The rapid reddening of the face, neck, and upper chest known as blushing (or flushing) is a common physical response to anxiety, stress, embarrassment, anger, or other extreme emotional states. Often accompanied by feelings of warmth, skin blotchiness, or solid patches of redness, blushing is more of a social worry than a medical concern. However, there are cases where blushing is linked to an underlying medical condition such as Cushing syndrome or a niacin (vitamin B3) overdose. Cushing syndrome occurs when the body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long time, while niacin is often taken to boost blood levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, the “good” cholesterol). Recurring blushing should prompt a medical checkup.
With a range of treatments to suit your needs, we are able to care for all medical skin conditions, skin allergies and help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. We will manage your care from your first consultation to your follow up appointment. For more information, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111.Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, MD
P.S. Rosacea is another skin condition that produces facial flushing.