How Can I Prevent My Face From Turning Red When I Give My Speech?

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Blushing is an involuntary redness of the face, the result of embarrassment or stress and is very common especially for people who have to stand up in social situations.
It is supposedly caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which is activated when a person suffers stress. This system tells the blood vessels to open up to help release blood to the face and organs. This causes blushing.
There are many ways to try and counteract blushing
Relax; blushing is caused by tension. The second you feel yourself beginning to blush relax your body. This will relax you overall and hopefully prevent or ease the blushing. Practise relaxing your muscles at home, this will help you stay in control when you feel the redness coming.
If you do blush, just accept it. Mention it to someone to show it is not a big deal. This will prevent you getting teased and you can move on with whatever you’re doing.
Don’t feel embarrassed, many people blush and if you self accept then there is nothing to worry about. Just say to yourself 'I’m blushing, it’s no big deal’.
If you blush regularly and have to deal with situations where you blush, do these visualising techniques before going to bed. Imagine you are in an uncomfortable situation where you would blush. See yourself how other people would see you and soon you will realise how silly it is to blush. Doing this more often will prevent you blushing and you will become more at ease with yourself and such situations.
If you begin to blush, see how red you can make your face. This turns it into a game and actually has the reverse effect on you.
When you wash your face, put on moisturiser. This prevents skin drying out and discourages you from blushing
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I am 14 years old...and the same thing always happens to me! When its my turn to give a presentation I get very nervous, like if my whole class is taking turns reading theres, before its my turn ill be thinking in my head that I'm not gunna turn red..but once my teachers calls my name, thats it I turn red and try to walk up there like its nothing, but once I do get up there I start burning up, and shake and get all red...my parents tell me that once I get older it will stop, but I'm scarred that it wont. All tell you what might help though, I found this out because when we were going to our class from P.E, I poured some cold water on my head and once we got in there my head was so cold that I didnt even get red! It might have been from me thinking how cold my head was, or that when you get red your whole face starts to burn up and the cold water cools it down, but I don't know... Maybe you should try it.
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silly garcia
silly garcia commented
wow knowing that other people have the same thing i do and that you can do what your doing now is awesome im 12 years old and i have the same thing i cant controll it and this thursday i have to present please help me ........ im in 7 th grade and i love performing and my dream is the some day i become a singer thats my pasion but with stage fright idk pls tell me what to do
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i have the exact same problem i hate it, even when a teacher asks me to answer a question i put my hand up to answer a question, i think oh its okay i putmy hand up bt i still go bright red its really bugging me because everyone says 'you're bright red'!! i just think yeah cool no need to point it out!
Kk polly
Kk polly commented
I don't turn red when I'm on stage, because of the lights I can't see the people. But when I'm doing auditions right in front of people I start to shake cause I'm nervous. With the same concept as making your head cold, just distracting yourself from being embarrassed works.
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I have the same problem but I laugh it of infront of my friends. :D smiling is the best thing. I also have my hair in a pony tail at school so whenever I do a speech or before I go to gym class make your face really cold with water so you don't notice you are going hot. Then you don't think ok! Oohh noo which makes you even worse. Also drink lots of water! Laughter is the best remedy XD
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Hey I have the exact same problem as most of you....I have a presentation tomarrow n I'm scared I will turn red in front of everybody...but now that I think of it I feel like it really has to do with how you feel about yourself...I use to never be self concious so therefore I never turned red...however wen I moved to a new school I was picked on a lot for the way I looked...n practically turned red everyday all day for the simpliest things...although I'm not teased anymore I still turn red...but I'm very self concious now...you have to really think of how you feel about yourself...n love dha way you look...learn to gain confidence n face your fears...thats the best thing I think anybody can do
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silly garcia
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wow u r awesome all of you i have the same thing im 12 years old i have a presentation on thursday and yup wish me luck guys i feel like we are all a family lol ikr stupid but seriously cuz we alll have the same thing oh well byes
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I am 13 and this happens to me all the time.. Its horrible! When ever I go infront of my class.. I get beat red, and my face feels like it is burning. And my voice gets very shaky. And I start to shake a lot. And after I am done and I sit back down I have little red spots from the redness of my face.  I rlly hope it goes away. But a couple of ways to not let your face red get red is be hydrated, and maybe put water on your face or head.

A lot of people get nervous too. Its human.

Ps. My mom ust to get the same way she says it goes away. Hopefully it happens to me :)
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silly garcia
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haha lol same here i hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate presneting or talking infront of my class if the teacher just asks me for a answer i get red and it gets really hot after i answer its over but still :)
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same here its horrible i need help:L
Kk polly
Kk polly commented
I feel for you. :(
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karin bernal answered
This used to happen to me if I had to do public speaking, or if a guy I liked talked to me or even looked my way. You will find that this problem will go away in the future when you're older. There is always a slim chance it won't but that would be if you are extremely shy.

It's a physiological happening. The best way to deal with it is head on, meaning, when it happens you acknowledge it by saying "I know my face is getting red but I want to finish this report....." something along that line. Or, if you're outgoing enough you could say something like, "aside from my face getting red ......".

It's very normal and happens to so many of us that most people understand. If you brush it off as something minor, so will others. Be valiant and strong and forge ahead.
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I'm 17 and my neck goes red when I get nervous about the dumbest littlest things!!!! It's so bad cause it starts at my neck then my face and my ears start heatin up and if I'm really nervous the top of my arms starts turning red and my hands start to sweat!!!!! It's horrible!!! I just read on a sigh that said to drink lots of water when it starts turning red and another said to hold your breath for a few seconds and think about what you r nervous about and then it goes away I'm gona give it a shot hope things work out for you ttyl!!
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That same thing happens to me. Everytime I give a presentation I can feel it burning up. Or even if someone is talking to me and I'm nervous it will do that. I hate it but I have to deal with it. Try to be more comfortable and pretend its no big deal. Get up there and say "yeah whatever" and act as if you just want to get it over with. Also when you're up there, don't worry about what anybody thinks. If it's a good project, what's there to be embarrassed about? I have to teach myself this as well because I have a speech in two days! GOOD LUCK!!
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This happens to me all the time!! I really HATE it. But you jut have to deal with it. Try to forget about it, I know that is hard to do because you get really hot.
I have a awards day at my school in 3 days and if they call my name for an award, I am scared that my face will turn red in front of my whole school and I will CRY!
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This have happened to me forever... It all started when I had to present in front of my class. But when somebody said look how red she is... "she looks like a tomato". Since then I didn't like to present in front of people anymore. Another thing I can't be like all the girls who everyday do something to their hair. Why can't l be like every girl. I wish I didn't had to get red when I get nervous. But I guess you have to front your fear in order to make it go away.. I know theres other girls who might feel like me that everytime you get red you wish you hide.
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Sam Vickers answered
I had this problem! Used to go red like a million times a day!
Found www.faceturningred.com and it has nearly cured me :).
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chen lyfen answered
Hi when you give your speech then your face turn red, it's a kind of shy or not habitual or maybe it's your nature to be red, if it's the first one then you can not turn red after when you are habitually getting to the environment of your speech.
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I'm 33 and it still happens to me. I also flush profusely with exercise and sweat a lot. I think it might be just how some people are made. Insensitive people (half the population) always seem to want to embarrass me about it, but I just laugh. Whatever! Flushing can be attractive to the opposite sex :)
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Breathe deeply and steadily. Try not to look people in the eye but look near their eye so it's not like your just some weirdo who stares off into space. Also, dink A LOT of water.
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Oh my god I am so glad I'm not the only one WHO goes bright red even for the silliest of things such as someone looking at me in class. I know there isn't really  proper cure for a red face but as I get older, I become more confident. I used to get up on a big theatre stage and do a dance in front of hundreds and not even thin about my face going red but ever since year 7, I got less confident. It all started when I was asked to read a page or two in english by my teacher, before this I loved to read to te class, but I don't know what happened but I started to stutter the words, I couldn't breathe properly and my hands were shaking, my voice started to shake and then my face went as red as the burning sun but brighter. Plus my hair was in a pony tail so I couldn't hide my face. After a boy sitting next to me said "You said Titania wrong" I was so embarrassed. Good advice for me is to keep your hair by your face, if you do go red, hide your face behind your hair. Even for me if I put my hair up, I always have two bits of hair by my face, although this doesn't hide my face, my psychological thinking makes my mind to believe my hair is actually hiding my red face. I guess you just have to live with it! It will soon go, but for now going red is a sign you are human, it makes you look sweet. Don't listen to other kids.
Fact: Human are the only mammals that can blush!
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Suhail Ajmal answered
You must concentrate on the topic which you are going to speak in front of the audience. Your total concentration should be on the topic. Forget that someone is in front of you. No matter what anybody says to you during your speech. Do not listen to the person.

Your commitment with you topic will prevent your face from turning red. There is nothing in the speech for people to get embarrassed or to be laughed at.
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It never helps if you focus on the speech i've tried trust me!!!!! This has been happening for years!!!!
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I am 20 years old and I aswell get supper hot burning red! My face just feels as if it will explode.. I currently attend a comunity college and I have  a  major presentation due in a couple of weeks seriously I can't even think of my topic all I can think is how to avoid getting red!!!! But I say eff it, it is what it is my classmates r not paying my tuition or passing me!
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Hey oh my god I have the EXACT same problem as all of you..... I HATE giving speeches with a passion even tho I have to give one  in 3 day and my class only has like ten people in it..I am still scared to death about doing it. And the worst part is, the speech is about a personal funny or exciting expericence and I just don't want to tell my class that! I wish my face wouldnt turn so RED!! :'(
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This happens to me to and I absolutely hate it with all my heart!!!!!I would do anything to change it..even when it like 2 of my closest friends talking to me ei get red!!! I don't know y?....I need help with it to :(
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The horrible thing about it is that the more you worry and think about blushing, the more likely it will happen. It's a vicious cycle. Something you should definitely try doing is wearing a green tint on your face that will neutralize the red and conceal your blushing. This will help a lot and will take you out of that blushing cycle. The only problem with it is that you'll think it's great and start wearing it more and more until eventually you're wearing it everyday and you only feel comfortable when you have it on. This means that when you don't have it on you'll feel really exposed and you'll be even more prone to blushing - just a little warning.I don't know how old you are but if you're below the age of 14-15 then your blushing could get even worse in the future. It could start happening everyday, even when you aren't giving a public speech. If this happens and it becomes a big disruption in your life, especially if it means you start avoiding situations, then you should consider getting an Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy, or ETS for short. In the 80's a group of surgeons from Sweden pioneered this medical procedure which involves cutting certain sympathetic nerves and is only a two day procedure: One for the right side and one for the left. Since severe blushing is caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system, physically cutting out the nerves will completely cure it, as it did for me. I'm 16 now and life is sweet. I haven't had to worry about blushing for a few months and the feeling is incredible. My face no longer goes bright red in all those situations that I would normally have blushed in. It has completely changed my life. You can read other testimonials of the surgery here: www.hyperhidrosis-usa.com If you haven't heard of this operation yet then I'm sure your very excited at how easy it actually is to get rid of it, however I'll have to warn you about the side effects. For some reason the nerves involved in blushing are also responsible for hand sweating so having this operation will actually mean you will no longer sweat from your hands. Now you may not be concerned about that, especially if you suffer from excessive hand sweating (hyperhidrosis), however it means that the sweat is actually redirected to other parts of your body. This is known as compensatory sweating and affects mainly your chest and sometimes your back. According to research, 0-10% of patients regret having the surgery for this reason but I can tell you I'm certainly not one of them. I couldn't care less about sweating, as long as I don't have to put up with blushing. Hope this helps!
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This happens to me all the time!! . Usually before I give a speech I say to myself that its just a speech and there's nothing to be afraid of.If your just flat out scared to give speeches or presentations maybe you have a phobia. If anybody else can do it without turning red,so can you. Try to calm yourself down before it happens. The word "presentation" makes me really nervous.some people grow out of it,but if not you should see a doctor.
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I was looking up the same thing and I found four things that just might work.
First: Get a tan
Second: Stay calm- you can get this calm drops at a vitamin store near you
Three: Get this anxiety medication called clonazepam
Fourth: Take slow deep breaths and put your head down
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Yeah it happens to me too. It's almost like an automatic response, because half the time I'm not even nervous. But I used to get really nervous, so I'd say it's a learned reaction. Don't think about how nervous you are or who you're presenting in front of, remember that you know these people (if it's a class) and they are all probably just as nervous. You're just students in a class.
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Before a speech don't even think about turining red or how embarresing it wiil be, think about your grandma or something but stay clear on the topic, if you worry that you are going to turn red in front of the class then you will, sometimes its all in your head.
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silly garcia answered

i have the  same thing like a lot of you i have a presentation on thursday  and im afraid im going to get red and my face gets blood red and really hot and i can  CAN CAN  feel it its awefull so yeah srry about my bad spelling and yeah comment if you have the exact thing as me oh my voice also gets shaky ....

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Think of yourself in a small room, nobody there, and don't pay attention to everyone in the room. Try to relax yourself, and maybe even show a smile. Before your presentation, try to encourage yourself that you can do it, and maybe listen to music while your at it. I'm a very shy person, but when I'm around in an audience, I smile and just enjoy the moment. Don't think of what over's think, when your doing the presentation, just think of how proud you are of yourself that you will do it. Hope this helps somewhat!

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Be yourself when talking to someone you like. Do not try to be cool as this will put you under more strain. Recognize that if this person is worth getting to know better.

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Reesa Rein answered

My face turns red all the time and I panic about it. I get extremely bad panic attacks when my face turns red, which causes my face to heat up even more and panic like crazy.  I hate it so much, I don't think I could find a job because of this problem or just anything I want to do. I have a speech in 3 days, and I'm freaking out and feeling really bad. When there's a speech or presentation I get this extremely bad feeling in my gut. I've thought about surgery to get rid of my sympathetic nerve but I've seen the side affects which causes me to rethink my decision. Yep, it's really that but that I've actually considered surgery. I'm super jealous of those girls who's face never seems to get red or heat up. Soo jealous :(

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Kk polly answered

I blush whenever boys talk to me, it's really annoying. Sometimes I just resort to putting on foundation. Also I've found out that I don't blush when I'm really tired. It's like I'm just to tired to put in the effort to smile. Also being a little grumpy or bored eliminates smiling. Because fake smiling doesn't blush. But yah, I wish there was a quick fix. Lately I've been looking into my characteristics and accepting it, and Just boosting my self confidence. Orionspeaks on YouTube is great for self confidence.

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Be confident in that-you are number one-on top of the world.Walk with authority,believe in yourself with authority,and speak with authority as you mean it,and change tones to reflect interests.The people are listening due to interest,so you are on top and in charge!
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It s not the end of the world if you become red encourage your self before giving a speech.
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Loki answered
You can't. Unfortunately, we cannot control our nonverbals. However, if we assume this is a consequence of stress or nervousness, the more you repeat the behavior, the less strongly you will react. But there is not a thing one can do to control their nonverbals directly.
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Haha no way,, I'm the exact same way,, but my face only turns red when I'm in class or sitting down,, I find when I'm outside it never turns red or when half the lights are off in the class.. And I have a presentation in 4 days and just knowing that the same thing happens to plenty of people I'm a lot more confident,, an when presentation day comes I'll make sure to have a bottle of water with me and I'll ask to present at the back of the room... Thx a lot guys
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Diana Rodriguez answered
Ok Well Hey!! IHave the Exact Same Problem. IGet Red All the times. Jus By Hearing ma Name called By a teacher to answer a question, iGet red in secs. IGet super Red...And I Feel Lik Ma Face is burning Up Because of all the redness in ma face. IHate Going up in front of the class and talk or even talk in fornt of the class while I'm sitting in ma sit. Ihate getting n embrassed or wen people laugh at yhu. Or wen yhu feel everyone is staring at you because of the fact they want you to get red. IHate wen people say " lok shes getting red" iJus feel lik slapping them. IAlso Get red most of the times wen a guy talks to me or wen I get screamed or in trouble by a teacher. Getting red is a huge problem for me. IHate it With all ma heart.
     IGuess yhu jus have to deal with it...n dats sumthing I can't do. :((
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I no this isn't an answer, but r there any guys that turn red? I notice its only women
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Tannis Mitchell
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No, there's a lot of guys out there that turn red. Like when their talking to some cute girl, they immediately turn red. (If their the shy type) But maybe make this into a question? Maybe some guys will help you out with that lol.

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