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niamhis posted:
hi everyone i was just wondering do any of you suffer with this ? red face now i mean really red face from working out ? i get it even after minimal exercise and it can take up to 2 hours to properly cool down , which is really horrible when you have places to be after your workout ! can this be helped at all ? any advise will be greatly appreciated
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
This is very common. Muscles produce heat during exercise and the heat must be released. You either sweat or dilate blood vessels, or both, to do so. Some people sweat more than others. If you don't sweat much then the dilation of blood vessels, which carry the heat from the muscles to the skin surface, allows for the release of the heat. Typically the face turns red when vessel dilation is the main source of heat release. Fair complected people have this happen more than darker skinned people.
There's nothing dangerous about it. You can try a fan blowing directly on you while you exercise, and/or a cold wet towel on your face during and after exercise to reduce it, but you can't stop it entirely. Rich


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