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Red face reduction

What to do when a hot flash strikes in public. Plus, the mysterious case of the tip skimmer.

> As a newbie to hot flashes, I would really appreciate your advice. Should they be acknowledged or ignored in a professional setting? When a flash hits, this fair-skinned Irish girl turns beet red, and the inevitable sweaty face follows. This happened recently in a job interview. I didn’t say anything, but you should have seen the looks I got.

J.H. / Newburyport

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