Okay, I think I might just about be drunk enough to do this now. lol.
I found this site while searching for online groups with facial scars. I'd never heard of rosacea and I don't really think I have it but the psychological effects are the same.
I'm 37 and over the past six/seven years the skin on my nose has become permanently shiny pinkish red. I used to get a few spots but nothing too bad really. Gradually the spots started to leave flaky skin which, when cleared, left my skin this way. It's mainly on my nose though I do have some blemishes on my forehead.
I've never seen a doctor about it, I just figured that I've permanently damaged my skin and that's that. It gets redder in the heat or after too much alcohol, but even when it's at it's palest, it's sooo depressing.
I appreciate that lots of you have far worse skin than me but (I'm sorry) that doesn't make it any easier for me to socialise or get on with life. I used to go out a lot but I've become very reclusive due to it. I've gradually shut myself off from my friends and now only go out to pop to the shops wearing a peaked cap with my head down, dreading the fact that someone might actually want to talk to me.
I also have a progressive eye condition (retinitis-pigmentosa) which, at the moment, means I'm partially-sighted but I have to say that has never got me down as much as this. ...It's never affected my life a much as this.
Ok well there's my heart, here's some pics.
I'm not really sure how much redness shows up on the pics, my eyesight lets me down a little when it comes to pics.
Okay, one more cigarette and I'll hit the submit button....