Solving the After Workout Flushed Face

Have you ever gotten done with a long workout, only to head to the gym bathroom and realize your face looks like a tomato? I know that I have experienced this, my face turning beet red after I exert myself. You’re definitely not the only one to of had the flushing of the face happen after a workout. I wanted to know a little bit more about this and find out why some people get very red and the cause behind it. Mainly, when your face does flush it is because you are heating up your body. Making perfect sense, you will turn red as you continue to apply effort.

The degree to which your face turns red, varies by person to person and as a product of genetics. What this redness is, primarily, is blood making its way to the surface of your skin. People often confuse the redness with some sort of medical issue, which it usually is not. When you are working out, just pay attention to the way you feel. Our bodies work in odd ways and a flushed face is merely one of them. Flushing is actually done by your body to help cool it down and prevent you from getting too hot. If you’re having other symptoms, along with the red face, this is a whole other story. If you feel like you are getting lightheaded and could pass out when you exercise, you probably need to see a doctor. I only mention the doctor because this could be a sign that there is something else wrong with you and I don’t want you to be misinformed. In my younger years, I had worked out mostly in warmer temperatures. I’m not saying that this is the smart thing to do, on the contrary, it was actually quite risky. One fateful afternoon, I was lifting some weights when a scary occurrence happened to me. I remember that it was sweltering and hot gym in the middle of a southern summer.

I was able to get the weight up fine but after I set it back down, my knees buckled. Fearing the worst, I held on to the weight rack and started to feel my body pull itself backwards. Right then and there, I knew that I was about to pass out and I had to regain my composure, I quickly headed back in. Luckily for me, it was nothing sitting down and some ice cold water couldn’t fix but it was still a wake-up call. Even though mentally I could prepare myself for such conditions, physically, my body just couldn’t handle the heat. But that being said, as long as you’re not putting yourself out there in extreme conditions, whether that be hot or cold, you shouldn’t have much to worry about if your face flashes. Think of your face turning red as a way that your body is helping you to cool down.

If you have ever seen Brock Lesnar in an athletic event, you should know that a red face during strenuous bouts of activity is not a big deal. Although it can be mildly annoying, don’t fret if you flush. It doesn’t always seem like it but the warning signs our body gives us are there to protect us. If you are self-conscious about having a flushed face, think of it this way, you are exerting yourself enough to force your body to cool yourself down!

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