When I was at the Guerlain & Champagne event at Neiman Marcus, one of the lovely MUAs there was looking at my face and said I may have the start of rosacea, so I should see a dermatologist. I immediately called to make an appointment to get in as soon possible. Well, as soon as possible was Monday. Ray was kind and went with me to the dermatologist. I got there 15 minutes before my appointment, as instructed, to fill out the paperwork. Before I was finished with the paperwork, I was ushered into a room to wait for the doctor.
After speaking with the doctor, she examined my skin. I had thoughtfully just cleansed and moisturized, as well as brought some of my skincare products with me since I figured she would want to know what I use. I’m pleased to say she liked what she saw! She was also relieved that I came sans makeup. Apparently a lot of patients come wearing makeup, which makes it hard for her to examine their skin unless they wash it off.
The Skincare products that I brought:
- LaVanila The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream
- Supergoop! Antioxidant – Infused Sunscreen Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
- Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum
- Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator
- Paula’s choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel
The dark areas within the circle are the areas of rosacea on my face. They’re the dark spots that bug me. the skin texture is different on my face on those areas. The rosacea is not the entire area of skin, just the dark spots in it. And yes, I’m wearing foundation in that pic.
I do blush easily, and you can see that I have a strong pink overtone on my cheeks, but I only have small areas of skin with a different texture.
What is Rosacea?
It’s a common skin disease that begins as tendency to blush easily. As it progresses, people often develop red in the center of their face. It gradually spreads to their nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. It mostly affects fair-skinned individuals, and more women than men are affected. About 14 million Americans have rosacea.
The Dermatologist said several things:
- I have rosacea.
- I’ve prevented damage by using moisturizer with SPF and avoiding the sun.
- My face is inflamed.
She said it is likely that I’ve had rosacea for a while. I did mention that every time I wash my face, my face is red afterwards and I assumed that was sensitive skin. She said it is both a sign of sensitive skin and rosacea. She said that my break outs could be brought on by rosacea. She said rosacea is exacerbated by anxiety and stress. It’s a life-long condition that doesn’t tend to reverse itself.
She commended me on the fact that I’m using good products, and that I apply moisturizer with sunscreen daily to my face, neck, hands and chest. She said so many don’t use sunscreen often enough, so more damage can be done. So she wants to get my face to a non-inflamed state. She wrote me scripts for two prescriptions:
- Aczone 5% gel (morning use)
- Metrogel 1% gel (evening use)
She said that I could continue using my skincare products for now. She said it could take up to 2 months to see an improvement in my skin. I have an appointment for 3 months from now to get a full body check done and an evaluation on my face.
I’m supposed to keep a log any time I have a flare up, including breaking out from zits. She believes they’re caused by rosacea.
Things to do if you have rosacea:
- Practice good sun protection. My dermatologist is confident that I already do this.
- Avoid spicy foods, some alcoholic beverages, hot drinks and caffeine, which can be triggers.
- Protect my skin from extreme hot and cold temperatures, which can exacerbate rosacea.
- Exercise in a cool environment and do not overheat.
- Protect your face from the cold with a scarf.
- Avoid rubbing, massaging or scrubbing the face.
- Avoid cosmetics and skincare products that contain alcohol or witch hazel.
Now, not everything will trigger a flare up in someone with rosacea, which is why it’s important to keep a log.
I don’t often see rosacea discussed on beauty blogs, so I wanted to share my experience. I’ll continue to share. I’m kind of relieved that I’ve always thought I had sensitive skin, so I’ve been treating my skin the way it should be treated. I’m curious to see if the medications help.
Do you have rosacea? Do you know anyone who has it?
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