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Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby Barley » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:34 am

I've read enough information online that it appears that rosacea tends to favor women in their 40's. Are hormonal changes the trigger for a lot of members? I never had an acne or rosacea problem till about 3 yrs. ago. Now I have rosacea and I'm 48. In fact, people often complimented me on my peaches and cream complexion........that seems :-( a long time ago

Logically, it seems that hormones may play a role as teenagers get acne, and their bodies are going through hormonal changes...just wondering the ages of other members.
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby CrabbyCathy » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:41 am

I got my rosacea a few years ago, when I was.....30 or 31? Mine appeared during a very difficult and stressful time in my life, although I think I would have gotten it anyway, since my dad had it. I also had the perfect complexion--like Liv Tyler! No joke. (tears)

My best friend got her rosacea when she was 17 or so, though. My friend at work, when she started going through peri-menopause; she's early-40's. Yet another co-worker has extremely mild rosacea, the lucky girl, and she is mid-20's
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby sandra lee » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:34 pm

Has anyone had progressive rosacea in their 60's,70's?
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby WrinkledClue » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:00 pm

My rosacea came roaring in at 48 and became absolutely debilitating by 52.

My rosacea was related to estrogen withdrawal. I read that that pituitary sends chemical messages to the ovaries asking for more estrogen as the ovaries slowly fail, and those chemical messengers are vasodilators. Which would explain a lot.

Now, at 55, it looks like I've finally menopaused and my terrible rosacea is clearly receding. So for me, the hot flashes of peri-menopause turned into terrible facial flushing that progressed rapidly until I was literally housebound because I always needed strong air conditioning.

There are ways you can alleviate those hot flashes that wreak havoc.

You can take Clonidine and or Remeron and you can use an estrogen patch to lessen the hot flashes and flushing. I've also had tons of IPL and now V Beam, which has removed most of the visible redness from my poor face.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby shellylee » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:23 am

I developed Rocesea when I was almost 29. I had very little acne as a teen guess it's paying me back now :(
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby spencer » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:09 pm

I had that wonderful peaches and cream complexion a few years ago until I had a miscarriage. It caused a lot of hormonal upheaval and put me on the fast track to having rosacea symptoms. I am battling with flushing at the moment. A naturopath, however, has helped me get this symptom under control. As my hormones are balancing out, I am getting more sleep, having less stress and, in turn, am finding I have less inflammation. Bio-identicals helped for a little, but I found them a bit too strong with plenty of side effects. I am extremely sensitive, so the only thing that has helped has been acupuncture (amazing to stave off flareups!), herbs and homeopathics. Most likely, your symptoms are hormone-related but you will find something that works for you. Knowing what is causing the symptoms is half the battle. It's definitely worth getting tests through an endocrinologist or some other hormone specialist. Sometimes a simple blood test isn't enough to determine whether there is an imbalance. You may just need some adrenal support.
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby kimkord » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:08 pm

Stress hormones do some crazy things. They create everything from rosacea to irritable bowel syndrome. Even allergies can develop because of stress. I really wish I had a solution to make it all go away. But our lives can't stop. I didn't develop rosacea until I was 22 when I was very stressed because of a breakup. Now, it flares up in times of great stress.
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby Meganmac » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:03 am

I just joined and want to say that I am sooo glad to have found this website! I have visited a lot of the informational sites out there but it's so nice to hear what others are dealing with.

I was diagnosed shortly after my 30th birthday almost 2 years ago. I thought I was having an anxiety attack or some neurological issue. My GP actually ran blood tests and sent me over to a neurologist. It's amazing how little is known and how few treatments there are. I have what I think are the common symptoms; pain in my face, flushing, ONE really red cheek and some bumps on my face that I have been able to control with Oracea (holy-moly this stuff is expensive!). I haven't had any luck finding my triggers but admittedly have not tried that hard. I have cut out alcohol but am not ready to give up my morning pot of coffee (rofl).

I seem to have fewer outbreaks in the summer and have actually been debating using a tanning bed (I know this probably won't help, but desperate times...) (snob) I have issues in the winter moving from the different extremes in temperature and my face seems sensitive to artificial heat. I am lucky to have a great boss who actually installed a fan at my desk that blows COLD air on my face whenever I get overheated.

I continue to struggle with my every emotion that is written on my face for the world to see. I am looking for ways to become a robot (shocked), particularly since I am often encountered with high pressure meetings that I often am responsible for presenting at.

In closing...this really sucks to have to deal with. Something we all need to remember; it could always be a lot worse!!
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby CrabbyCathy » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:42 am

Welcome Meganmac! (wave)

And nooooo, please don't use a tanning bed! (shocked) We don't want "sun" damage, premature wrinkles--not to mention skin cancer.

Have a look around the board, and feel free to ask questions, of course! It might take a day or so to get a reply, depending, but you will receive one.

And you're right--it could be a lot worse. When I see shows on TLC on some very strange skin conditions, I tell myself the same.
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Re: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40's?

Postby Aurelia » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:34 pm

Welcome, Meganmac! (wave)

As Cathy says, tanning beds are a seriously bad idea and not just for the rosacea.

Regarding your morning pot of coffee, often the problem isn't the coffee but the temperature. Many rosaceans find that although a hot drink brings on a flush, drinking coffee or tea at a lower temperature is an easy solution.

On the subject of coping with strong variations in temperature, many rosaceans have been greatly helped by a free e-booklet on the subject by Colin Dahl of Australian Sciences:
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=431

Is there anything you can do to make things easier during your presentations, for example making maximum use of visual aids so people are looking at the screen far more than at you, discreet sips from a chilled drink, etc?

Kind regards,

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