Hi, Im having a lot of depression due to my skin.... And need help in determining whether it IS rosacea because i cant see a derm for a few months, and its getting to the point where icant leave the house. People keep telling m theres nothing wrong with my skn... they an maybe see a few pimples, but i can definitely see a redness across my nose and cheeks which is like sunburn, and worsens in certain situations... if it IS the beginnings of rosacea i know i should start treating it straight away. I can hide it with make up now but not forever. I know no one can see my skin and make a definite diagnosis but maybe some input would help
Here are some symptoms and background info
I am 22 , i have a history of bad acne. When i was 16 i was put on accutane, which left my skin in good condition... until it came back 4 years later.
I was still prone to flushing all of my adolescent life, to the pointof embarrassment, but assumed it to do with ALLERGIES,
such as dust and animals.... it wouldoften happen when i was exposedto these triggers. I have always had allergies, as well as asthma and as a child eczemA. I am hoping that my skin problems now are more to do with allergies or sensitive skin than Rosacea.
Just last year, my acne got worse and i was put on accutane again, but stopped taking it halfway through treatment, because i was PARANOID it would damage my skin by drying it out too much, and making the redness (which had bee getting worse) even more prominent.
I told the derm this and he said that the redness, was a for m of dermatitis, he als noticed scaliness, heaps of enlarged pores and black heads o my nose and dandruff in my hair and he prescribed some ELIDEL (Primec ...something not sure scientific name) to use on my face. I think he decided it was Seborrheic dermatitis. it didnt help.
Ive been more upset lately because although my pimples are slowly clearing i have noticed the redness (on my nose, and a little on my cheeks,) getting a lot worse. I still have many blackheads in this area. It is not so severe that i cant hide it with make up, i also dont have RED lumps... rather normal pimples but not many. On my nose i have tiny tiny white bumps. But im not sure what the LUMPS look like that define rosacia. The reason why im worrid its rosacea is that
i have a fw tiny broken blood vessels, which could not have anything to do with dermatitis, and the redness is not just confined to my nose, sometimes it spreads to my cheek bones and i can feel it when its starting to happen.
WHen it happens and i look in the mirror i notice the surface is becoming quite oily. It has usually quite a bit less inflamed when i wak up in the morning.
I guess what imasking is, Are there conditions of red skin inflamation, or allergies with the same triggers (eg cold air, hot air certain foods) as rosacea.... and is seborrheic one of them? i get confused by the two. I know i have been diagnosed with seb but i feel the symptoms are veryvery close to rosacea. My redness upses me a lot and i am very self conscious because i dont kow when its going to happen. It stays slightly red all the time but becomesincreibly prominent often after eating, in extreme temperatures, when m stressed. But these are trigger s for all skin conditions not just rosacea right?
Would love some help.... i know no one can know for sure.
small broken capillaries on nose and tiny on cheeks. (not very many though, have had them for a few years)