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    Question Relaxing infront of mirror makes red cheeks almost neutral. Goes red soon again. Why?

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    This is kinda a weird question/observation.

    When i feel my cheeks are red/flushed and irritated and i go to check them out in a mirror and stand there for a while and just relaxing i can see the red color fade away.

    But if i walk around for 10 seconds or doing something else. The redness come back. What can you make of this? Is the redness caused by my nervous system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r0bbs View Post
    Hi!

    This is kinda a weird question/observation.

    When i feel my cheeks are red/flushed and irritated and i go to check them out in a mirror and stand there for a while and just relaxing i can see the red color fade away.

    But if i walk around for 10 seconds or doing something else. The redness come back. What can you make of this? Is the redness caused by my nervous system?
    Hi there,

    I have noticed exactly the same thing. My face in its resting state ( not flushing ) just looks very slightly rosy cheeked these days, most people would say I look healthy. But if I close my eyes and relax deeply for just a few seconds, then open my eyes and look in the mirror my face is a completely uniform pale colour.

    If I’m having a mild flush and do the same thing, it also goes away...

    But in both cases the original level of pinkness returns to my cheeks within a few seconds of opening my eyes.

    I don’t know about you,but in my case I have to close my eyes for it to work, I’ve tried relaxing in just the same way with my eyes open but that has no effect.

    I too have wondered about it and indeed have wished I could ask a doc or derm why it happens, And could it be some sort of ‘clue’ as to what’s going on..... but, in my experience, they are generally so disinterested - or at worst, they think I’m half-mad and imagining my symptoms, that I’ve never bothered.

    Because I am also prone to minor flushes if I’m stressed and if I’m concentrating hard, I have wondered if some of my rosacea generally has been caused by stress... I did have a very stressful 10 year period at work (a narcissistic bully) which, mercifully ended two years ago and I often wonder if that contributed to my rosacea, which began in 2016. For me, the paleness that comes with moments of deep relaxation does lead me to wonder if I am still is a slightly hyper-vigilant state some of the time...

    What about you, Robbs, do you think there is an element of stress associated with your rosacea?

    All the best
    Fiona

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