I have always had rosy cheeks. I sunburn easily. I windburn easily. I blush easily. If I eat something I am allergic to, everyone notices within minutes, as my face & neck turn bright red (or in the case of canola oil a violent purple-red). If I go skiing or in freezing weather, my nose rivals Rudolph’s. I have such sensitive skin that it is very difficult to find skin products that don’t make me break out, burn, itch, crack, etc.
But in the last year, I have moved from low level manageable facial skin troubles to outright Jen’s face skin v. Jen. Yes, war. Actually, it is rosacea.
I have spent most of my life joking about my pink-piglet Scotch-Irish skin. It is no longer a joke. I am over the burning and itching. I am over spending in excess of $150 for sensitive skin product lines to find that a month or two into using it that my redness, burning, itching, and red bumps that aren’t acne are worse from using said skin care line.
This summer the situation worsened due to the fact that I found my skin rejecting every sunblock I tried all the while the redness and bumps were aggravated by the sun. Yes, I live in the land of the perpetual sunshine, but my teenaged tactic of avoiding the day and going out at night really is not workable as an fairly responsible adult.
Another interesting bit that I found in my research this week is that rosacea is common amongst folks with migraines (both are a neuro-sensitivity response) and folks with migraines tend to have either IBS or celiacs disease. Ding ding ding.
I have all three. And my rosacea is worse on my right side, which is the side that I tend to get most of my migraines. Upon reading all of this, I was in tears and wanted to trade in my body for a better model, not just one free of sensitivities and auto-immune attacks but also a taller body. Thank you very much.
I know my triggers – sun, cold, hot, skin care products, sun block, canola oil, some wines, diet coke (oh, my beloved), among a few others. I try to eliminate what I can, but I do like to go out & about in the day.
And on Monday, I have an appointment with my dermatologist to talk about possible treatment. I can’t do the pill form antibiotics nor the accutane nor the retin-A that is the normal course of treatment due to allergies and other sensitivities. Many other folks with rosacea who have written online about their struggles with the condition say that photo derm / photofacials have worked where other treatments have not.
One friend and one family member with the same level of irritation that I am now experiencing have gotten the photo facial treatments to good results – not just a reduction of rosacea redness & bumps but also of irritation and burning. Both are active in sports and are out in the California sun without much trouble now they have gotten the photo facial treatment.
Have you had problems with rosacea? If so, what have you done to help alleviate the symptoms? Has anyone here gotten some photo facial treatments for rosacea? Has it worked?