How to Avoid Blushing

Two Methods:Preventing Blushing in the MomentPreventing Blushing Long-Term

It might seem like there's no escaping that embarrassing flush of the cheeks every time you look at your crush, hear an off-color joke, or make a mistake. It feels like that, but that doesn't have to be the case. Some people blush in social situations in which they feel embarrassed; others blush for no reason at all, which in turn causes embarrassment. Some people even have an intense fear of blushing, called erythrophobia. If you feel like your blushing is getting in the way of normal social interactions and you want solutions to your problem, read on for some tips on how to avoid blushing.

Method 1
Preventing Blushing in the Moment

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    Snap out of it by relaxing your body. When you blush, you can quickly help fade the redness by relaxing your muscles, particularly in your shoulders and neck. Try to let go of the tension that you are suddenly holding. Keep your posture upright and your legs balanced.
    • In order to relax, try:
      • Remembering to breathe in and out (deeply if you can).
      • Reminding yourself that this isn't the first time you have blushed and it probably won't be the last time. This can be oddly comforting.
      • Smiling. Smiling may help as our cheeks naturally redden when we smile; smiling also helps us feel happier[1], which may destroy any social anxiety.
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    Don't fixate on blushing. Many people fixate on their blushing when it happens, worsening their social anxiety. And research shows that the more we think about blushing, the more we blush.[2] If you can find a way to stop fixating on blushing, chances are you'll actually blush less!
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    Consider calling attention to it. If a person's on a date and they do something incredibly awkward, one way that they'll save the situation is by calling attention to it: "Well, now, that was clumsy. I promise I'm only a klutz half of the time!" By calling attention to the awkwardness and putting it out in the open, they've unmasked it. The awkwardness usually leaves right then and there. You can do the same thing with blushing.
    • It's obviously not something you can do every time, in every situation, but consider it a tool you can use. Your blushing often gets worse because you're afraid of people uncovering your anxiety. If you defuse the anxiety before other people have time to realize it, you have no reason to blush anymore.
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    Try rehearsing thought exercises. In order to help you feel both cooler (as in physically colder, but also street-wise) and to distract you from the blushing itself, try several thought exercises:
    • Imagine jumping in an ice-cold lake. Imagine diving deep down to the bottom of the lake while feeling the cold water wash over your limbs and skin. It'll help you cool down and should relax you a bit.
    • Imagine people in their underwear. For some odd reason, this public-speaking trick really works. It makes you feel like everyone else is human, and that you're not the only one who makes mistakes. More often than not, it'll make you chuckle.
    • Compare your situation to other people in the world. You feel embarrassed because you need to get up and talk in front of your class, perhaps. That's a piece of cake compared to fighting for your life, or struggling to find food. Remind yourself of how good you have it.

Method 2
Preventing Blushing Long-Term

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    Understand what blushing is. Blushing is the involuntary rushing of blood to the face, usually brought on by social anxiety. Blushing causes redness and sometimes perspiration. Blushing is made worse by the fact that the face has more capillary loops and more blood vessels than other skin areas, making blushing in the face particularly visible.
    • Understand that blushing can be caused for no "social" reason at all. Most people blush when they feel uncomfortable in a social situation. Other people blush for no apparent social reason at all. This kind of unprovoked blushing is called idiopathic craniofacial erythema.
    • Understand that some people have a legitimate phobia of blushing, called erythrophobia. People suffering from erythrophobia may wish to seek out counseling as they try to overcome their fear.
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    Try to prevent blushing in the first place, if possible. Find out when you blush. Is it when you're angry, or when you're nervous? Is it when you look at or think of a certain someone? Is it when you're put in the spotlight? Don't necessarily try to avoid whatever makes you blush, but try to condition your body to believe that there is no reason to blush when it comes along. This is the first step in beating the blushing.
    • Make a list of all the recent times you remember blushing, especially if you blushed social situations. Write the outcome of the social situation. Were you made fun of? Did people notice? In most cases, decent people don't think that blushing is a problem and don't point it out. And why should they? It's not something that you can control. Start understanding that blushing isn't always as important as you think it might be.
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    Don't feel responsible for blushing. Whatever you do, don't feel responsible for blushing. It is involuntary. Train your mind to understand that your conscious thoughts have nothing to do with this autonomic bodily response. You are not to blame, and you are not guilty of anything. If you let go of feeling responsible for blushing, there's a good chance you'll find yourself blushing less often.
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    Stop caring. Not only is your blushing much less noticeable than you probably think, it's also helpful to remember that most people either find blushing to be cute or endearing. There are benefits to being a blusher. They include:
    • People who witness someone blush find the blusher to be more sympathetic, softening their social judgments of the person.[3] In this way, blushing may help build better social bonds.
    • Researchers believe that people who blush are better at relationships, reporting higher levels of monogamy and trustworthiness.[4][5]
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    Work out strenuously before you feel you might get embarrassed. This does two things: your face will have a natural red hue that looks more "normal," and you'll lower your blood pressure so much that you could become effectively immune to blushing, based on how hard and long you work out, for anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours. Even if your redness from working out fades, this temporary immunity will continue.
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    Find helpful relaxation techniques. Prime your mind and your body to relax before the blushing sets in through meditation or gentle exercise. Feeling relaxed and in control could help you prevent blushing from occurring in the first place.
    • Try yoga. Yoga is the perfect mind/body exercise that will help center your thoughts and provide enough physical stimulation to get blood flowing throughout your body, not just in your face. Experiment with different types of yoga; there are dozens. Find the style that best suits you.
    • Try gentle meditation. Meditation can mean so many different things. One form on meditation that you can try is simply becoming aware of your body and shooting that awareness out to the very edges of your body, achieving a kind of release. Focus first on the thoughts in your head, and then gradually move your awareness to the edges of you body, until you are aware of your body as a whole.


  • Drink lots of water! A lot of times blushing occurs because of dehydration.
  • If you want to avoid blushing for a particular event, like a speech, drink a full water bottle of ice cold water about 5 to 10 minutes before. Drink it sort of quickly, but it doesn't have to be fast enough to make you sick. This will cause all blushing to stop for about 30 minutes, and it really works! Just don't do this more than once in a day and not too many times in general, because it's probably really bad for your bladder!
  • Breathe deeply. It helps prevent and disperse blushing.
  • Turn down the heat. Blushing is the dilation of blood vessels in your face when you are under stress or other things. Your body also naturally dilates blood vessels when temperature increases to aid heat loss from the body and cool it down.
  • If all else fails, forget everything else and remember some people think blushing is cute. It's an asset, not a flaw!
  • Commenting on your blushing is an easy way to stop caring about it.
  • Yawn,or cough! Pretend you have something in your eye.
  • Get an older friend of the opposite sex to say things that make you blush until you can deal.
  • Blushing shouldn't be too much of a problem provided you keep a serious face if you're angry or a big smile any other time.
  • Try to cough every time you blush.
  • You can practice fading blushes in the mirror, if you can get yourself to blush.
  • Think of something funny.
  • Lose some clothing and wear natural fibers to keep your body cooler. Before a "situation" occurs remove your jackets and jerseys to cool your body. And realize the other person is also human and also gets nervous but is just better at hiding it.
  • Relax. Blushing is natural, there's nothing wrong with it! If someone in specific makes you blush, try to feel angry at them for making you blush. It should get your mind off of whatever thing they did or said that made you blush.
  • Hold a cold water bottle, it will help keep you cool.
  • If possible, close your eyes and pretend you are alone for a moment, relax and take in a deep breath. Slowly release it through your nose while keeping your eyes closed.
  • Avoid making eye contact with people that you know would laugh when you blush.
  • Take a deep breath, in and out. Focus on something else. Study the room you're in or at least count to ten.


  • Trying to hide your blushing too much will only make it worse.
  • Don't think about trying not to blush and what's going to happen if you do blush because this will make you blush. Just remain calm and don't think about blushing.
  • Remember,if you are a teenager, blushing could be hormonal.
  • Never be too calm, you don't want to fade out and ignore everything.

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