Ok, so here is my story:
A few years back, I had normal, perfect skin. A few breakouts now and then, but clear skin (I miss those days). Then, I was prescribed Retin-A. I used it on my nose a lot (because that was the problem area of my face). However (remember this) I would only apply the Retin-A to a certain area of my nose (the middle/tip area). I didn't put much of the sides of my nose. I have a sorta flat nose (I'm asian).
So anyway, stupidly enough, I played tennis EVERYDAY in the Alabama summer WITHOUT wearing sunscreen (stupid me!). So my nose got redder and redder. Eventually I quit Retin-A realizing how much harm I was doing to my skin.
However, it is only that area of the skin where I mostly added Retin-A that remians red to this day. The other parts of my nose (the sides) are fine. That one area is the one that is red.
Anyway, then I started having constipation problems before my senior year (all the sun damage already took place). So I noticed I started flushing and my nose would turn really red when I was hot. So I assumed I had rosacea.
I went to the dermatologist and he said I also had seborrheic dermatitis. I;m guessing because I have oily skin.
However, I'm starting to question whether I really have rosacea/seb derm. The one piece of evidence that SUPPORTS I have rosacea is that right when I started getting constipated is when my rosacea/seb derm/redness acted up.
However, I think a lot of the flushing I have is psychological. Since I am self-conscious about my nose, I get really tense when I am in a hot room. And I have to concentrate really hard to hold back my flushing. BUT, when I am not thinking about the redness/flushing, I DO NOT flush. Lately, I haven't been flushing much because I haven't been stressed out about the rosacea. This leads me to believe that maybe I don't have rosacea, adn the flushes have been self induced or soemthing.
PLus, I've heard that rosacea/seb derm is genetic/inherited, and no one in my family had it. I'm asian. How many asians do you see with flushed skin lol.
So I do have redness on my nose still, but only in the area where I added Retin-A. My cheeks are perfectly normal. So is my forehead. But just that area is red. But it is weird redness. That part of my nose is redder than the other parts of my nose. And the redness sometimes varies (which goes against my theory below). It can be less red some days and more red some days. And I think it varies due to how constipated I am. Possibly I could be because of my bad congestion from allergies??
So anyway, I think the redness I see is sun damaged skin rather then rosacea. Since retin-A increases sensitivity to the sun, and would make the skin tan/irritate faster, the redness I see is a "extra tan" remaining from being in the sun.
What do you guys think? I dont think rosacea/seb derm is a condition that you can just acquire.
And, assuming that it is sun damaged skin, I guess using AHAs should get rid of teh redness?
In a glance:
Evidence I do have rosacea:
-Redness varies on my nose.
-Flushing started around the time I got constipated.
Evidence I think its sundamaged skin:
-Only the area where I put Retin-A is red.
-When I am not stressed about flushing, I don't flush.
-No one in my family has rosacea.
-My cheeks are totally normal. My forehead is too.