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    Hi, Im currently waiting to see a dermatologist for what my doctor thinks is an allergic reaction. Blood tests have shown my antibodies are high. I have mild Rosacea and at the moment have awful sore spots on my cheeks and jaw. I am using Metrogel for it. I am wondering if my red chest and neck could be Rosacea too?? It comes and goes, can be all red or blotchy but never truely goes and feels like Im burning inside but not all the time. It is sensitive to the sun and first started about 7 weeks ago on my holidays and hasnt gone away, I have not been in the sun since. I did think at first it could be a reaction to Omezaprole or fake tan as it started soon after taking/using them so I stopped taking the tablets and havent fake tanned since. Antihistamines dont work. It is really getting me down as I just want to know what it is. Any advice would be great. Many thanks.





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    Rosacea?Adults Acne? Chrones Disease? I dont know? Neither do the doctors?? I am 27. In my early twenties 21/22 I started to get really bad and red rashy skin, especially around my mouth, nose and cheeks only and nowhere else on my body I first tried the cosmetic side of things using lazers and creams, which made no improvement. Second, I went to my GP and was referred to a dermatologist who has put me on medications and creams and diagnosed me with Rosacea. The dermatologist also tried putting me on a pill which made no difference. I was refered by my dermatologist to a dentist to remove my fillings as they suspected this could cause my skin condition, they also suspected things like toothpaste etc... however this has made no improvement on my skin. Third, I have since then been diagnosed with Chrones Disease. My Gastroentologist specialist has prescribed me with medication to control this. I have removed dairy and wheat and yeast from my diet as i was told high fibre foods can aggravate my chrones. None of the above seems to have helped or improved my skin condition and i really am at my wits end at this stage and cant see a solution and nobody above seems to know how to help me. Can you help me please????





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    Hey i am 39 years old and i have been told i suffer from acne rosacea as i have redness on the forehead nose and cheeks and bad spots. I am really embarassed and frustrated with the way i look and dont know what to do to solve the problem what can i do? please help me.





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    hi,veronica ive had rosacea,for a few years now sadly theres no cure.but some things can help,use amild cleanser,not soap,use high factor sun cream on your face,see your gp for a azelaic cream.the nhs are not very good with this condition.try,dr,newmansclinicco.uk.thats were i go.good luck.

    There is no cure, the best thing i have found is taking anti-biotics for an extended amout of time amd have found that stress also strongly affects my rosacea along with sunshine. You need to visit the gp who will try you on anti-biotics most likely, hope this helps

    i have rosacea wichh skin product will be suitable for me as i have a very sensitive skin can you please help me





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    yes the avene range is very good. You have intollerant skin which is worse. Use ultrasun factor 50 everyday, it protects against wind, rain, cold and sun

    i suffer really badly with what i think is rosacea i go really really red even when im not embarrassed, it really gets me down, in my last relationship i bumped into my boyfriend in town and i'd been with him for a year and a half but i went bright red even though i wasnt embarrassed what can i do? should i speak to my GP?





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    i suffer really badly with what i think is rosacea i go really really red even when im not embarrassed, it really gets me down, in my last relationship i bumped into my boyfriend in town and i'd been with him for a year and a half but i went bright red even though i wasnt embarrassed what can i do? should i speak to my GP?





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    Hello, I'm 16 and I was born with really bad rosacea on my face and my eyebrows didn't develop properly so basically I don't have any, just a few eyebrow hairs that are too light too see, I'm at the time in my life where I want to look good and constantly being concioius that I don't look anything like anyone else, it puts a constant strain on me and having to always put make up on to hide it it physically and mentally tiring! Is there anything I can do?





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    I have had a bad flare up of excema on my face due to emotional stress earlier in the year and cant seem to be able to shift it. I use 1% hydrocortisone cream which makes it more red but then eventually goes. Can anyone suggest what else I can use? I have also been suffering with hot flushes and wonder if it has anything to do with my hormones? I am 48... Also as it is on my cheeks, chin, inbetween my mouth and nose, eyes and forehead, I wonder if it may be rosacea and not excema?





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    I suffered with excema for various years and nothing was working for me to cure it. I decided cream or spray wasn't the thing so every time an itch came up I would slap the area of skin, since then now my excema has completely healed with no creams or spray's just give it a big slap. Also staying out in the sun with the infected area on show does help.

    I've had sevier Excema since I was 2 I have grown with it I have tried all Creams including tablets medication and much More I kno sometimes it might sting in sea water Or chemicals but sea water is the best aswell As sun which also helps serisis There is also these bandages rapped in this Kind of paste u can get from pharmasisy

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    my face mainly my cheeks are always bright red, some days are better than others. i live in Scotland and when it is sunny most Scots are like yaay sun and i'm just like oh god because it makes my face even more red. Also i am normally cold which i don't mind but my face is ALWAYS hot, it's uncomfortable ! do you think i have that condition called rosacea, i am only 15 and it is normally in adults but i think i may have it. i don't have like the spots and things it talks about just the redness but i may just be in the early stages. thanks, natalie x :)





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    heyy, ive had the same problem as you for like 2 years, since i was about 14 so you're not the only one to get it young. my face is constantly red and it always gets worse when i'm outside in the weather. i recently walked past this skin convention thing in my local shopping centre, and asked for help and they said it was rosacea. All you can really do is use foundation with high coverage and try to accept it.. hopefully we'll both grow out of it! hope this helped a bit :)

    Hi, dont worry, ur not alone, I have it too, im 22, and just by chance, i met some fit girl in a club who seemed to have it too, so without talking about it, we both had something in common and turns out we got on really well! if you dont ever get rid of it, (i still havent) im sure u will find ways of dealing with it (like clinique red relief cream) and dont let it get u down too much!

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    hi i have severe rosacea acne and have used skinerin for the last 2 years and lymacicline for 2 years and i asked to be referred to a dermatologist and was refused by my gp. my acne is terrible and getting worse and getting depressed. i have recently read an article where a lady used ktp laser and pdt laser which helped. please please please help as somedays i call into work sick just to hide away.





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    If you doctor has refused to refer you I would first ask the reasons for the refusal. If the answer isnt satisfactory you can always ask to see a different doctor. I have had to see a different doctor for various things on many occasions and your regular doctor really shouldnt mind (they are a professional after all!). My acne didnt clear up until I was referred to a dermatologist at the local hospital and prescribed a treatment which used UV light.

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    Rosacea can be controlled by medication, I am currently taking clonidine which has helped tremendously with my vascular rosacea. There are lots of medications that can be used to treat this condition and get it under control Please Visit this forum www.rosaceagroup.org . Its a place for rosacea sufferesr, and has lots of helpful information.





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    Its hard to diagnose because it probably not Rosacea, every pharmacie I have been to has said its not Rosacea, Most pharmacies don't actually have a clue what it could be. I actually agree. Its something to do with blood vessels close to skin. Does any one know if you can cauterize blood vessels in that area. I know about Nasal cauterize to prevent noise bleeds. Could possible very dangerous.

    i think you should read this : http://www.reverta.com/blog/rosacea/digestive-problems-associated-with-rosacea/

    I am 15 and have rosacea. I was really sad when my doctor said I had rosacea, because I was a very outgoing guy and loved to be the center of attention, but now I want to hide away from that because of it and I feel that it has changed my life. If anyone has any experience of laser treatment please let me know, becasue I am thinking about it.





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    I have very bad rosacea and rosacea achne I am now on long term antibiotics which work but what happens when I stop taking them? I cant even wash my face with water as it gets very sore and extra red. I am unable to wear make up as my skin is so dry. I am 35 now and they say it gets worse with age.





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    Hi, I also suffer from rosacea. What I have found that helps me keep it at bay. Is drinking nettle tea 3-4 times a day, it tastes better with a little honey if you not keen on how it tastes, this helps with our blushing. Also there is a cream called freederm, which helps us clean our face morning and night. Since I have been trying this, I now find I am able to live a happiler life. Hope this helps you

    hi im 34 and i have rosacea too its actualy quite flared up at the momment i have had a month supply of the antibiotic tablets and i have tryed the gel vream stuff but since i havent took the tabs its come back but im trying for another baby and with these tablets ur not aloud to get preggnant so there must be another solution surely

    hi there i have rosacea and have tried everything and spent thousands....laser traetment is not a successful treatment i have found a treatment that has changed my life and urge people with rosacea not blushing! to try vitamin b5 powdered form i take between 3-5000 mg a day and my face is no longer red!!! £10 a tub and its the best thing i discovered





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    Try Essential care - on web -all organic creams and soil association approved. def helps.I will try your recommendation though.thanks

    I'm 30 yrs old and sspecialisthas told me my dopamime levels are high and i have had a flushed face and neck for 3 months now. Have had scans as he suspects a small tumor but nothing has come up so now i go back in 6 months for more scans. I have asked him if I could have rosacea but he says no. Everything i have read up on points to rosacea.





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    I'm 30 yrs old and sspecialisthas told me my dopamime levels are high and i have had a flushed face and neck for 3 months now. Have had scans as he suspects a small tumor but nothing has come up so now i go back in 6 months for more scans. I have asked him if I could have rosacea but he says no. Everything i have read up on points to rosacea.





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    If your face is constantly red that sounds more like rosacea than typical acne. Of course, I can't see you but your description would correspond with this condition (the red face). Please go to your GP to get some treatment (for either acne or rosacea).

    Rosacea signals a problem with digestion believe it or not. There is a bacteria that develops in the stomach/intestines when under long term stress (or with aging) when the stomach is not producing enough stomach acid to properly diest your food. You probably have brittle fingernails and possibly indigestion or gas or bloating as well. Also broken capillaries on your face or the whites of your eyes. I am a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, primarily after what I went through getting to the cause and "cure" of rosacea twenty years ago. You need supplemental HCL with Pepsin, digestive enzymes, and probiotics to aid your digestion and some things to heal your gut. I promise you, you can get dramatically better, and even get rid of the rosacea, as I have by healing your digestive system. I can go into further detail if you contact me. Please know you can do this and you will feel better!

    Its hard to diagnose because it probably not Rosacea, every pharmacie I have been to has said its not Rosacea, Most pharmacies don't actually have a clue what it could be. I actually agree. Its something to do with blood vessels close to skin. Does any one know if you can cauterize blood vessels in that area. I know about Nasal cauterize to prevent noise bleeds. Could possible very dangerous.

    Facial flushing or redness alone is not indicative of rosacea. I don't believe for a second that rosacea is anywhere near as common as they make out. flushing is a very normal mechanism and facial redness can have many causes. One thing I would like to say though is UV damage weakens the skin and breaks blood vessels commonly causing facial redness.





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    I was diagnosed with Rosacea early this year after years of wondering why I was suffering with painful red cheeks, nose and forehead. Unfortunately I can't take the antibiotics that could work due to an allergy and the gels have not worked. People comment that i look like a clown and wonder why I get upset. I have given up foods, alcohol, chocolate to see if this could help - so far not. I have found that even having a wash in just water increases the redness. My doctor just says unfortunately there is no cure and I will have to put up with it. It is so upsetting and depressing. I have ordered some rosacea creams off a website (trial ones) to see if they work.





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    Hello Amanda, I may relate to how you feel. I also suffer from rosacea, I always remember a time I had it really bad. I went to go out shopping, only this old lady came upto me, saying ah you poor thing have you been in a car crash!! as my face looked so bad. I just walked away and went home crying, thinking what a mean thing to say! Since then I have been experimenting with many different things in life, changing my diet, no longer drinking alcohol, I not eat tomatoes, beef, citrus friuts of any sort, and I have cut down on eatting dairy products. I also make sure I drink plenty of nettle tea, mixed with a little honey as does not always taste so nice alone. This helps with our blushing butterfly affects. As for washing our faces, I find best cream for me is a cream called freederm. It is a little expensive, though use it regularly enough I find it really helps keep rosacea at bay. Hope this helps you also, as most creams I have personally tried I only got an allergic reaction, though they say they ment for acne!!

    i have rosacea also i am 35 years old i cant take the antibiotics either i tried a few creams and microgel but nothing worked i am so very depressed because i also have myotonic dystrophy(a form of muscular dystrophy)i cant drink nettle tea so if anybody could suggest anything i would b very thankful i have found vitamin e cream helps with the soreness and lush soaps seem to help it

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    Hello, I have rosacea and I have to say I strongly feel that just by adopting new lifestyle changes, rosacea can be kept at bay. For me stress is the biggest trigger for the flushing and burning I experience. Doctors are often of no use for this condition and treatments of antibiotics tend to do more harm than good in the long run. The most helpful way to approach this problem I feel is through traditional chinese approach. And I would love to urge any of you suffering in the same way to reflect on your lifestyle. I personally feel rosacea is exaserbated very strongly by modern day living, our lives are now so fast and furious and stress seems to be a central point of all of our lives even unnessicarily so. and anyone with celtic skin should just stay well out of the sun! sun damage is a certain trigger which cannot be reversed. Good luck to you all. I would love to hear if anyone has any luck in the approach I mentioned.





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    Hi all, I know how you are all feeling. I have a scar on each cheek which didn't used to be to noticeable. Since I have been diagnosed with rosacea I have noticed them flare up with my cheeks. I find to calm it down for the next day I have to shower at night, using simple moisteriser soap and gel face wash. Once ive had a shower I use Aveeno which is an excellent moisteriser that helps calm it abit. Confidence is a big part of my job as im meeting and greeting people everyday. All I will say is I know how depressing you can all feel as I have been there before. I find that being confident and not stressing over things like work and how I look helps alot. Take each day as it comes and it seems better. Stress is a big contribution to rosacea and thinking about how you look. I have to use makeup to make up my scars because they are red red, not pink but red. I also have a large blood vessel that has appeared to the surface on one cheek and that is noticeable with the rosacea and yes it is upsetting but it cannot stop you living! If anyone does come up with a cure besides laser then please contact us all and share with us, I hope some of this information has helped people out there. Thank you.





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    Hi there, I suffer from Rosacea. During the summer when it's warm it can be very obvious hot and sore. I also have the pimples which is what makes it sore. I've been to the doctor and the last time he prescribed antibiotics and I had to take these for 3mths. It did calm things down but I really don't want to have to take antiobiotics again for 3mths. The side effects are not nice. I avoid all the foods which trigger the rosacea, i can't avoid exercise and i know this doesn't help but this is a catch 22. I'm very careful of the cosmetics I use. Can you suggest anything else to help calm my poor face down, it's so hot and embarrasing. Many thanks. S





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    Hi. I too suffer from Rosacea. I am 26, and have been suffering from it for the past 10 years or more. I have been on antibiotics in the past and have used the prescribed creams/gels. I now have a hospital appt to look into laser treatment. My rosacea really affects my life. I wear cover-up make up every day of my life. I won't leave the house, or even answer the door unless I have it on. I can't go swimming, I can't join sports teams, and I often have comments that I wear too much make up and should take it off. It has been a nightmare and my confidence has hit rock bottom...i'm hoping the hospital can help.....





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    I started to suffer from rosacea following a 2nd attack of SHINGLES. Nasty. That was a year ago, and the rosacea has now spread to my entire face. I'm even getting itching, redness & pustules round my eyes. My dermatologists have prescribed various different antibiotics which don't work & make me vomit plus various lotions, creams etc. that don't seem to make a difference either. I can't go out without makeup & even with it I look terrible. I've changed all my cleansers, moisturisers etc. to Roche-Posay - a soothing French brand. Ask your chemist to stock it for you! Still, my self-confidence has crashed through the floor: I dread getting a boyfriend, can't use the gym etc. etc. I'm just about to have a biopsy which may not tell the dermatologist anything & leave me with a scar. Help!!!! If anyone can tell me about LASER TREATMENT I'd be SOOOO grateful! thanks!





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    hi , just to let u know i understand how u feel ,,, i have suffered rosacea for 6 years , i recently had treatment called IPL through a private clinic , i needed 5 treatments and it totally cleared , i have to go back once or twice a year for an extra treatment but it is totally worth it , i have now started to get back my confidence and even my 6 year old has commented on how i haven't got a red face any more ,,, it wasn't a quick painless or cheap treatment but totally worth it . hope this info helps

    Hi, i am a 17 year old male, i have rosacea and its pretty bad. iv had it for around a year and a half now and its been getting worser ever since. iv been to my gp and all i get given is metro gel and loads of different anti biotics to try over a certain period of time. i only have rosacea on my nose, no were esle the rest of my skin is almost perfect but my nose is horrid, spots, really red, scabby at times. i cant really do anything ever since. i stopped going out as i was too embarrased, i cant have a proper convo with somone face to face as i get nervouse of what they think of my nose. most of the times i just avoid being seen. im on my last week of antibiotics then iv got to go back to my gp, this time we will be discussing if a referral could be made to a dermatologist. anyone know what kinds of treatments you can get of the nhs?





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    Hi, I am also suffering from Rosacae. I am dutch and in the Netherlands many people with rosacae follow a strict diet that seems to work for most. It is very difficult to keep to the diet though. It includes: taking lysine (1000mg), omega3 and zinc. Then have a lysine high diet (search on the internet). Avoid, alcahol, sugar, including fruits, cow milk products and limit the amount of carbohydrates. If you take carbohydrates, try to take oats, quinoa and wholemeal products. Thus a diet of a lot of fish, vegetabels and chicken. Also try to avoid too much meat (especially from the pig, chicken is ok). After a month you should notice the difference. You can also start trying out whether some of the products do not aggravate your rosacae (for example, not all are sensitive to milk products). I think you cannot keep to this diet without the help of your friends and family. They need to know you problem. Don´t be embarrassed and tell everyone. That helped me. Good luck!

    I have had Rosacea for a few years now. I went to see a Doctor and she gave me antibiotics, shampoo etc (which I don't take anymore) and told me to wash with Cidal soap twice a day. My girlfriend first thought it was my blood pressure, but that's under control with Nifedipine and Losartan but still Rosacea is with me for good and I have to pay to use SunSense Ultra 50 sun lotion, Originally I had it free but the Doctor said it was the cuts. I do get depressed about the acne and the scarring, at the moment it's ok but will come back to make my face worse. I shave using foam for sensitive skin, but I don't think this can cause anything. Cidal soap can be good but I have been told different things over the years. I was told to use Aqueous cream for dry skin as this is ok for my face, sometime ago I was told to use it instead of Cidal soap. I went back to see another Doctor and she said NO go back to the soap. I naturally get embarassed and depressed and will be for good. I personally don't think the Doctors have been interested in my condition, as one especially told me not to worry, and I will be ok. This is stupid advice in my opinion. I honestly drink alcohol in moderation and maybe have a takeaway once a week. But I have had many healthy foods but there is till Rosacea.





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    I'm 34 and have rosacea and dermititas, my rosacea developed around the age of 25 and has steadily got worse. Everything seems to trigger it and at times I am constantly a angry red. It is very depressing. This desease is the perfect desease. Its incurable, its on your face, everything triggers it and it rarely if ever clears up completely. I have tried changing diet, givin up drink, stayin calm, wearing factor 20 and laser treatment and taking Anti biotics. Of them all the laser treatment was the best and the anti biotic (tetracycle) was the best to get rid of the big spots that you can get. I really wouldnt wish it on anyone. Its a shame as I was lookin forward to seeing how I'd age but now I'm too embarrassed half the time to go out. Its a cruel joke.





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