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reg254, April 11, 2008 in Rosacea & facial redness
It's very hard to tell with that photo. To get a real diagnosis, go to a doctor or derm. In the meantime, be gentle with your skin to reduce the redness (no hot water, use a gentle or sensitive skin cleanser, no scrubbing, etc). Cool compresses help with redness, too.
anyone else have a clue...but thanz for replying
I agree with Wynne. The red marks left from acne may make your face seem a bit red, which a lot of people mistake for rosacea.
If you do really have rosacea, you'll notice flushing/blushing, hot/prickly sensations when you flush/blush, and have "triggers" (such as a hot cup of coffee, laughing, being embarrassed, etc.) that will cause these flushes. Rosacea patients do have a overall more reddish hue to their skin, but it's more so the flushing/blushing that really defines a solid case of rosacea.
Also, it may depend on what medications you've been using topically -- a lot of people's skin get irritated from retinoids and BP, which make the skin red. Redness is one way of your skin showing that it's irritated, while rosacea is more of a persistent chronic condition.
It's very hard to tell with that photo. To get a real diagnosis, go to a doctor or derm. In the meantime, be gentle with your skin to reduce the redness (no hot water, use a gentle or sensitive skin cleanser, no scrubbing, etc). Cool compresses help with redness, too.anyone else have a clue...but thanz for replying
Wynne gave you excellent advice. She is an RN and is one of the most insightful people on these boards. Take her advice.
Yes, Wynne knows what she's talking about. I suggest you see a physician or dermatologist to get diagnosed, too. From the appearance on the photo, it's just too hard to differentiate. You need a pro.
^^^ RNs all around
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