When it comes to Asian flush there’s few main ‘cures’ out there. They typically fall under one of these categories:
- An anti-histamine that helps with the redness symptoms
- A patch or take a tablet that helps reduce the main toxin that causes Asian Flush
- A patch or a tablet that combines both for maximum effectiveness
This guide will look at what’s available out there and help you decide what is best for you.
Best cures for Asian Flush (2020)
The best Asian Flush cure really depends on what you you need.
- Best for effectiveness and value: Sunset Flush
- Best for effectiveness and added liver support: Red Deuces.
- Best if you don’t want to take a tablet: Redee Patch
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|Treatement||Potential side effects||Does it fight the toxins in alcohol that cause flush?||Free shipping worldwide?||Liver enzyme support?||Overall score|
|Red Deuces||Includes some histmine (Quarcetin) blockers – may lead to some similar side effects||Yes||No||Yes||3.5/5|
|Redee Patch||Skin reactions||Yes||No||Yes||3.0/5|
|Sunset Alcohol Flush Support||Includes some histmine blockers – may lead to some similar side effects||Yes||Yes (when you order two bottles)||No||3.5/5|
|Zantec||Anti histamine side effects e.g. Dry mouth, Drowsiness, Dizziness.||No||No||No||2.0/5|
|Zyrtec||Anti histamine side effects e.g. Dry mouth, Drowsiness, Dizziness.||No||No||No||2.0/5|
|Pepcid||Anti histamine side effects e.g. Dry mouth, Drowsiness, Dizziness.||No||No||No||2.0/5|
5 common cures for Asian Flush: How effective are they?
So, are you doomed to flush bright red whenever you want to enjoy a drink? There are a few different medications that claim to help or cure Asian Flush, but how effective are they?
What makes Sunset effective is because it uses two mechanises to help you fight with flush 1) histamine to help with the redness 2) ingredients to fight the toxins that come with alcohol).
There are 8 active ingredients in the treatment that contribute to those two mechanisms or help them work together.
This is the first cure that was created to directly address Asian Flush. In a recent study*, 50% of those who took it found that it reduced their symptoms a little. 38% found that it greatly reduced symptoms, and only 12% saw no improvement. Sunset is effective for any symptoms, from redness, headaches, and even hives.
Effectiveness and value (Free shipping worldwide when you order two bottles)
Watch out for:
Antihistamine like symptoms.
2) Red Deuces
Red Deuces is a great all around treatment as it combines more than one mechanism of flush treatment as it has two mechanisms to help you with the flush (anti histamine to reduce redness + ingredients to fight the alcoholic toxins) . It also includes ingredients to help with your hangover and some additional ingredients for Liver Support (which may be at risk when you take something for flush).
Overall effectiveness and additional support.
Watch out for:
Antihistamine like symptoms.
3) Redee Patch
Redee Patch is a relatively new cure/prevention to the market. Instead of a pill, it is a wearable patch formulated with natural ingredients to help fight the flush as you drink. Reviews are generally positive, but like the other cures on this list, it works well for some people but not all.
- Additional support for your liver.
- Less side effects.
Watch out for:
Skin reactions using the patch.
A recent study* found that Zyrtec provided little-to-no benefits for those who took it. 62% who tried it didn’t feel that it made any difference, while 38% believed their symptoms improved a little. No one reported that Zyrtec noticeably reduced their symptoms. Zyrtec contains the antihistamine Cetirizine, which blocks histamine H1, but in order to be effective against Asian Flush, the antihistamine needs to block H2.
5) Pepcid AC
Pepcid AC is the most well-known cure for Asian Flush. In a recent study*, 63% of people who took it found that it reduced symptoms a little, while 20% found it greatly reduced their symptoms. The remaining 17% found it had no effect. Many people who took it found that it didn’t reliably reduce their symptoms.
Zantac contains the right kind of antihistamine – the type that blocks H2. Those who tried Zantac reported that it reduced some dizziness and redness, but not consistently, and only temporarily.
*Study was conducted by Sunset Labs in 2019.
What is Asian Flush?
The Asian Flush is the name for what happens when some people of Asian descent drink alcohol and their face, neck, shoulders, or even their whole-body flushes pink or red. However, some people experience worse symptoms than some mildly embarrassing redness and feeling warm, such as:
Asian Flush affects approximately 500 million people worldwide and about 36% of East Asians show some physiological response.
Why does it occur?
It occurs because our bodies have to break down alcohol and it does so with two enzymes: alcohol dehydrogenase and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. The first converts alcohol into acetaldehyde and the second metabolizes it.
People who get Asian Flush have a mutation in acetaldehyde dehydrogenase which makes it less efficient, which means toxins accumulate in the body. The flush occurs as a result of this accumulation. It can also be worsened by the body releasing histamines which increases blood flow and causes redness and itchiness.
Frequently asked questions
Which Drinks Are the Worst?
Essentially, the higher the alcohol content, the more likely you are to react, because it is the by-product of alcohol that your body is allergic to. If you want to enjoy a drink and avoid a flush without taking medication to help, try nursing a beer instead of drinking shots.
Does it Run in the Family?
Research shows that generally, yes, it does. However, just because a parent suffers from it, doesn’t mean you will too.
Should I Avoid Drinking Altogether?
You don’t have to. However, you should be aware that there is some research that reports a higher risk of cancer for those who suffer from Asian Flush and drink a lot on a regular basis. If you like to have a fun night out – go ahead! – but skip having a beer or glass of wine with dinner each night.