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    Hi all,

    I have been reading over these forums for a long time but this is my first post.
    I'm wondering if I have rosacea or KPRF. Please check out the photos attached and tell me what you think.
    A dermo thinks it is rosacea but I reckon it's KPRF.

    Background: I've had bright red cheeks since I was in primary school. I flush basically every day for all the usual reasons and quite often for no reason at all. Exercise and alcohol are the biggest killers.

    Reasons for thinking it's KPRF:
    1. I only flush on my cheeks (not nose or chin)
    2. I've had it since I hit adolescence (apparently rosacea usually comes later in life)
    3. I have KP on my upper thighs, upper arms and buttocks

    Reasons for thinking it's rosacea:
    1. I have zero bumps on my cheeks
    2. The doctor thinks it's rosacea

    Any suggestions for diagnosis or treatment is very welcome! Keep in mind I have tried several creams, metronizadol, nD:Yag laser (4 times), PDL (once) and none of them helped.

    Thanks.
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    There are reports that a five minute diagnosis of rosacea is correct. However, there are other reports of misdiagnosis (or vice versa). There is evidence that rosacea can be a "complicated diagnosis path." There is also the possibility you have both rosacea and KPRF since there are reports of rosacea and other skin conditions co-existing. One option is to get another opinion from another dermatologist.

    As for treatment, you seem to have tried several prescription treatments. Might consider looking into the alternative treatments discussed in the non prescription category of this forum.

    Diagnosis on the internet is not a good idea. See a dermatologist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny Hayes View Post
    Hi all,

    I have been reading over these forums for a long time but this is my first post.
    I'm wondering if I have rosacea or KPRF. Please check out the photos attached and tell me what you think.
    A dermo thinks it is rosacea but I reckon it's KPRF.

    Background: I've had bright red cheeks since I was in primary school. I flush basically every day for all the usual reasons and quite often for no reason at all. Exercise and alcohol are the biggest killers.

    Reasons for thinking it's KPRF:
    1. I only flush on my cheeks (not nose or chin)
    2. I've had it since I hit adolescence (apparently rosacea usually comes later in life)
    3. I have KP on my upper thighs, upper arms and buttocks

    Reasons for thinking it's rosacea:
    1. I have zero bumps on my cheeks
    2. The doctor thinks it's rosacea

    Any suggestions for diagnosis or treatment is very welcome! Keep in mind I have tried several creams, metronizadol, nD:Yag laser (4 times), PDL (once) and none of them helped.

    Thanks.

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    What is KPRF?Mine looks like red hives

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    my skin used to look exactly like this. At that time I was told I had KPRF. I have sadly developed rosacea as well as I struggle with my nose and swelling now.

    Do you blush easy all of a sudden? When my skin started to turn from just KPRF to both I blushed alot.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    art - KPRF is Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii. It is very often mistaken for rosacea. It is caused by excess keratin in hair follicles. It can come with or without small bumps on the cheeks. Since my opening message I have seen a different doctor and am now certain I have KPRF.

    ziggR - Yes I blush quite easily. Exercise, alcohol, hot food, the sun, warm environment all guarantee I will flush, but I often flush for absolutely no reason as well. It really ruins my days. Has anything worked for you guys?

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