Attachment 1295Attachment 1294Attachment 1293Hi everybody and greetings from Denmark!
I've been diagnosed with rosacea by my dermatologist. He took a quick glance and confirmed what I had feared since first googling my symptoms.
I've had these red and dry areas on both sides of my nose since my late teens, but for years they didn't bother me. Reason: I applied these areas with hormonecreme (locoid) a couple of days a week. That seemed to keep my skin clear, and I wasn't aware of the dangers.
About two years ago I visited my regular doctor about it. I don't remember why, actually. Maybe because I had a feeling that the locoid never fixed anything. He gave me a prescripton for Metronidazol-creme without even mentioning rocasea.
Metro-creme seemed to do the trick. It never eliminated the redness completely, but I could easily live with it. At this time it seemed permanent and nothing seemed to worsen it. Except for perhaps alcohol, but not a lot.
A year ago I contacted my doctor again to get a prescription for locoid. I really don't know why, because Metro-creme was fine. But as I still didn't know about rosacea and the risks of hormone-creme, I wanted nothing less than perfect.
My doctor told me to apply locoid two times a day for a week to eliminate the redness. I did this and it worked like magic. No more redness. But alas, of course the redness returned and worse than ever when I stopped using it.
I instantly proceded with the Metro-creme and after a couple of weeks it was back to 'normal' (moderate redness).
Six months ago I met a girl and became very self-aware about the redness. Again I resorted to the locoid for instant relief. I started using it every day and did so for a couple of weeks. And again it worked like a charm while using it. And of course the redness returned, this time worse than the first time.
This made me search the www. It was only now I learned about Rosacea and the horrors hormone-cream could cause.
This brings me back to about three weeks ago. I consulted a derm who quickly diagnosed me with rosacea. He put me on tetracyclin (100 pills -two pills a day for 50 days) while he adviced me to keep applying Metro-creme two times every day.
I've been doing this for three weeks now. The initial effect was good, but I think this was due to the metro-gel. The pills don't seem to have an effect. They don't make me feel good, to be honest. What experiences do people have with these pills? Should I finish the 'cure' or try something else?
My eyes are sore - a lot. My derm told me that the tetracyclin would deal with this, but it doesn't. I'd say that it's the worst part of my rosacea right now. It's not visible other than I look a little tired, but it affects me negatively all day. Any advice on this?
I'm not satisfied with how I look at the moment, but I can live with it. The problem is the prospect of it getting worse or spreading. I've attached a couple of pictures of how I look. The lighting isn't too good, but I hope you can get an idea.
I have a lot of questions and I need some guidance to where I should go next?
I try to keep off wheat, dairy, white sugar and alcohol.
I've heard a lot of stuff about demodex-mites (my skin doesn't 'itch' though), Finacea (does it work), lavender etc. etc., but I don't know where to start. I'm quite confused right now. Some guy wrote about having sucess with vaseline combined with some salicylic acid, but I can't seem to find this i Denmark.
I hope you can find the time to answer my post and share your hopefully positive experiences with me.