Was diagnosed by dermatologist last November, GP ruled out Lupus and some other stuff. I ate antibiotics for a while and most of the little spots vamoosed, now I only occasionally get a spot here and there. Both cheeks are red, the nose only a little.
But I have not managed to get any answers to some things, and I would like to know if there is anybody else that is as "lucky" as I am, or if I should ask to have my diagnose re-evaluated.
1. Blushing. I rarely blush and never have been a blusher - is this something that is a diagnose-breaker?
2. What is a flare-up? I have never noticed a difference in the redness apart from the obvious ones of hot water and/or exercise. How long before the flare-up is noticeable? How long does it last, or is that different from person to person? None of the usual triggers that are mentioned (red wine, spicy food) has ever made a difference as far as I can tell.
3. I have been using an SPF cream with minerals in it (Garnier BB Cream) to cover up the redness and keep the sun off.. the derm said if I was diligent with the sunblock I'd look much better in 12 months and so far it seems he was right. Is this something anyone else has experienced?
EDIT: Should mention I have keratosis pilaris on both arms, it appeared about 12 months after I started noticing my face was red. Not sure if there's a link. No hard "spots" on face.
Thanks for any answers I can get, mostly curious about the flare-up thing!