Can you imagine not looking forward to the summer?
Embarrassed of the fact that less clothes is worn and more skin is shown during the warmer weather?
Afraid to be in public?
I used to. Before I sought out professional help for my skin condition*, all of the above scared and taunted me. For years I was frustrated with my condition, uncomfortable in my own skin, and ashamed to be seen in public. The worst part of it all was when my skin condition affected the area around my eyes. There was no way of hiding my face under a scarf, or long sleeves, or gloves. It was right there, a flared up face for the world to see.
I will never forget the time I suffered from the worst flare up at work. My boss rushed me to the emergency room so that I may get treatment. I felt like I was on fire from head to toe. A heavy dose of steroids and almost 30lbs later, I felt a little better. But the skin condition was still there, under my skin.
What helped me find true relief and healing was seeing a dermatologist and discussing treatment and a healthier lifestyle. He advised me that if I took the time to learn about my skin condition and what triggered those nasty flare ups, I would soon be able to heal and get back to me and my life again. In that time, I learned that stress, foods, beauty products and extreme weather were the main offenders. If I learned to steer away from these triggers my skin condition would get better. After really committing to changing some old habits of mine, my skin started to heal. If you ask me, it was completely worth it.
WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a vascular and inflammatory condition that is characterized by facial flare-ups. There are 4 types of rosacea, so depending on your specific condition, typical signs and symptoms may include:
- A tendency to blush or flush easily
- Bumps or pimples on the face
- Dry, tight, or itchy facial skin
- A burning or stinging sensation in the face
- Redness or thickening skin on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead
- Small visible blood vessels on the face
- Watery, bloodshot, or irritated eyes or swollen eyelids
Although rosacea can affect anyone, people over the age of 30 with fair skin and a family history of similar symptoms tend to be most at risk.
If you think you may be suffering from rosacea take the quiz here.
Thanks to my friends at MamaDramaNY for giving me the opportunity to share with you all my story and hope to encourage you to take better care of your skin. You don’t have to hide under clothes or cancel precious time with those you love because of a flare up. Simply seek some professional help and find the solution to a better, healthier you because you deserve it.
Disclosure: This post enters me into the running to be a RosaceaFacts Ambassador, sponsored by Gladerma Laboratories, L.P . All opinions are my own.
* I used to suffer from severe eczema. After regular visits to my dermatologist, along with a treatment plan and a healthier lifestyle I can say my eczema is under control.