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Most of the time my skin is just normal (fair) with very little (and I mean little) red on both of my cheeks. You can only see if you look really close and shine a light (or in daylight). I'm only 16 so I don't think it's rosacea (I know you can get it at this age) because I've always thought it's just acne (i'm a late boomer). Can acne cause very mild red cheeks? I've got an oily nose with blackheads and my nose is also bulblous and thick skinned. I've also got very few blackheads on my chin. My forehead is normal skinned. My face does sometimes get quite hot but I've always put that down to being in a room with the fire on. Could this be rosacea developing??? I really hope not.


Oh, it's not all my cheeks, just a small centre of my cheeks. And I should mention, if I go outside then come back inside, my nose just looks red.
 

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Hi Mark and welcome!
What you are describing could be rosacea, to some degree. It would really take a picture or an exam to diagnose it though. Have you googled "rosacea"?
What have you tried so far?



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OK, I've been researching and I'm sure now it is rosacea. If it is for sure, then I'm positive I've caught it in it's early stages. I've just started using Eucerin Redness Relief, too. At the moment, the red is only on the cheeks and is very, very mild, unless I flush then it becomes a bit more red.

Do I just go to my doctor and tell him I think I may have rosacea? If it is, then will treatment stop the red getting any worse over time? And is there a possibility that rosacea may go away on it's own accord in later life? I eat very healthy, drink green tea, goji juice ect.

Finally, my nose feels thick when I touch it, is this excess tissue? Doesn't look too bad atm, but is it possible to have some of this removed to make my nose appear smaller? My nose goes red in cold weather.

Oh, how common is it for teens to get this condition? It says it usually occurs in adults. I really don't think I can go through this condition all my life. It actually stops you being young. Going out and socialising.


Edit: I also exfoliate at least once a week, I don't have to stop do I? And is it OK to use fake tan?

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Although it's difficult to predict how long rosacea will last, in time it does disappear.


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Is that true?

Thanks for any answers. And sorry for all the questions.
 

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Just done some exercise outside and now my face is beetroot red. I hate it. I can't cope.
 

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Right now my face is looking great. It feels slightly hot on one cheek, but there is no redness anywhere. I zoomed in close with my cam and just couldn't see any red. I also asked my brother and he said there was no red. I guess it's because I recently applied so of that Eucerin Redness Relief I'm not sure.

How important is it I see a doctor soon so I can keep my skin the way it is and not permanently red?
 

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Hi Mark
In my experience, rosacea doesn't just go away. It requires medical treatment or it can permanently thicken the skin and make the nose bulbous and red. There are prescription creams that help, such as Metrogel and Finacea, but you need a doctor's prescription to get them. It would be good to get a doctor's evaluation anyway, just in case it ISN'T rosacea -then you can find out what it IS!
You probably found out the things that trigger it: spicy food, sunlight, alcohol consumption...to name a few...Wearing a good sunscreen with SPF30 or higher and a high PPD would be a good start.
Good luck with your treatment!




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Thanks, fawnie.

I'll have an appointment with my doctor next week, hopefully Monday. Anyway, just recently, my eyes keep watering, the whites are red and yellow, and they just feel so uncomfortable. I'm guessing this is ocular rosacea, so I better mention that to my doctor, too, because it's getting worst every day. I've also noticed excessive yawning, like every minute or so. :S

Anyhow, I will do my utmost to find something better than what doctors prescribe. Obviously, I will take what they prescribe but I don't want to be using that long-term, as I don't like using steroids ect. I'm with the Chinese on Rosacea. I really don't think it's a skin a problem. IMO, it's toxins in the body. Thus, I have started taking anti-oxidant foods and drinks. I have also purchased some milk thistles to give my liver a good cleansing.

Besides all this, I still believe that I have hypothyroidism. This is because I have other symptoms, like fatigue, thinning hair ect. It's just getting my doctor looking into the possibility.

I just hope a cure can be found one day. Having it is bad enough, but having it when you're young is even worse.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Thanks.

Just a quick question, can men use the Eucerin redness relief or is it for women? If so, are there alternatives for men?
 

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Hi there Mark,

I'm so sorry that you have been experiencing a difficult time with your skin. I know what it's like to have problematic skin. This reason and many others motivated my dedication to my skin care career. Have you ever tried to calm and soothe your skin with cool products? You could try an aloe masque mixed with a drop of lavender essential oil. Place some cool gauze or paper towel over your face and rub ice over the compress for a few minutes. This is an excellent cooling treatment. You should try to avoid extreme heat and cold, because it will most likely only sensitize your skin evenmore. Limiting exposure to UV rays is also critical. So be sure to keep your skin well protected with sunscreen, for you I would recommend at least SPF 30. I also believe you may be overexfoliating, which will not only cause premature aging, but can also cause couperose, which is visibly dilted and broken cappilaries under the surface of the skin. This can also cause the skin to look red and persistently flushed. You are doing the right thing though by consulting with a medical professional. I hope your visit will be enlightening and most of all productive.

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Hi there Mark,

I'm so sorry that you have been experiencing a difficult time with your skin. I know what it's like to have problematic skin. This reason and many others motivated my dedication to my skin care career. Have you ever tried to calm and soothe your skin with cool products? You could try an aloe masque mixed with a drop of lavender essential oil. Place some cool gauze or paper towel over your face and rub ice over the compress for a few minutes. This is an excellent cooling treatment. You should try to avoid extreme heat and cold, because it will most likely only sensitize your skin evenmore. Limiting exposure to UV rays is also critical. So be sure to keep your skin well protected with sunscreen, for you I would recommend at least SPF 30. I also believe you may be overexfoliating, which will not only cause premature aging, but can also cause couperose, which is visibly dilted and broken cappilaries under the surface of the skin. This can also cause the skin to look red and persistently flushed. You are doing the right thing though by consulting with a medical professional. I hope your visit will be enlightening and most of all productive.

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Well, it's very hard to limit UV exposure, they're all around us. I usually exfoliate once a week. Shouldn't you exfoliate with rosacea? Premature ageing? Exfoliating makes my skin feel nice and smooth hehe.

Is thinning hair a symptom of rosacea, too?

Finally, is there hope of rosacea just disappearing and your skin isn't red any more?

Oh, is it OK to use fake tan to cover the redness?

Right now, my skin just feels warm but hardly any redness at all, well I can't see any. I'm hoping it might not be rosacea but not holding my breath. And if it is, then I don't know where I get it from because my mum has normal skin and my dad doesn't have it. Must be an ancestor.
 

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When I said that you should limit UV exposure, I mean try not to lay out in the sun tanning, and absolutely no fake baking. Try to enjoy your sports, jogging, and other outdoor activities outside of the peak sunshine hours (10am-4pm). Also wear clothing that covers your skin. And always,always, always use sunscreen. Preferably something that is formulated especially for sensitive skin, and won't clog your pores.

Yes, you should exfoliate your skin. It's very important to keep in mind the active ingredients in your exfoliant and in your skin care products in general, and the frequency of it. I think you should give your skin a rest from exfoliation for at least 2 weeks, and see if it's less irritated. I know, we all love that baby soft skin, but overexfoliation is NO JOKE! If you beat your skin up now, although seeking skin perfection may not seem like such, the results will not necessarily be apparent today or tomorrow, but it will in the long run. Also try that cooling and calming treatment, I think it may help. Let me know how it works for you.

Rosacea is a chronic disease that is usually found in adults. Sufferers are subject to "flare ups" and there skin's condition usually gets worse over time. There have been instances were rosacea has gone away, but it usually does not. Let's just hope that you don't have it. Although I havn't seen your skin, from what you've described it sounds as though you may just have sensitive skin which can appear worse in fair-skined individuals, accompanied by a bit of hormonal breakouts.

I recommend seeing a professional that can take a good look at your skin and customize a treatment and home care plan for you. If in fact you do have rosacea, products they suggest will probably include gentle enzymes, and/or Salicylci Acid which when used correctly is preferred for rosacea because of it's benefits which include: exfoliating (helps keep pores clean), anti-inflammatory (helps calm redness), and antiseptic (helps treat any bacterial blemishes). pores.

Depending on the ingredients in your self-tanner it may or may not be okay to use.
And I've never heard of thinning hair being associated with rosacea, doesn't mean that it couldn't happen though.

I hope this info helps, feel free to ask me as many questions as you need pertaining to your skin.

Peace
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hi,

sorry for another question, but just lately I've been noticing these lines in my cheeks. I thought they may be acne scars, but they can't be since I haven't had acne there and I take care of my skin. You know when you sleep and sometimes you wake up with those lines, but they disappear quickly after getting up, well they're kinda like them except these won't disappear. I've not got a clue what these lines are. Are they temporary teen thing? would appreciate some info.
 

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hi,

sorry for another question, but just lately I've been noticing these lines in my cheeks. I thought they may be acne scars, but they can't be since I haven't had acne there and I take care of my skin. You know when you sleep and sometimes you wake up with those lines, but they disappear quickly after getting up, well they're kinda like them except these won't disappear. I've not got a clue what these lines are. Are they temporary teen thing? would appreciate some info.
Mark -- you need a doctor's assessment -- although from my experience you may not get the right answers.

Check out the Mayo Clinic site on the internet re rosacea, also there are other sites that address rosacea -- many with descriptions of symtoms as well as pictures.

Skin conditions are difficult to pinpoint --- you may just have an allergy. If you do have rosacea -- it can disappear and come back again. I just purchased a trial kit of rosacea products from the Derm store. I tried the calming cream and was pleased with the results.

Do some research yourself before you go to a doctor -- you will be able to talk and understand more about the condition. Good luck.
 

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Yes, I know that but I'm trying to find as much info as possible, as my doctor is a complete idiot and always says "it's nothing" when I see him about anything.

I don't think it's rosacea. I'm just worried about these permanent lines on my cheeks. I've researched but cannot find anything. I also have visible veins under my eyes and one on the bridge of my nose. Will these go away does anyone know?
 

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Hi Mark!
Is the skin under your eyes thin? Is that why you can easily see the veins? Are you saying that they are like spider veins or are they larger and bulging?

Maybe the "permanent lines" on your cheeks are just from sleeping on your side or stomach. Have you tried sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees for comfort? It isn't easy to retrain yourself to do this, but it really helps your face!



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hi again

the veins under the eyes are improving as I've been trying to thicken the skin under the eyes by stimulating my skin to produce more collagen and elastin. To answer your question, no, they aren't bulging.

I doubt the lines are from sleeping on my side. I mean, that wouldn't make permanent lines that never go away. I have no idea what they are but it's depressing.

Anyway, does anyone know why my nose and forehead have gone from oily to dry? I never thought that was possible during puberty. Is it rosacea spreading? My cheeks are still red. but it's not just a bit of me cheeks, it's all of my cheeks that is dry. I believe I have dust mites in my room, is there a possibility they can cause dry red skin? I mean, I'm moisturising but I can still feel the dryness after a while. Not as bad, but I can feel it a little. Help appreciated.
 

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Anyone???

The lines on my face are still there. I can't explain them. It's like someones dug a scalpel in my skin and took little pieces of skin off leaving these dents/lines.


And my forehead is going wrong now. It's gone from oily to dry and feels rough/scaly when I touch it. What's happening?!?!?!?

I just don't think this is rosacea. Lately, my whole body has felt really hot. I touch my skin and it just feels hot, esp. on my face. Thankfully, it's a lot better today and feels cool -- but I dont understand what is happening. Skin diseases change your appearance and I hate it. I can't live like this!
 
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