So over recent weeks I have been coming to terms with my facial skin conditions and even wrote about my life with Melasma that typically gets worse over the summer months but what I haven’t told you is my deep dark secret that makes my face look like a baboons bottom.
I am a rosacea wearer, I say wearer as it is in fact like a mask.
This condition is often misdiagnosed, painful, chronic and life effecting for the person that has it.
I have always been prone to redness and a full on facial blush that seemed to last forever, but over time it got worse but I seemed to cope by living in makeup and slathering on lots of creams continued for about the last 10 years or so. There were numerous trips to the GP who diagnosed it from psoriasis (which I already had on my scalp), eczema, bacterial infections and dry skin! my last trip to the GP a little while ago gave me my formal diagnosis which has led to proper treatment of the condition to try to relieve some of the sore redness and it seems to be working albeit slowly! It really has been scary at how many GP’s have not understood the condition. Thank goodness for the internet as it really has been a really great resource for support and help.
After my second pregnancy my skin took a dramatic turn for the worse and now it becomes lumpy at times, dry and painful when I have a flare up. Which seems to be more and more frequent these days and particularly bad when I am stressed and tired. Although there are many other factors I can’t quite pin down what the exact causes are for me to have a flare up.
I am not trying to be dramatic, or over the top but in fairness I have found not only does it get me down and effect my confidence, it also can dictate as to what I do and where I go, in the midst of flare up I will avoid going out in public as I can’t cover up my redness properly without drying out my skin further, which then leads to cracking and soreness and it also means that my family can be effected my unwillingness to leave the house.
I have been really lucky to discover some bloggers with the same condition that have been super supportive and it has made a really big difference.
Here is hoping that now I have a proper diagnosis I will now be able to get the full medical support I will need to find the right treatments that work with my skin long-term.