I Didn’t Know I Had Rosacea Until I Went To The Dermatologist

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:

  • Liver
  • Yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese (except cottage cheese)
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Soy sauce
  • Yeast extract (bread is OK)
  • Vinegar
  • Eggplant
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • 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!

Via Puckermob

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