Exercise! - face turning red during exercise and after it

07-19-2008, 09:01 PM
Is it normal for my face to turn kinda really red during and after exercise ? Is it dangerous ? This worries my family, after a work-out when my face is red they always say I've work-out too hard or too much and that I should lessen the intensity of my next work-out because that's not good that my face turn red. Is this true ?

07-19-2008, 09:15 PM
my face gets quite red when i exert myself, although somewhat less so lately (even though i haven't lost any weight or been more active). i have high blood pressure, which i'm assuming is the reason for my red face. if i am right and this is also the reason for your face becoming red then both of us need to work to reduce our blood pressure. i'm on medication (lisinopril, 10 mg/day) at the moment which is kind of humiliating for me, being only 24 years old, but at least it's keeping my BP down. i guess if i stopped smoking, drinking heavily, and exercised regularly it would help...

07-19-2008, 09:35 PM
My face turns pretty red if I workout really hard. It typically stays red for a while after working out too. This has ALWAYS happened to me... I can remember running the dreaded mile in high school and having a red face half the day after that.
Just a note, I don't have high blood pressure, only drink socially and don't smoke... so I have no idea why mine is red!! But you aren't alone!

07-19-2008, 09:38 PM
Same here... no high blood pressure, 25 years old, and even when I do just enough exercise to break a sweat my face goes red -- and not just any red, but a deep, deep beet red.

Something that has decreased the redness considerably at times for me is drinking plenty of water before and especially DURING the workout (if you've ever compared your pre-workout and post-workout weight you'd be surprised to see how much water your body loses over the course of a workout!).

07-19-2008, 10:00 PM
Add me to the list of red faced excersisers. I don't remember a time in my life when my face didn't turn red during and after a hard workout. I always thought it was the Irish comming out in me...or maybe the English. I never thought to worry about it.

Noo high blood pressure here either.

07-19-2008, 10:09 PM
I too have the red face when I work out....but only during a workout when I step it up. Normally my face gets red towards the end and last about an hour after. I think it's normal, just showing that you are working hard!

07-19-2008, 10:38 PM
Do you feel like you are over exerting yourself? My face turns red when I work out and it stays that way for a while. Check with your doctor to see if it is okay.

07-19-2008, 11:14 PM
My face turns red almost as soon as I end my workout. It looks like I've been badly sunburned and it lasts for about a half hour.
I'm 24 I have normal to low blood pressure and this only happenes if I work out for over 45 minutes.

net knee
07-19-2008, 11:27 PM
My face turns beet red too... I don't have high blood pressure... pretty low actually. I get red as soon as I start working out and break a sweat. It is my norm so if this is something new that is happening to you maybe you should ask your doc. But it's probably perfectly normal. Increased blood flow is probably the culprit... heart is working harder and such... welcome to the red faced workout club!! LOL

07-19-2008, 11:41 PM
I'm another red-faced exerciser! I try not to look in the mirror after running because I'm always self-conscious about it. My blood pressure is fine and I've always had this happen. My mom is the same but even worse so I chalk it up to genetics.

Apple Cheeks
07-20-2008, 12:00 AM
This has always happened to me, even when I was a scrawny kid on the playground at school. My face starts to glow like a stoplight, and stays that way for awhile after a work-out.:cool:

My weight has never had anything to do with it: even at my fittest/slimmest--when I was a skinny teenaged soccer player and running up and down the field for hours on end--my face has always turned bright red with physical activity.

People sometimes ask me if I'm okay and/or think I'm working too hard because it is unusual to them, but it's quite normal for me (and for lots of other people, too).

Like net knee said: if this is something new for you, maybe you should get it checked out by a doc. However, if this is something normal for you then I wouldn't worry about it because there are lots of people just like you!:D

07-20-2008, 01:35 AM
i'm a red faced chick to and nothing is wrong wih me just real pale in color, i think as long as your not in pain or dizzy your red face should be ok.

07-20-2008, 02:16 AM
But it sure is embarrassing, I feel like everyone is staring at me (the gigantic sweat stains from collar to chest probably don't help matters much either)! NOBODY at my gym seems to have the same problem ;)

07-20-2008, 04:17 AM
That's me to a tee when I work out--my face is beet red and huge flop sweats. My hair gets so wet from sweat, it looks like I just stepped out of the shower. And I'm in fantastic shape--really the best shape in my entire life. I also have very low blood pressure, almost too low.

I think some people (usually people with pale skin) are just naturally prone to getting red in the face. Not only is my face beet red when I exercise, but I flush very easily. When I'm a little warm, when I'm embarrassed, when I'm excited, when I exert myself even the tiniest bit--my face is immediately bright red. People commenting on it will make my face get even redder.

There's a line in Pride and Prejudice about the main character's eyes having been brightened by exercise--that's the way I try to think of my face; it's "brightened" by exercise. I try to think of it as a "sporty" look. ;)

I do see lots of folks around my gym with the same sweat stains that I have but I don't notice as many red faces. The sweat stains are easily dealt with by purchasing work-out wear that doesn't show sweat. There's nothing I can do to camouflage my red face (or my dripping wet hair), though.

07-20-2008, 07:30 AM
I also get the red face, and I also have pale, pinkish skin. I tend to sweat a LOT around waist, chest and thighs, but not so much on my face or head.

I have low blood pressure.

I wear a heart monitor and have noticed my face gets the most red when my heart rate gets up into the max range for me. 160ish what I consider my danger zone as a 40 yr old smoker, because if I go any higher than 165 I start getting light-headed and tunnel vision.

You are not alone with the red face, and from all the posters I'd say it has nothing to do with high blood pressure.

07-20-2008, 09:10 AM
I have to second what Barbara said. I have always had VERY red face after exercise, even decades before I actually developed high blood pressure. WHen I was 16, I played basketball twice a week and you should have seen me after each practice! Beet red and totally drenched. I am very fair-skinned. I noticed that typically the girls with a bit darker skin (and I don't mean non-Caucasians; I lived in Europe at that time and there was nobody of a different race on our team - I just mean girls who get easily tanned etc.) typically did not get red at all (although one did). I do think it is more pronounced in fair skin people. When I blush, you certainly DO notice because it is more visible than on other people.

07-20-2008, 01:57 PM
I agree with Barbara that clothing choice makes a HUGE difference! I bought those shirts that are supposed to wick (is that the right word?) sweat away from your body. At first I bought on the in womens section, and I am used to a nice big comfy tshirt to work out in. The womens version was too tapered and short for my liking. So I bought on in the mens section, and it was a little longer and did the same job! I even bought one for non-working out days, when it is super hot here and I have to be outside! At least I don't show that I am sweating my butt off! he he

07-20-2008, 05:08 PM
I'm another whose face is red when I finish exercise and my neck is almost purple. This has just started happening in the last 3-4 years. I do have high blood pressure but the meds I'm on for it keeps it at a good number.Wet hair, sweat stains, been there, done that. ;)

07-21-2008, 03:21 AM
Everyone in my family turns beet red when we exercise. 23 years ago I was a young cadet in the police academy. During our daily 1.5 mile run, they stopped me and took my blood pressure because they thought I was going to have a heart attack or a stroke. I tried to tell them it was just how I was made, but they didn't believe me, until they saw my numbers.

I have learned to love my red face and sweat drenched t-shirt....means I'm working hard ;)

07-21-2008, 11:15 PM
If I run at night I don't get very red because it is cool, if I run when it is bright out I get very red. If I work out at the gym I get really really red, I live in a hot country and there is no air conditioning at the gym. If my face isn't red after a gym session I don't feel I have worked hard enough and I will get back on the treadmill and do sprints. I honestly go and check myself to make sure I am red. When I was young it used to embarrass me now I seek it out.

07-22-2008, 03:10 PM
I'm a member of the red faced club as well. I'm naturally fair and have a touch of rosacia. I also get flushed when I'm warm or even if I've had one little drink.

07-22-2008, 04:08 PM
I'm 24 years old and I don't have blood pressure problems or any other health problem that I'm aware of (aside from being overweight), and my face turns red as a beet when I workout hard. This has always happened to me when I was really exercising with intensity and I really don't think it's anything to worry about. I think it's a matter of where and how much you sweat and show exertion -- face gets so red, but I sweat only very minimally, whereas a friend of mine doesn't turn red, but sweats buckets during exercise.

ETA: I don't naturally have a 'rosey' complexion, however. If I'm warm or only slightly exerting myself, my face doesn't go red; it's only when I'm moving at maximum capacity.

07-24-2008, 03:00 PM
I too get pretty red, especially after a more than 2-mile walk. I sweat around the head, neck and throat

07-24-2008, 03:22 PM
When you work out, your body produces heat. One way that your body makes sure it doesn't overheat is by sweating, of course, but your body also increases blood circulation to the skin's surfaces, so the heat can be radiated off (smart bod). Warm, oxygenated blood rushes to your face, turning it that bright red color. It's receiving lots of healthy blood, bringing nutrients to your skin and carrying away toxins. Some people just show it more than others.

If you are noticing other symptoms besides a red face, like dizziness, fatigue, or nausea, you may be in danger of becoming overheated. To help your body stay cool, wear clothes that breathe easily, like cotton. Also make sure to keep yourself hydrated.

07-28-2008, 03:48 PM
My face is always red when I workout. I hate it!

07-28-2008, 11:46 PM
No big deal as long as you feel fine. People at my gym say the same thing to me all the time. I just ignore them because they are so jealous (just kidding).