There can be many different causes for the face to feel hot or flushed, such as menopause, stress, extreme emotional states, medications, spicy foods, hot weather and alcohol consumption. There are also medical conditions that may cause facial flushing, which include rosacea and carcinoid syndrome, according to MedlinePlus.
Most non-medical causes for the face feeling hot or flushed, such as eating spicy foods and excessive consumption of alcohol, can be prevented by avoiding these triggers. Other things that can trigger this reaction are exercise, being in a sauna and hot weather. These are called physiological factors, explains Cleveland Clinic. Emotional triggers for flushing include being embarrassed or feeling anxious.
Patients, who take certain medications for diabetes and cholesterol, can also experience this symptom. Similarly, taking niacin and calcium channel blockers are also factors that can contribute to a flushed face. Women, who are menopausal, can present a variety of symptoms associated with menopause, such as sweating and flushing felt in the facial area, reports Cleveland Clinic.
Rosacea and carcinoid syndrome are two medical conditions that present the symptom of flushing and heat that can affect the facial region. Rosacea is a skin condition in which the face may become red, flushed, hot and exhibits acne-like bumps. Carcinoid syndrome occurs when a malignant tumor secretes chemicals into the blood, causing symptoms that include flushing.