I've had uncontrollable blushing since I was 16. I'm now 33. It's dominated much of my life but it's also become much more bearable over the years (overall). Now when it happens, as much as I hate it at the time, I'm also more accepting of it afterwards. I still often feel like running away from the situation or hoping the world swallows me up, but nowadays I'm much less harsh on myself for blushing and this really helps with my general mood about life and how to cope with it.
I have also found many things that have helped over the years so hopefully some of these can help some of you who are teens or maybe just starting to experience this?
Propanolol - it's not a cure, but it can really
help, in particular for important scenarios which you know you need to attend ie public speaking, job interviews etc. It can especially help if you get nervous tremors and excessive sweating along with the blushing. I've taken it on and off for many, many years now and the side effects are minimal. It can give you low blood pressure though and you should not really take it if you have any history or family history of heart problems. Ask your doctor about Propanolol as a potential helper either way. A word of warning though; I do feel that I have become too reliant on this over the years and I still blush like a beet from time to time, whether i've taken it or not. It seems to only work in scenarios which I am mentally prepared for such as public speaking. The 'surprise' blushes I sometimes get when someone walks into a room and suddenly looks at me are not well-controlled by propanolol. It's also cost a lot of money in prescriptions over the years and who wants to take tablets every work/school day either?
Hypnotherapy - Use this as much
as you can. Again, it's not a cure but it can really help. When I first saw a hypnotherapist about my blushing, it was the first real stage in addressing my problem. Talking to him in depth about my problem helped just as much as the hypnotherapy at the time. There's plenty of free hypnotherapy sessions you can access too so don't fall for the money grabbers who seem to be everywhere on the net offering '3 simple step solutions'. Try this free one for example - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STH2sUGVEek
Talk to people about your blushing. Most people won't understand, but they will be supportive. If you can tell your boyfriend or girlfriend it will make life so much more bearable for when you have a difficult time blushing. My current girlfriend is the only partner I've ever told about it and she has been such a good support for me as she doesn't judge nor brush it off, but also sees it from the eyes of a non-chronic blusher so she can put it into context. She'll give advice like "don't worry about it, nobody cares if you blush. And if you do...so what? You're there to do a job and that's all they care about, not the colour of your face" Good advice by the way!
Creams - 'fade out' facial redness cream from boots has been a long term 'helper'. Not sure if Boots still sell it as I'm still going through my first bought cream as one tube lasts years
. There's similar creams about though i'm sure.
Diet and good sleep. Make sure to drink plenty of cold water during the day. Avoid too much sugary food/drink and definitely avoid alcohol if you can. For YEARS I used alcohol and in excess, to 'help' make me overcome my blushing, thinking of it as a kind of dutch courage, but little did I know it was making my blushing much, much worse. Avoid alcohol too as it will add to the depression you might get from excessive and invasive blushing episodes. Avoid hot drinks especially coffee as cafeine doesn't help either. Try to avoid spicy food especially from capsicum peppers. I know I'm advising you to avoid all of lifes supposed joys, but then you and I know how miserable life can be as a chronic blusher right?! It's about weighing up how much it impacts on your daily life to want to have to make big life changes. Apparently gluten rich foods don't help either. Unsurprisingly, fresh fruit and veggies do help as they are not too acidic. You want a more alkaline diet as a blusher. A solid 7.5 or 9 hour nights' sleep tends to help as well.
Good advice I've also recently found online (including on here) is also to try to put yourself in the situations which make you blush and really try to make the blush worsen instead of try to make it stop. I know from many years of blushing, that the moment I try to stop it, it just gets worse and worse and then I become acutely aware that my body language; one of panic is then actually whats making any subtle blush now really obvious to observers. They most likely did not even notice the initial blush...and they definitely didn't care about it. But when I squirm in my seat or jump up to leave the room unnexpectedly and without explanation, it's then that they look at me oddly, which in turn makes the blush more and the cycle continues. I'm actually making the situation worse without realising. Does this sound familar? Try actually MAKING
yourself blush instead. See what happens? I've tried it recently and I literally couldn't make myself blush no matter how hard I tried
I'm currently doing a teaching course of all things, really throwing myself in the deep end in terms of blushing potential. I hope I can finally address my blushing issues head on with the new advice I found online and properly start to accept any blush. I had my first teaching lesson today and as an ice breaker for the students I even brought attention to a cartoon picture of a man who had a red face and I told the students that he looked like me. It got a little laugh and for the rest of the lesson, I'd completely forgotten about my potential for blushing and carried on with the task at hand. It was a scary thing to do but SO
worth it. I will keep trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and I really think this is the best way to be with blushing.
...failing that then there's always...
...a new form of ETS out called ESB. This is a non-permanent medical procedure similar to ETS, except they block the nerve instead of cutting it, making it reversible in case of unwanted side effects post treatment. I am considering this down the line as most of my other remedies and 'cures' have been limited or temporary but we'll see how my teaching goes first. This procedure is very new and only offered in Finland and Italy. I'd not take this lightly though and only consider it as a very last resort if your problem has persisted for many, many years (if you are still in your teens or early 20's your blushing will very likely become much less of a problem over time...hang in there!). Still, for any of you chronic blushers out there who have thought about ETS check this out instead - http://www.sympatix.fi/?lang=en
I will also try iodine as someone else suggested in this thread. Thanks for that one.
Sorry about the long-winded nature of this message, but I hope at least someone can take some useful tips from me.
Just remember you are not alone, and...
...they never notice your blush as much as you do