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Red Face When Exercising

Red Face When Exercising: Normal or Not?

We may not look the prettiest after a workout with our sweaty skin, streaked mascara, and disheveled hair, but it's nothing a little shower can't handle. One thing you may be concerned with though when it comes to your post-workout appearance is a beet red face.

Don't be alarmed. That ruby-red flush is just a sign that you're working hard and building up heat. When your temperature begins to rise, your smart little body perspires to keep itself cool, but it also dilates the blood vessels in your skin to reduce your body temperature (aka vasodilation). This circulates blood to your skin's surface so that heat can radiate off of it. So have no fear — your face turns bright red because warm, oxygenated blood rushes to it as a way to prevent you from overheating. This is a good thing and nothing to be worried about.

To learn when a flushed rosy face might be an indication of a problem,


If your red face is coupled with symptoms of feeling exhausted or dizzy, sweating more than normal, or nausea, then it could be a sign of heat exhaustion. You're especially at risk in this hot Summer weather, so if you're experiencing all these symptoms, stop exercising ASAP, get out of the sun, loosen up tight clothing (or remove it all together), and drink plenty of cool water.

Tell me, does your face get especially red when you exercise?

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Jainee Jainee 6 years
I am the Queen of Beet Red Face! I have an allergy condition called Urticaria and when it flares up my face looks like a red Chanel lipstick. I am wondering if this adds to the redness in my face during and after exercising?? My face also goes red from just being in a heated environment - shower and even the sun on a really hot day.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
Oh man, I am the QUEEN of red faced chickas at the gym... and sweat: I am Niagra Falls!!!!! I need a sweat band around my head for sure because the damn sprinklers go off around the 30 minute mark and just keep on "watering"... it's awful... but after my work out... all the sweat & red faceness is SO WORTH IT cause my work out feels great! :)
kellycc kellycc 6 years
Like Audrey L, my face turns bright red and my upper lip stays's like I have a white mustache or something :(. But I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! haha.
luvlior luvlior 6 years
My body (mostly chest and arms) will turn red, however my face gets pale.... I'm in shape so I guess this is just how my body reacts to when I workout PS I work out 4-5 days a week for 50 min approx. doing elliptical or treadmill
Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 6 years
Thank God, I thought it was because I had a bad heart or something haha.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
I'm another one who turns beet red with exercise. I just think of it as a sign that I had a good workout.
MichelleRe MichelleRe 6 years
If my face isn't red I didn't work out hard enough, because my face turns a beautiful shade of fire engine red with just moderate activity!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I get really red when I work out, probably partially because I'm very fair-skinned. It usually goes back to normal pretty quickly after I cool down, though.
Beaner Beaner 6 years
My face gets embarrassingly red, to the point where strangers ask if I'm OK.
wildflower5150 wildflower5150 6 years
I too get a bright red face from working out. It is kinda embarrasing driving home from the gym or something with a big red face! People tend to stare. Oh, well, I know that I just had a great workout!
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 6 years
My face gets so red, it's ridiculous -___-;
amber512 amber512 6 years
I always have the red face, even when not working out. Rosacea is fun...not! lol
genipher85 genipher85 6 years
I get the red face bad!!!! And it doesn't go away for a while after I'm done. So if I go walking during my lunch hour, I spend the rest of the afternoon with people asking me why my face is so red. I also have Rosacea, so I think that makes it worse.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
My face ALWAYS gets beat red! I won't even be working that hard and it'll automatically turn bright red. It's weird after my running partner and I get back in, her face is slightly pink, and I'm a tomato. But people just work differently I guess.
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
Oddly enough, yes! I didn't think I was capable of turning red but my cheeks do. I always thought it was a sign that I pushed myself really hard (in a good way)
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 6 years
Oh yes! I get more red in the face than anyone else I know, that's for sure! I don't mind though, the sweat and flush just let me know that I'm working hard!
Susmita Susmita 6 years
Could also be a sign of rosacea, esp if your face gets red and hot, and takes a while to cool down (even after you shower). Exercise is a well-known rosacea trigger!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Last Saturday at spin class.........definite yes!
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