Do I have Rosacea? Acne? What is it???
I went through most of my years without any significant skin (face) problems. No pimples, acne, eczema, rosacea, none of that. I feel like if you will have problems with your facial skin it will be in your teens and early 20s when your hormones are raging. I would get an occasional pimple close to my period time but that’s about it.
One thing I did have is extremely dry skin. I would scratch my face and little white flakes would fly off!
However, all these years I never particularly took good care of my skin as I did not have any issues. I would take my make up off with vaseline, wash my face with warm water and apply a face cream that my mom used from back home, called Solea that I can remember my mom and my grandma using it since forever! I don’t know much about it except that it’s oily and thick and my mom swears by it.
Well in my late 20s, it all changed. All of a sudden my cheeks got rosy and well um stayed rosy PERMANENTLY. I also had some weird red bumps that would itch at times. I thought first it was allergies. It would go away and come back. So I started experimenting with different cleansers and toners. The bumps went away, redness stayed and I just used cover up to conceal it.
So, in the past year, my face has gotten really bad. I have tried every product there is. I changed the make up I use to see if it’s allergies of some sort. I tried natural cleansers, soaps, oils, treatments, gosh I did it all and spent TONS of money on it. I have so many products at home I can open up my own pharmacy! I watched numerous youtube videos and read articles then ran and bought products these girls swore by. I was desperate! I just felt so dirty having my face looking this way. Redness and bumps everywhere, now on my forehead too! They come in clusters and they are pretty damn big.
Sometimes I will wake up in the morning and it seems as if they have gotten smaller (although the redness remains) but as soon as I wash my face and the water touches it and I go on about my day, the bumps return. The cover up is not working so much anymore. It conceals the redness but it makes the bumps more evident.
I diagnosed myself with Rosacea. I still have not been to a dermatologist but I finally do have an appointment so we will see if I am right lol. Looking at some of these pictures of rosacea mine does not look like this exactly… it is red and bumpy, but i do not have it on my nose, the skin is not thick and there are no protruding lines.
I found a product I really like and until the dermatologist diagnoses me and gives me something else I am still with Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream which I will do a full review on because it deserves it!