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    Default Very Mild Rosacea

    My first post on this great site. Lots of excellent advice here....

    Here's my situation. I've never had any issues with acne or pimples. I just turned 35 and have noticed my skin getting slightly more red as the years go on. When i was 18 i had a laser procedure to remove some Milia (milk spots) under my eyes. I realize now that i was incredibly capricious with my decision to get the treatment...my eyes took a good month or two to heal and since then i have a pronounced white ring around my eyes (like a negative of a raccoon). When i visited a specialist about this problem he told me that i have "new" skin under my eyes and as such it is very white and soft.

    I consulted a dermatologist here in Soeul (living in Korea). And after a brief 30 second conversation he said to me "yep you have rosacea. you need laser treatment. We use a machine called an Ellipse (sp). You will need 2 or 3 treatments. The price is______" I asked him about topical options since my condition is extremely mild. If it wasn't for this white ring, i probably woulnd't even bother. His response was "nope. you definitely need laser treatment. Creams and ointments will only make your skin MORE red and dry. I can see you already have dry skin so thats not an option."

    First thats patently FALSE. I actually have very moist, if not oily skin It felt like i was dealing with a used car salesman after walking out of that place. After a quick search on the internet I found that others had complains about this guy and his "bedside manner" too.

    It did get me thinking though: if my case is extremely mild (very light pinkish hue on my cheeks and nose) the last thing I want to do is make my skin even worse.

    For those of you with first hand experience, was the dermatologist correct? Is laser treatment (Ellipse) the best option? will a topical cream like Finacea just make my skin more red?

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated!!

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    I would NOT trust this doctor as he seems too eager to sell you laser treatment without exploring other treatments first and he is too quick to dismiss less invasive therapies.
    Plus, you don't have any symptoms- is this correct? Just the sign of slight pinkness on your cheeks and nose?

    I would read all pertinent info on this forum and then get a second opinion from another dermatologist. One that doesn't have lasers in their office.
    Check out this link as well:


    http://www.rosacea-research.org/wiki...itle=Main_Page


    Welcome to the RF btw

    Best,
    Melissa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa W View Post
    I would NOT trust this doctor as he seems too eager to sell you laser treatment without exploring other treatments first and he is too quick to dismiss less invasive therapies.
    Plus, you don't have any symptoms- is this correct? Just the sign of slight pinkness on your cheeks and nose?

    I would read all pertinent info on this forum and then get a second opinion from another dermatologist. One that doesn't have lasers in their office.
    Check out this link as well:


    http://www.rosacea-research.org/wiki...itle=Main_Page


    Welcome to the RF btw

    Best,
    Melissa
    Thank you for the response!

    You pretty much wrote what i was thinking. I guess I just needed to read it from an outsider to confirm my suspicions.

    The biggest problem i have is where I live. Living in South Korea and not speaking the local language, I have limited access to resources here. So i've pretty much had to self-diagnose. After reading a lot of literature & posts on this site as well as looking at hundreds of rosasea pictures online, I am 100% sure I have it - albeit a fairly mild case.

    I have a follow-up appointment with the same dermatologist tomorrow which i pre-paid for. I will explicitly say im not interested in laser treatment (at least not from him) and i'd like to explore less intrusive options.

    He did mention in the last consultation taking doxycyclene (sp). After doing some research this seems quite extreme since i don't have acne -- only redness on my cheeks & around my nose.

    From what i've read Finacea may be my best option. Ill ask him about that and see what he says.

    Thanks again!!

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    You're very welcome and good luck today!

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