Blushing, rosacea and flushing are all skin conditions. All the three words can be used to refer to someone who has turned ‘red-faced.’ However, there exist a difference in meaning between the three terms. Of important to note here is that, although all the terms refer to red-face, the question here really is what exactly lead to the person’s face turning red. Although most people use these words inter- changeably, a clear distinction in meaning exist between the terms and that is the reason why we write this informative article to show the exact difference between the two terms.
For better understanding, let me start with a few definitions that relate and are important in this topic to make you see clearly what this is all about.
Erythrophobia– Erythrophobia is used to refer to a condition in which an individual suffering from it has a lot of fear to blushing. What I mean is that, the individual is afraid of making a mistake or blushing especially when talking to a mass of people. The reason why most people blush is because of this fear. Blushing comes from the mind as it is a way of expressing our feelings such as anxiety and embarrassment. However, it is important to note that other factors apart from just fear contribute to erythrophobia. Research has shown that, usually, in most cases of patients suffering from this condition, they are found to be suffering from a condition known as an overactive sympathetic nerve. This condition is usually from genetics and can be inherited. Low self-confidence and self-esteem are also other factors that contribute to this condition of erythrophobia. It is possible to control the influence of this condition called overactive sympathetic nerve by an ETS surgery but as the last resort due to its complicated nature.
Rosacea- Rosacea is a common disease that usually affect the skin. The disease is common to people who are over the age of thirty. The disease causes the nose to redden, redness is also observed on the cheeks or on the forehead. It is also possible to observe some bumps or pimples on the reddened parts of the face. Burning sensation in the eyes and soreness can also be a sign of rosacea. Though it is not clear what causes rosacea, it is said to be as a result of skin irritation but not as a result of bacterial infection as most people think. Rosacea is very common in light-skinned people and those people who blush a lot. Rosacea is also observed to be a family disease and it is possible to find a whole family suffering from it. If you find that you are suffering from rosacea, and it is affecting your social life, then it is advisable to seek medical assistance as most of these cases can be treated. Medication can make your skin appear better and can prevent the condition from worsening.
Asian flush– Asian flush is a common condition especially among the East Asians. It is a facial flushing as a result of body response to alcohol intake common among the East Asians. Research shows that this condition is mostly caused by lack of sufficient ALDH2, a liver enzyme. This enzyme together with an enzyme called ADH are the ones that are primarily responsible for alcohol breakdown which occurs in the liver. The absence of these two enzymes therefore, means that complete break-down of alcohol does not take place and as a result, facial blushing is observed.
What are the main differences?
Although, all the three terms above relate with the skin, reddening and bumps, it is clear that a difference in meaning exist between the three terms. While erythrophobia literally means a condition which makes an individual excessively fear blushing, rosacea is a skin disease that actually lasts for a longer time than the normal flushing. Erythrophobia is not a disease in itself, but it is a condition that can lead to blushing. Excessive fear of blushing tends to actually cause the blushing. It is called a mind game! On the other hand, Asian flushing is a condition that happens as a result of inadequate alcohol break-down. It is possible to confuse the three terms, but the causes and symptoms of these conditions are very different. If in doubt, it is important to seek medical assistance, for advice and treatment.