I’m 26 and I’ve been living with a mild case of rosacea since high school. But, I didn’t know it. So, I did my research on this skin condition because I noticed red bumps on my chin, cheeks and forehead. Not to mention, I have big pores, so it’s rather embarrassing. I also knew I blushed very easily, which is a sign of rosacea. This was all confirmed when I went to the dermatologist last year.
I finally scheduled an appointment last year, told her I’d been researching and thought I had rosacea. I wanted medicine so I could stop feeling so self-conscious. You see, I don’t have a bad case, so it’s not like I need to hide. It’s just the bumps are noticeable – especially when I have ‘flare’ ups. She assumed me that the medicine would work and sent me on my way. But, it didn’t.
Time passed and I didn’t schedule another appointment with her because what was the point? She hadn’t helped me and I felt frustrated. I mean, I’m tired of going to the doctors and something not working. As a side note, I’d been to the gynecologist about 4 times and still, nothing improved, so I guess I had the same mentality.
Not to mention, between the visit and medicine, it was about $200! I couldn’t afford to go again, so I tried to treat it on my own, but it didn’t exactly work.
I am going to schedule another appointment, but it will be with a different doctor. Before I go, I’m going to order medicine called Rosarid. If it doesn’t work, I’ll just go. It’s annoying because there are days when I look at myself face and think, gosh I look ugly and then there are others where I’m like….’damn, I’m beautiful.’ But, all in all, I’d just like to see myself and say, “you are a very pretty girl with the rosacea and all!”
Also, I guess I hadn’t fully grasped the fact that certain foods can make you flare up. According to rosacea.org, if you have rosacea, be sure to stay away from the following foods:
- Sour cream
- Cheese (except cottage cheese)
- Soy sauce
- Yeast extract (bread is OK)
- Broad-leaf beans and pods,
including lima, navy or pea
- Citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas,
red plums, raisins or figs
- Spicy and thermally hot foods
- Foods high in histamine
Additionally, I didn’t know you could also ‘flare’ up when you work out. So, be cautious of that as well. You shouldn’t be afraid to YOU. Don’t hide because of this condition. I mean, you won’t feel confident all the time, but who does? You just have to be extra cautious. It could be worse though too, so don’t feel sorry for yourself!