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Hi everyone, Yes Rosacea is a cruel joke. I just figured I would have a porclean face when I reached my forties and look beautiful. Oh no, my face was constantly 'red'. I tried everything. Then I was looking through a magazine one day and there was my face (on someone else). I was shocked, I had exactly what was on her face. I was mad and depressed at the same time.

Well, off the the dermatologist, and topical creams etc. Now, I'm on medication and if I forget to take it I break out.

The interesting part is what you eat also affects your skin. No yogurt, I love yogurt. Not anymore though. Coffee, well I won't give that up. I have one in the morning with my breakfast and I'm happy. Hot spices is another issue.

Make up does a great job of covering up Rosacea thank goodness.
 

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My skin has been crazy for the last 10 years and I couldn't work out why... I'm 37 and have had a lot of stress for the last 10 years, which just happened to coincide with marriage and a child...

But finally I've been diagnosed with Rosacea, and I'm relieved in some ways and angry in other ways... Relieved because my doc has told me that now we can treat it more effectively (and I'm also seeing a chinese herbalist to help it out from the inside). And angry because I inherited a lot of stress from my husband (and his nasty family), who has at least agreed to help reducing my stress levels and to be more supportive... if that doesn't work I may have to get rid of him altogether to see if that helps!
 

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My skin has been crazy for the last 10 years and I couldn't work out why... I'm 37 and have had a lot of stress for the last 10 years, which just happened to coincide with marriage and a child...

But finally I've been diagnosed with Rosacea, and I'm relieved in some ways and angry in other ways... Relieved because my doc has told me that now we can treat it more effectively (and I'm also seeing a chinese herbalist to help it out from the inside). And angry because I inherited a lot of stress from my husband (and his nasty family), who has at least agreed to help reducing my stress levels and to be more supportive... if that doesn't work I may have to get rid of him altogether to see if that helps!
did your stress cause the Rosacea?
 

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Yes!!! And it is a known trigger...

Especially emotional stress, which is obviously different to say, work stress, etc, cos you can leave work stress at work if you know the right techniques, but emotional stress kinda follows you around cos its closer to home...

I'm thinking about learning EFT to try and prevent outbreaks - I've had Pranic healing sessions in the past which were great for healing and treating outbreaks... (google EFT and Pranic Healing if you're not sure what they are
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kitty, I can understand your frustration. I've found that when my stress levels increase, my health suffers. Have you tried finding a stress relief activity? For me, a daily morning walk does wonders and helps me relieve my stress and relax my mind.
 

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Hi Martha!
I'd love to have time for a morning walk, but alas trying to find time before getting my girl to school and trying to cover my face doesnt leave me much time...

I used to be an exercise addict, but in recent years it has just made it worse...


I like to meditate when I can... this helps...


But for me the breakouts are directly related to my relationship with my husband... and not so easy for me to leave, cos I have nowhere to go (lack of family and support network) and all of our finances are tied up in our business, so I don't have independent finances to leave...

Sorry if I'm seeming to be playing the blame game, but it's a long story... hubby has unresolved childhood issues and he needs therapy - which he has been reluctant to do as he fears his issues and behaviour will only worsen initially, and from my knowledge and discussions with our family doctor it will...

I've helped him constantly for the 10 years and so have invested a lot, but I'm exhausted from it, so I think my skin is completely over it - it's time to take care of me for a while... I've been his 'mom' for long enough, it's time for him to get his own help...

At the moment my goal is to get my skin as healthy as possible so that I can return to the paid workforce and get a 'real job' - but I'd love to have my skin better first as I have little to no self-esteem left and the thought of interviewing like this just stresses me...

Sorry to dump my life story here!
 

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Hi Martha!
I'd love to have time for a morning walk, but alas trying to find time before getting my girl to school and trying to cover my face doesnt leave me much time...

I used to be an exercise addict, but in recent years it has just made it worse...


I like to meditate when I can... this helps...


But for me the breakouts are directly related to my relationship with my husband... and not so easy for me to leave, cos I have nowhere to go (lack of family and support network) and all of our finances are tied up in our business, so I don't have independent finances to leave...

Sorry if I'm seeming to be playing the blame game, but it's a long story... hubby has unresolved childhood issues and he needs therapy - which he has been reluctant to do as he fears his issues and behaviour will only worsen initially, and from my knowledge and discussions with our family doctor it will...

I've helped him constantly for the 10 years and so have invested a lot, but I'm exhausted from it, so I think my skin is completely over it - it's time to take care of me for a while... I've been his 'mom' for long enough, it's time for him to get his own help...

At the moment my goal is to get my skin as healthy as possible so that I can return to the paid workforce and get a 'real job' - but I'd love to have my skin better first as I have little to no self-esteem left and the thought of interviewing like this just stresses me...

Sorry to dump my life story here!
If you guys separate, don't you automatically get half of his assets including half ownership of the business?
 

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If you guys separate, don't you automatically get half of his assets including half ownership of the business?
This is true, but in our case it's very complicated - we have invested a lot and are just trying to break thru the surface - trying to turn things around so that we are making more profit rather than just breaking even...

So at the moment, half of nothing is well, nothing...
 

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Kitty, do you have any kids?
 

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Rishi...i have read a couple of your threads and feel for you in your situation. I would like to make the comment the although it is true that your husband may feel worse as he starts to deal with his childhood issues...unless he is willing to do this...they will always be there. It may not be easy for some time but it is never easy living with emotional baggage either...your own or someone elses, especially someone close to you, as im sure you are aware. He needs to see a professional so that one day he can become whole and free...maybe not completely but a whole lot more so. I know several males in my own life who are taking steps to deal with their issues..both close to me...and it has helped them.
 

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kellisy were you talking about Kitty? I think Rishi was just quoting her in his post. All that stuff in the white box is a quote.

I made that same mistake when I first started posting on forums. But you'll the hang of it!
 

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Hi everyone, Yes Rosacea is a cruel joke. I just figured I would have a porclean face when I reached my forties and look beautiful. Oh no, my face was constantly 'red'. I tried everything. Then I was looking through a magazine one day and there was my face (on someone else). I was shocked, I had exactly what was on her face. I was mad and depressed at the same time.

Well, off the the dermatologist, and topical creams etc. Now, I'm on medication and if I forget to take it I break out.

The interesting part is what you eat also affects your skin. No yogurt, I love yogurt. Not anymore though. Coffee, well I won't give that up. I have one in the morning with my breakfast and I'm happy. Hot spices is another issue.

Make up does a great job of covering up Rosacea thank goodness.
I agree totally with you. Great job we have makeups to cover up!
 

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Hi Kitty,
I totally feel your pain as I am in a very similar situation. I hope things work out for your relationship as the stress can make you physically ill. Not only do I have Rosacea, I have serious digestive system issues related to my relationship... I really don't have a support system either with regards to family and friends because my husband works very hard to make everyone think he is "the perfect man"......if only he worked half as hard at our relationship!
 

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Hi,

Just thought I would share my experience with you all. I have had a constant redness on both my cheeks and chin too. I only realised last year that I am suffering from rosacea. I was very depressed from my early teens coz every one would tease me about my rosy cheeks. I absolutely hated it. Since I started using vitamin c serum, the redness has reduced considerably. I dunno the reason for this but this has greatly even my skin tone and I don't need to wear heavy make-ups and sometimes no make-up at all to cover my redness as they are not noticeable now.

Hope this iinformation will help you in some way.

Gud luck
 

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Rosacea can be a real beeitch.. Hopefully this will help a little.

Minimizing Flareups;

Steer clear of rubbing, scrubbing or massaging the face, which can irritate the skin. Gently apply all soaps, moisturizers, sunscreens and other products.

Avoid hot drinks, spicy foods and alcoholic beverages.

Protect your skin from the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and wear protective clothing: long-sleeve shirts, long pants and a wide-brimmed hat.

Try not to become overheated. Avoid hot baths and showers. Try to exercise where it is cool.

Be sure to protect your skin from extreme cold, which can irritate the skin and cause a flare-up.

Do not use cosmetics, soaps, moisturizers and other facial products that might contain ingredients, such as alcohol and fragrances, which irritate the skin.

Be careful not to get hair spray on your face.

Topical Medications That May Be Prescribed;

Azelaic acid

Metronidazole

Retinoid (A topical retinoid also can help heal the skin.)

Sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur lotions

Benzoyle Peroxide

Classic Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

Flushing of Face/Neck

Dry Facial Skin

Pimples (people with rosacea have visible small blood vessels and their pimples, some containing pus, appear as small, red bumps.

Red Lines (Telangiectasia) which appear when they flush. This is due to small blood vessels of the face becoming enlarged and showing through the skin. These red lines usually appear on the cheeks

Facial Burning, Stinging or Itching

Good Things To Use On Your Skin;

Avocado oil
Avocado oil consists of approximately 85 percent unsaturated fatty acid glycerides, including oleic acid (65%) and linoleic acid glycerides (6-10%). Vitamins A, C and E, squalenes and lecithin are other components. Avocado oil spreads well and is easily absorbed into the skin where it supports the natural barrier function.

Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is a great alternative treatment to lotions and creams for keeping skin healthy and hydrated. Rosehip Oil has amazing anti-aging, antioxidant and skin-softening properties that can help any skin type and is good for skin of all ages. Rosehip oil can be used by itself or added to other creams or serums. It consists of about 80% fatty acids which will plump and hydrate the skin, and help repair damaged cells. It has abundant vitamin C also.

MSM Supplement;
I'm thinking that this supplement could be beneficial to Rosacea sufferers because sulpha, in general, is a good anti-inflammatory agent.. (I've even used a capsule or two of Opti-MSM in some DIY...Only this one will due, because it's pure with NO fillers. Dissolve in distilled water first).. Avoid though, if you deal with facial hair ..

Of course your Derm will advise you on the best treatment for each unique case.. Please do not try to self diagnose "Rosacea".....Things aren't always what they seem..

Hope that helps!
 

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There are a lot of known factors that contribute to Rosacea but it is also hereditary. My dad and his side of the family had it, I have it and so does my older sister and some of my brothers.
I use a topical remedy that my Dermatologist prescribed Azelaic acid / Metronidazole / Sulfate in a certain percentage and I have had a lot of laser treatments to get rid of the little broken capillaries and redness on my face. (VERY EXPENSIVE)
I still have it and just take care of my face. the sun is the absolute worse thing for your skin, and I keep it covered always with a SPF of 45 or higher. I do use Minerals, Jane Iredale & Colorescience which also has good SPF in them.
Stress, certain foods, hereditary, yup that pretty much covers it, doesn't it!
I do have to say though I get compliments on my skin all the time, probably because I do take care of it so well.
 
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