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What's a Sex Flush?

What's a Sex Flush?

When some men and women get sexually aroused, they have what we call a "sex flush," or a sex glow, where the skin reddens or turns a pinkish color. It's caused by increased blood flow to the surface of the skin and happens to about 50 to 75 percent of women and 25 percent of men. Warmer weather and lighter skin definitely make a sex flush more apparent.

When a woman has a sex flush, pinkish spots appear on her belly and can spread to the breasts, torso, face, hands, feet, and even all the way to her lady parts. For men, the flush starts at the upper belly and moves up the chest to his face, shoulders, forearms, and back.

This coloration of the skin is nothing to be concerned about and usually goes away after orgasm, but it can sometimes take a couple hours. Actually, a darker sex flush may be a good indication that you or your partner is about to have one outstanding orgasm, so a sex flush is definitely a good thing!

— Additional reporting by Alexis Nordby

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Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
theres no way my skin reddens or turns a pinkish. lol
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Sometimes it happens to me! Usually when it happens, I get butterflies in my tummy too haha!
Emiily Emiily 8 years
I get a sex flush after a mind blowing orgasm, after every orgasm actually but it's more intense after those. My boyfriend is so cute when his cheeks are pink. He says I have a beautiful glow after sex because my cheek bones are heightened and have the perfect rosy tint and I'm all calm and stuff. I love him <3
Emiily Emiily 8 years
I get a sex flush after a mind blowing orgasm, after every orgasm actually but it's more intense after those. My boyfriend is so cute when his cheeks are pink. He says I have a beautiful glow after sex because my cheek bones are heightened and have the perfect rosy tint and I'm all calm and stuff. I love him <3
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
hm, never noticed..
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
hm, never noticed..
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Wow I never knew that so interesting.
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 8 years
Wow haha. Good to know? Lol.
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 8 years
Wow haha. Good to know? Lol.
honey31 honey31 8 years
Well you learn something new everyday eh.
njau njau 8 years
My man has pointed this out on occasion about myself on my chest, and I didn't think to much of it, just that I"m excited I guess. Now I know to tell him, that when he notices this to keep on going cuz I'm getting close!!
LadyP LadyP 8 years
Wow, very interesting! Never heard of "sex flush" until now!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I told my man that he looked like a drunk azn after sex.....his ears get fiery red... its the cutest thing
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Interesting!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Interesting!
jessie jessie 8 years
My DH can tell if I'm aroused or not by looking at my upper chest...looks like I have hives. But after the deed is done, it goes away.
SillyBecky SillyBecky 8 years
One of the most disturbing things I've ever heard is when my grandmother told me that she could always tell when my grandpa was aroused because his nose got red. Unfortunately, I inherited the same trait! So, wintertime can be a little misleading sometimes.. haha.
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