What causes red faces after running?

A red face after physical exertion is the result of blood rushing to the skin to help the body cool itself. Although each individual's response is different, redness usually will be greater in runners who are not acclimated to intense heat or exercise.

Protect your legs with sunscreen
Women frequently develop malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, on the back of the calf, because pantyhose offer little UVA/UVB protection. As the weather gets warmer and you switch from tights to shorts, remember that your legs will need sun protection.

Go wide to prevent neuromas
Runners frequently develop neuromas between the metatarsals, the long bones at the front of the foot. Pain occurs when scar tissue forms around the nerves in the ball of the foot, which may be compressed by poorly fitting shoes. To prevent squeezing of the metatarsals, use a shoe with a wide toe box, and/or an arch support with a metatarsal pad. Surgery may be necessary if the symptoms become severe.

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