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Justin vs. Rosacea


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By Justin B. Terry-Smith

June 24, 2012

I SO HATE ROSACEA SHE HAS GOTTEN ON MY LAST NERVE!!!! OK One day I looked in the mirror and I started seeing redness on my nose. I didn't think too much of it because even since I was a teenager my face used to break out every time the seasons change. It didn't matter what season it was my face would look like a pizza for a week's time. So after a week went by I started to see the redness grow from my nose to my cheeks. I got a little worried because this had never happened to me before. The infection was really gross, it was red scaly and dry and in some cases there would be little pimples that would show up in the redness. SO I was really worried at this point.

I consulted my doctor and asked him what he thought the problem was. He looked at my face and gave me an examination. He said, "It looks like Rosacea to me." I jumped and thought, "ohh god another infection." So he prescribed me Metrogel. I started using Metrogel as my doctor prescribed." It started to work a little bit but I would still wake up every morning with a rash on my face and redness. I then started to reach out to people on facebook, and my friend Lizzy from ATL said she used a medication called Prosacea. I did some research and found out it was $8.00 at my local Walmart. My husband picked it up for me and I started using the same day. 3 days later there is a vast improvement. Prosacea is a homeopathic topical gel and it is amazing.

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.

Justin vs. Rosacea

Rosacea

Acne rosacea
Last reviewed: October 22, 2011.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that makes your face turn red and may cause swelling and skin sores that look like acne.

Causes, Incidence, and Risk factors

Rosacea is a harmless condition, but it may cause you to be self-conscious or embarrassed. The cause is not known. You may be more likely to have this if you are

  • Age 30-50
  • Fair-skinned
  • A woman (but men usually have more severe symptoms)

Rosacea involves swelling of the blood vessels just under the skin. It may be associated with other skin disorders (acne vulgaris, seborrhea) or eye disorders (blepharitis, keratitis).

Symptoms

  • Redness of the face
  • Blushing or flushing easily
  • A lot of spider-like blood vessels (telangiectasia) of the face
  • Red nose (called a bulbous nose)
  • Acne-like skin sores that may ooze or crust
  • Burning or stinging feeling in the face
  • Irritated, bloodshot, watery eyes

Signs and tests

Your health care provider can usually diagnose rosacea by performing a physical exam and asking questions about your medical history.

Treatment

There is no known cure for rosacea.

Your doctor will help you identify the things that make your symptoms worse. These are called triggers. Avoiding your triggers may help you prevent or reduce flare-ups.

Here are some steps that may help ease or prevent symptoms:

  • Avoid sun exposure. Use sunscreen every day.
  • Avoid a lot of activity in hot weather.
  • Try to reduce stress. Try deep breathing, yoga, or other relaxation techniques.
  • Limit spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages.

Triggers vary from person to person. Other triggers may include wind, hot baths, cold weather, specific skin products, exercise, or other factors.

  • Antibiotics taken by mouth (such as tetracycline, minocycline, or doxycycline) or applied to the skin (such as metronidazole) may control acne-like skin problems.
  • Other medications (isoretinol or Accutane), which are similar to vitamin A, are stronger alternatives that your doctor or dermatologist might consider.
  • Rosacea is not acne and will not improve with over-the-counter acne treatment.

In severe cases, laser surgery may help reduce the redness. Surgery to remove some swollen nose tissue may also improve your appearance.

Expectations (Prognosis)

Rosacea is a harmless condition, but it may cause you to be self-conscious or embarrassed. It may be a long-term (chronic) problem. It cannot be cured, but may be controlled with treatment.

Complications

  • Permanent changes in appearance (for example, a red, swollen nose)
  • Loss of self-esteem

References

  1. Habif TP. Acne, rosacea, and related disorders. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 7.
  2. Goldgar C, Keahey DJ, Houchins J. Treatment Options for Acne Rosacea. Am Fam Phys. 2009 Sep;80(5).
  3. Webster GF. Rosacea. Med Clin North Am. 2009 Nov;93(6):1183-94.

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