Hi all, I've been reading these forums and I find them very informative. That's why I decided to share my story and maybe obtain helpful opinions or experiences of people that have encountered the same problem than me.
(English is not my first language but I hope you can understand my story as well)
I'm almost 31 and I began having acne when I was 13. Starting from 22 I had not acne any longer, I was just slightly ruddy underneath my skin. However shallow and annoying scars were starting to appear on my cheeks and nose. That redness has caused the inflammation of part of my skin every now and then and also for that reason I decided to go to the dermatologist 3 months ago.
He prescribed me differin 0.1 and E45 emollient to moisturize my skin. Whilst differing has worked quite well on my redness beneath the skin (i'm still red but it seems it is improving) at the same time it has caused more inflammations on the surface of part of my skin. Recently, after having started taking differing, my skin is more likely to be inflamed the day after having taken differin ( I'm taking it once every three days atm) and when I clean my face twice a day ( in this case the inflammation lasts a couple of hours) or when I have a hot shower.
In order to sort this problem I went to a new dermatologist today, who, with my surprise, told me that I have rosacea adding that he couldn't see any scars in my face but just a bumpy skin O.o. ( I'm not sure about the last assertion as under certain type of light my skin appear to have scars, however at the same time it could also be that what I see depend on my bumpy and reddish skin which give me that impression)
He asked me to stop taking differin 0.1 and start to apply metrodinazole 0.75% (twice a day) plus a gently daily sunblock (50+). However after pointing out that differin was working quite well on my redness (underneath the skin) he then said to take it every now and then . I must be honest when I say that I didnt like him changing his mind in few seconds nor I liked him visiting me for 30 seconds. (I had previously spent 5/10 talking with his nurse who asked me some questions about my acne story etc.)
Finally, I don't know what to do, if see another specialist or not. Also I don't know whether to use differin or not. I also would like to have another opinion about me having rosacea because despite presenting some symptoms of it (blushing, itchy and redness after being exposed to the sun and so on) I cannot explain why differin has been working quite well on me, mostly considering that rosacea ought to be permanent. So why the redness under my skin seems to slowly fade away?