Got the diagnosis of rosacea from my GP this week, but I'm skeptical. I have an appointment with a dermatologist in October. Until then I'm proceeding with the assumption that my GP is correct (he performed NO tests, however,) but from reading this forum I think at minimum, if I do have rosacea, it's either very mild or atypical.
I'm 58 and post-menopausal. My skin is red and blotchy. I have small broken blood vessels on and around my nose. I have flaky dry skin around my nose and on my cheekbones. My skin is very oily in the T-zone, resulting in pimples and blackheads. I have no family history of rosacea that I'm aware of, and I'm Jewish, with light olive skin that tans quickly and deeply. I have brown hair and brown eyes.
Flushing seems to be a critical symptom to the dx of rosacea and I don't think I flush. I don't even blush. I occasionally feel a little overheated for no apparent reason but my face and chest don't get red when that happens.
Can someone explain flushing to me in greater depth? And how critical to a dx of rosacea is flushing?