Some info and treatment for blushing

I did not write this article and I don’t agree with all of the information within it, but I do agree with some of it. For my personal blushing story go here “


Everyone has found themselves blushing at one time or another in their lives. Whether as a teenager caught in an awkward situation or as an adult when found to make an embarrassing mistake, it is an experience we prefer not to repeat. But research has sown that there may be a positive side to blushing. The non-technical explanation is that when we blush we are acknowledging our actions or words as socially unacceptable and are opening the door for others to forgive our faux pas.

While blushing has more than one cause, those around you can see when you are blushing. The redness that overcomes your face involuntarily can be more embarrassing than the original cause of blushing. It is obvious, and you know what is happening.

Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema

Generally, blushing is physiologically and psychologically harmless. However, there are some people who feel very uncomfortable in social situations are diagnosed with idiopathic craniofacial erythema. Keep in mind that blushing is an involuntary response of your body, so when such an extreme problem exists the solution may not be as easy as it first appears. To further complicate matters, blushing may not be the primary issue. People who suffer from any of a number of psychological social disorders may blush excessively, requiring two solutions for two different problems.

Treatment Options

To effectively treat the medical condition of idiopathic craniofacial erythema, patients have two basic options. The first is to address the problem from a psychological approach, using therapy as the tool to unveil the underlying reasons for the social anxiety. A second approach is to use medication to reduce the possibility of blushing.

The psychological approach involves what is called cognitive therapy. This basically examines what the causes of blushing are to a specific person, then getting them to change their perspective on their view of the causes. For example, if you pass gas in public and are found out, this usually causes people to blush. One cognitive approach could be that you recognize intestinal gas is normal for many people, and from time to time you may not always have control over it. Another may be to adjust your eating habits or lifestyle to avoid foods or situations that cause stress.

The second approach to how to stop blushing, prescription medication, has been shown to be effective as well. There are a number of drugs on the market that are specially formulated to prevent blushing, such as Xanax or Klonopin, and mediations used for other purposes such as beta blockers which are commonly used for patients with heart disease. Consulting with a physician to determine which of the available treatments is best for a particular patient’s condition in the first step to stop blushing.

A General Perspective and Approach

There are a number of choices to the treatment of blushing and some may result in a blushing cure, so that blushing is no longer a problem. However, unless a person has an extreme case of blushing, simply accepting uncomfortable situations as part of being a social being can significantly reduce the number of episodes. The idea of being personally judged by your response (blushing) may be at the very root of the problem.