“Woah, you’ve gone so red.”

The words that every “blusher” dreads to hear.

You feel the slightest sense of embarrassment and in a matter of seconds, your face is hot and flushed.

As a result, you start to feel more embarrassed and your skin gets even redder.

Feelings of anxiety and isolation are common for people suffering from a blushing phobia, otherwise called erythrophobia.

The vicious cycle sometimes leads people to avoid social situations. Regular blushing can be a stressful experience, but the truth is, you’re not alone

Curious to see what other people who want to find out how to stop going red search on Google?

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Source: Ubersuggest (Monthly Google searches in the U.S.)

As you can see, some of the most frequent queries on Google include:

“How to not go red when talking to someone”

“Why does my face turn red when I get nervous”

“How to stop blushing when public speaking”

“Why does my face turn red for no reason”

You’ll be glad to know that breaking the loop of frequent blushing is possible.

What’s more, long-term treatment is typically not required.

In this article, we’ll discuss why people go red with embarrassment and how hypnotherapy helps to treat the issue.

We’ll also share 5 practical tips that you can use to deal with blushing alongside a hypnosis treatment.


Although a cause for feeling self-conscious, blushing is one of the most common causes of a flushed face.

Although the natural bodily response of blushing is to blame in most cases, we recommend that you speak with a doctor to rule out other causes of flushed skin, such as rosacea.

If you’re wondering “why does my face turn red for no reason?”, there actually is a reason.

As explained by AsapSCIENCE in a video with over 3 million views, blushing is part of the “fight or flight” response.

Embarrassment activates this response in the sympathetic nervous system.

Adrenaline is released and blood vessels dilate to increase oxygen delivery, causing the face to redden.

A European psychology team discovered that people who have committed an embarrassing act are more likely to be forgiven by others when they blush.

Trustworthiness and likeability were both scored higher for people who blushed than those who didn’t.



Our hypnotherapy for blushing programme at City Hypnosis has enjoyed excellent results for over 15 years now.

An encouraging 9 out of 10 clients who came to us with a blushing problem no longer suffer from the conditioned response.

But how can you stop going red with the use of hypnotherapy? And what does the process involve?

Fear of blushing phobia is treated by working on the repetitive thoughts in your subconscious mind.

Such thoughts can include “I’m going to blush again” or “I’ve got to stop going red so easily, it’s embarrassing” that causes someone to stay locked in the cycle of blushing.

Together with your hypnotherapist, you’ll be able to apply techniques such as visual cues, autosuggestions, and relaxation exercises to alter the “voice” in your subconscious mind.

This will make the subconscious mind replace fear-inducing thoughts with more self-empowering thoughts, that reduce the severity of blushing over time.

In a recent 2019-2020 examination of client feedback, 92.8% of 42 clients who engaged with us for a fear of blushing treatment said that hypnotherapy had helped improve their issue.

Due to this high success rate, we find that GPs are increasingly referring patients to our clinic for specific blushing hypnotherapy sessions.

Here’s a review from one of our past clients:



  1. Cool off

“Your face becomes red when blood vessels dilate,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based director of cosmetic research.

This may seem like obvious advice, but being in a hot environment is one of the most frequent causes of a flushed face.

Open a window, turn on the air conditioning, or splash your face with cold water to reduce your body temperature.

  1. Wear makeup

Whilst this does not solve the root cause, wearing makeup can be a useful short-term solution to reduce the social anxiety that often comes with blushing.

Medical News Today recommends green-tinted makeup to neutralise the facial redness.

  1. Medication for blushing

As advised by the NHS, medication to lessen the anxiety that causes a blushing phobia is another treatment option to consider.

For persistent facial redness, a cream may be prescribed by your doctor if they think this is appropriate.

  1. Deep breathing

Deep breathing offers several benefits, such as rebalancing blood pressure, slowing your heart rate, and stopping stress hormone release.

Calming these bodily processes through breathing can relieve the anxiety that leads to a fear of blushing.

  1. Check your body language

Stressful events are inevitable sometimes, but did you know that maintaining positive body language can help?

scientific study in the Psychological Science journal found that people who were asked to smile during stressful tasks felt better and had lower heart rates than those who didn’t smile.

Next time you find yourself blushing, try to smile rather than be critical of yourself. See if this helps “trick” your mind into thinking that you’re having fun.

You might be surprised at how well this can work!


Thanks to Declan Davey (Health Copywriter) for co-authoring this article.


Are you considering hypnotherapy for blushing in London?

Our clinic, City Hypnosis is led by Aaron Surtees — the UK’s most recommended hypnotherapist.

Aaron has appeared on a range of popular media platforms over the years, such as the BBC, Business Insider, Female First, and the Mail Online.

You can view some of these media appearances here.

As of August 2020, City Hypnosis has over 90 customer reviews on Google, which is more than any other London-based clinic.

But for people who can’t get to London, Aaron and his team also provide online hypnotherapy for blushing.

You can ask questions or book an appointment with the City Hypnosis team using the contact details below:

City Hypnosis

Telephone: 0773 288 8397

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