1st September 2012 04:24 PM
Help!! Not sure what's wrong!
Hello everyone, my name is Tom and I'm 17!
I'm very worried about my skin at the moment and I wanted to come online to seek help from anybody available, here's my story. At the moment, I am in my final year of secondary school and need to focus I exams and studying etc but I can't as all my attention is on my face. When my school moved to a new building, my friend turned to me and said "your cheeks are very red, are you hot??" I was a bit hot as the building was heavily insulated and heating on full blast but I wasn't aware of this redness and this comment came as a surprise to me. Following on from that day, I have been constantly worried about my face. The more I thought about going red, the bigger the fear became, it came to a stage last year when I DREADED getting up in the morning and dreading school (which I still do). The more I thought about it the more I made my cheeks go red. Now, some days they wouldn't go red at all and it'd be a great day, other days, I could look like someone threw a lasagne at me! Then, one day, I found myself blushing at times and when checked the mirror, instead of red cheeks all over I had a dominant rash on my jaw bone and a bit on my cheek! I thought it'd go down in time but never did! My mam bought me tons of creams from la Roche posay ciracast baume to ant-irritation creams. I found the la Roche posay good but because of its consistency my face was covered with an obvious thick white creamy application. I have been dealing with this for a while, I have now such a fear I dread any social outings, I avoid going out with my friends and I've taken so many sick days from school! I can't now cause I need to study loads and the thought kills me!
Anyway I'm now here 6 months later. I've been to the doctor he said it was anxiety and prescribed me endarol, which helped with the blushing for a while but don't seem to anymore.ni still have the rash on my face and now I noticed another one forming on the other cheek! In the past 6 months in school, I feel very hot even if the room is not hot and I blush every minute nearly and I worry about blushing which causes me to blush it is a vicious cycle! My face becomes very flushed looking after all the blushing throughout the day which makes me more aware of it so it gets redder. When at home, I can blush occasionally but not to the same extent as in school and my cheeks aren't that red at home unless sitting on front of the fire. Sometimes, I get a tingly sensation in my cheeks and I focus in on this and before I know it my cheeks are beet root and burning, I really don't know what to do, I used to LOVE schoolwork I hate it, I dread going to the shop even and I'm embarrassed about this
MY QUESTION IS COULD IT BE PREROSACEA, OR IS IT JUST ANXIETY AND ME MAKING MYSELF GO RED FROM ZERO-ING INTO IT?!?
3rd September 2012 01:23 PM
Sad to see that there is nobody answering.
Nobody here can tell for sure what you have.
But for me it started with just a reddish spot, about 2-4 cm i diameter. It started itching and became harder and harder like sandpaper in the skin.
Then my problems spread.
You can read my story if you like. Not so uplifting though.
Best of luck!
3rd September 2012 01:42 PM