I have 2 friends that it happens to and they are the most pale people ever so I always thought it just happened to people with really light skin. Both of my friends stopped working out at the gym because it made people really concerned and they were tired of answering the questions. I never thought to tell them to ask their healthcare provider though.
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4/2/09 11:55 A
Does anyone else here get really red in the face when you exercise? I'm not talking just a flush from the exertion. I mean an extremely solid red color that doesn't go away for a couple of hours after the workout and is hot to the touch.
It looks like I have a really severe sunburn, to the point that other people in the gym are asking if I'm okay. It doesn't seem to appear on any other part of my body and taking a cold shower doesn't make it go away.
Any idea what this is? Should I be worried and ask my dr. or is it just something that happens?
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