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    Hi Everyone,

    Lately I have been having a difficult time. I still am unsure if i have rosacea but am sooooo worried about it. I don't seem to flush anymore which is good-- I was flushing a few months ago after using a topical steroid too long but that has improved. I do have blotchy skin but it a very light pink and not that noticeable to other people-- I ]notice it. I recently began obsessing about it and looking on the internet. Well, I then got really scared because I don't want to look like those people who have rosacea on the internet!! I guess I should stop doing that!

    When I am out and about, I am constantly comparing my skin to other people's-- it's crazy! I can't seem to stop thinking about my skin and worrying about what the problem is (my derm really isn't that sure). I find that I cannot be happy when my skin looks bad and it's affecting my life and my relationships. My skin is patchy/blotchy and looks worse when I am worrying about it. I am not eating any sugar or grains but that does not seem to improve my face. I think that it has to do with my emotions in a way-- if I felt better emotionally, then my skin would look better. But I have trouble being happy when my skin looks bad. I was in therapy for awhile but I am not back to work yet due to an illness and cannot afford it anymore.

    The BDD presents itself in ways like getting stuck looking in the mirror or avoiding mirrors completely, worrying incessantly about it to the point where I have trouble getting out of bed and looking for work, etc. I am just so worried all of the time and it makes me feel really bad in side. Like REALLY, REALLY BAD!

    Spencer has been a big help to me on this forum because she always helps me look at things in a more positive light. Some days it's easier than others but it's been really bad for me lately. I just don't want to feel sad anymore. I really. really don't. I think I would feel better if I saw things improving but I am not sure if they are. I feel out of control-- it's the worst feeling. My sister has really nice white (non-blotchy) skin and I can't help but look at her with jealously. I cry a lot and I feel like some days my soul is crushed. I am hormonal now, so my skin is not looking that great because of that and I also am more emotional during the time of the months.

    If I could just do something that would just help the blotchiness of my skin, that would be great. My skin is really not that sensitive to much of anything so maybe I don't have rosacea-- I am not sure. I can be out in the sun just fine-- I just turn red when I drink alcohol, after I exercise and shower I look pink. Any ideas on what could help even out my skin tone?

    Thanks to everyone who replies to my threads- I truly appreciate it!

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    Perhaps you might find the following article of interest.

    It actually comes from here:

    I can't tell you if you have rosacea or not, but from what you describe, your condition seems rather mild compared to most here.
    If that is the case, you might find luck by addressing your gut.
    Perhaps following the SCD diet, or eating fermented foods. I would not recommend dairy. Perhaps, sauerkraut?
    Cutting out all major sources of inflammation such as PUFA's ( all those nasty oils).

    Avoid hot showers, don't exercise so hard you overly dilate the vessels and stop drinking alcohol.
    Would a gentle exercise which involves mind discipline help? One of those asian exercises, such as tai chi?

    Stop looking in the mirror all day.
    At my worse, when I looked in the mirror, the stress of seeing my severely red and flushed face, immediately made me flush even more!
    It is hard not to stress too much, I know, but it is helpful to find something to distract your mind, as stress will fuel your condition.

    You mention you have another illness. Could this be fuelling your skin issues?

    Steroid induced redness can take some time to resolve. Why were you using the steroid?
    Previous Numerous IPL.
    Supplements: Niacinamide, Vit K2, low D3, Vit A. Moderate Dose Vit C, Iodine, Taurine, Magnesium. Very low dose B's. Low dose zinc (to correct deficiency).
    Skin Care: No Cleanser, ZZ cream mixed with Niacinamide gel 4% and LMW HA 2%, ethyl ascorbate 2%.

    Treating for gut dysbiosis.(This is helping).
    Previous GAPS diet. Have now introduced lots of fibre.
    Fermented Foods. Intermittent fasting -16-18 hours.
    Oral Colostrum. Helps reduce food reactions.

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    Hi Mistica,

    Thank you for your reply, I truly appreciate it! That article is very helpful, thanks also for sending that!

    I was using a topical steroid called locoid last November and December for about 6 weeks because my face was very dry (not red, just dry and feeling irritated), so my doctor put me on locoid topical steroid. Well, I used it for 6 weeks or so and then when I discontinued it, I flushed daily, pretty severely for about a week. Then I would have flare ups for a couple months of the flushing/ irritation and burning but then my skin went back to normal feeling. It is now a bit blotchy though, I think from the steroid. I can be out in the sun just fine, wind just fine so I don't know what's going on. It just looks blotchy at times and when I'm feeling more stressed it looks worse.

    I suffer from fibromyalgia and am in the process of "reversing it" so that could be what is causing the problem. I am unsure, really. I find that stress is what causes my skin to look worse but it's very difficult for me to stop stressing when my skin looks bad. I am trying not to worry so much so and was doing well for awhile but for some reason am having a rough week.

    I seem to equate my happiness with how clear. My skin is so my moods are very up and down. It's difficult to live like this and it's wearing me down mentally. I realize that Is kind of vain but I can't help it.

    It's very possible that I don't have rosacea and do feel for the people on this board who have it much worse; I feel silly for complaining and obsessing.

    I have been off grains and sugar for awhile now but I haven't noticed much difference with my skin. I do eat dairy so maybe I should cut that out too. I have stopped drinking alcohol as that makes me flush and when I run in hot weather I get very red. So I have stopped doing that as well.

    I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my message!

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