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May 6, 2007 (with flash)

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It finally came to this. Progress pics over the years....:)

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Hey what's up! I just wanted to ask you if you currently have rosacea? I think I might suffer from a moderate case of rosacea because the skin on my face is always quite a bit more red than my neck and chest, similar to yours. I haven't found anything that helps, its very frustrating. :D

Keep up with your progress on accutane, good luck!

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Hey what's up! I just wanted to ask you if you currently have rosacea? I think I might suffer from a moderate case of rosacea because the skin on my face is always quite a bit more red than my neck and chest, similar to yours. I haven't found anything that helps, its very frustrating. :dance:

Keep up with your progress on accutane, good luck!

lol, I'm sorry, but I just have to laugh because you're not the first person to ask me that.

I can assure you that its not rosacea, even though I do come from Nordic descent. lol

Back before these pics were taken,, I asked my 1st derm about it, constantly actually, to the point that I really pissed him off, but he kept saying no, you don't....

then the clinique manager.... kept telling me that, extremely loudly in the mall too...

but when I was on the green tea... and as a matter of fact the soldyn cleared me up too, but I was crazy at that point :dance: ... but the redness you see, is really & truly all of the pimple that I've ever had... that inflammation left over. Occasionally, I'll get them to recede down to a smaller diameter, but as soon as I stop the treatment, it comes back again :dance:

send me a PM and I'll send you my email address.... or send me a link to some pics of yours...maybe I can tell you.... At one point when all this first started, I began researching the idea A LOT!~ ~~~ and its odd, because now my cousin got the rosacea symptoms instead of me :D but I'm starting to think that the cystic problems really are genetic...the only thing is how to reason it jumping over your siblings .... lol

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Yeah, I was going to say, to me it looks like you have a case of rosacea on your hands, and not acne. The two are very similar, and it's usually difficult for doctors who are not knowledgeable of rosacea (trust me, there are so few) to tell the difference. If you are going to do accutane, I suggest keeping to a low dose for rosacea. A high dose which would be used to treat acne could actually make your rosacea worse, if you have it. Which to me, it really looks like you do. I'm no doctor, but I have been studying rosacea religiously for the past 6 months to take an educated guess. 

Good luck.

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Yeah, I was going to say, to me it looks like you have a case of rosacea on your hands, and not acne. The two are very similar, and it's usually difficult for doctors who are not knowledgeable of rosacea (trust me, there are so few) to tell the difference. If you are going to do accutane, I suggest keeping to a low dose for rosacea. A high dose which would be used to treat acne could actually make your rosacea worse, if you have it. Which to me, it really looks like you do. I'm no doctor, but I have been studying rosacea religiously for the past 6 months to take an educated guess. 

Good luck.

I know that they are very similar, and is a really good possibility that I've got roscea underneath all the acne...I'll never really know, because the only few times that I've been "white" / clear are from not eating all day, or eating very very little, or being sick, in which I'm practically deathly white. lol

I'll post some more pics that I found, I know its alot, I think I'm gonna have to break them all up or something :-p pre-tane, tane, and then post tan...lol

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Hey I have similar skin tone right now and am wondering HOW TO FIX THIS MESS? I'm really depressed!

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uhhh... can you mods allow any and all comments to go through right away on this album please :-D people don't bother or offend me, so even if someone is insulting me on here, I'm okay with that....lol

thanks! :D

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Hey I have similar skin tone right now and am wondering HOW TO FIX THIS MESS? I'm really depressed!

ummm...maybe accutane? Its helping me at least... Everyone keeps commenting on it randomly at work, at how much better its looking. ..

just stay out of the sun, and stay in a nice , ~70 degree room (or less)...lol... thats what I do every day to keep down the redness...until I eat or something....

But I've just accepted that it was a part of my life, and no body really cares about it anymore. Gradually, if you're with the same people over and over, they just stop noticing it... :/

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Looks like Rosecea because it is red in the most common areas of that condition - cheeks, nose and chin.

Careful, because I hear high dose Accutane can cause Rosecea where as low dose 10mg daily or so can help it a lot.

Does the redness flare or worsen after exercise, hot showers or wine/alcohol? Does it ever feel tight, itchy or like it is burning?

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Looks like Rosecea because it is red in the most common areas of that condition - cheeks, nose and chin.

Careful, because I hear high dose Accutane can cause Rosecea where as low dose 10mg daily or so can help it a lot.

Does the redness flare or worsen after exercise, hot showers or wine/alcohol? Does it ever feel tight, itchy or like it is burning?

I can totally see how people can "see" that...but I swear...lol...its acne :dance: Looks so bad doesn't it..lol... who knows though, maybe underneath it all, its rosacea, but still, even at this point, until the cyst that used to cover half my cheek is completely gone--depleted--and wiped out... I'm always gonna have a red mark on that spot (think about a half-dollar size...lol)

I've heard that high dosages can worsen it as well.

Um... well, when I started 11th grade, (which was the semester after I completely screwed up my face) I was COMPLETELY red... just sitting for 2 hours (entirely sitting) in the heat, everyone would ask if I had PE or had just run a marathon or something...lol

umm.. haven't exercised in a long long time, but I wouldn't be surprised if it still did "flare" as you call it. Alcohol--definately, but I think thats more from the "making a fool of myself" than from the actual alcohol.. I don't drink much though, so I'm never really drunk, but I just like the feeling that, everyone else won't remember what happened the next day...lol (wine--idk I don't like it)

I think right now the accutane is making it itchy & dry--so tight. I took my first 60 mg yesterday, and woke up with completely dry lips and my face was soooo tight (here's to no wrinkles til well in the 60s!!!! lol )

Other than that, my face used to be really REALLY oily... but I think that was more from the --idk how to do anything girly...so I'm just gonna be like one of the guys and never wash my face...lol-- I used to think that using the washcloth in the shower was enough....but after a year of cysts all over my face... I learned my lesson :dance: lol

I'll see if I can find anything that has me waking up, and showing the acne clearly -- cuz on something...don't remember what med... I had all these spot everywhere...lol looked SOOO much worse than the pure redness :D I'll see what I can dig up this weekend...lol

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