Can my facial redness be controlled??

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Can my facial redness be controlled??

Postby Christina » Tue May 28, 2013 12:30 pm

Hello everyone,
I am 15 years old and have had red cheeks all my life but in the last year or so the redness has become permanent. I have been seeing a dermatologist for about 6 months and they have tried many steroid creams, most of which I think have made it worse. I just finished a 3 month trial of rosex which showed a slight improvement but didn't really seem to help the redness. I went back and the dermatologist said that he doesn't think any type of cream will help me and I shouldn't use any medical cream on my face. He said my only option is laser treatment which is expensive and I'm not sure if it's the right thing to do. I was shocked because I thought from my research on the internet that creams like finacea could calm the redness and that antibiotics could be prescribed but the dermatologist didn't mention these and seemed to be guessing what to give me. This condition has caused me a lot of distress and I don't understand why I have it so severely at such a young age. Appprently most of my redness is blood vessels which is why he thinks creams will not help. But I was wondering does anyone think that creams will help me? Should I look into laser treatment and does it work? This problem really gets me down and I just want it to improve so if this is the only option and it will really help the redness then I am prepared to go through with it; I'm just not sure if it could have been helped with the correct cream or antibiotics. Any replies would me much appreciated because I am just desperate for some kind of effective relief and treatment right now (tears).
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Re: Can my facial redness be controlled??

Postby fanny » Tue May 28, 2013 1:21 pm

Hi and welcome
From my experience, the redness associated with pustules and papules can be controlled by either prescription topicals or oral antibiotics or both. The redness that comes from flushing or from rosacea in general, cannot. IPL or laser treatment then becomes the options. Research into these treatments is highly recommended, because it does not work for everyone. That is one of the most frustrating things about this disease!
I have spent a small fortune on OTC remedies for facial redness, to no avail. However, I must point out that some people have success with OTC products, just not me.
Oral antibiotics can help with the inflammation,ie redness. Perhaps , you might see another derm?
Meanwhile mineral based make up etc can be used with success to cover up. The steroid creams are not a good thing for rosacea sufferers, and prolonged use can cause serious problems.
When trying a new topical please do a patch test first, also maybe keep a diary to note triggers that might make things worse.
Keep your chin up
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Re: Can my facial redness be controlled??

Postby Christina » Tue May 28, 2013 2:49 pm

Hi,
Thank you very much for your helpful advice. I have tried a few OTC products but none made any difference. I am considering trying the Eucerin Redness Relief cream as many people seem to have success with it. Yes, I will look into it and hopefully I can have a consultation with an laser specialist to see if they think it is the right treatment for me.I was considering seeing another derm but it is just hard to get time from school to travel elsewhere etc. Next time I see my derm I will ask him about oral antibiotics and see what he says, I just wish he was more helpful and knowledgeable in treating my condition. I will also look into buying mineral based makeup to conceal it, I do use green-tinted makeup and good coverage foundation at the moment which conceals the redness quite well. Thanks again for your advice, it was much appreciated. It is nice to know other people are suffering with this and we can support one another.
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