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    I'm 15 and I've had what I guess you could call pre-rosacea for the past few years. The redness is persistent, but not very intense, aside from when my face is flushed. My friends often point out that I'm "blushing" a lot, especially when I'm nervous or embarrassed. I've tried a few different cremes that my dermatologist recommended, but they didn't help much. Most of them made it worse, so I immediately stopped using all of them. I've been avoiding sun exposure and other triggers as best I can.

    I heard about the alkaline diet, and decided to give it a try. I've been on the diet for about a month now, and so far its been helping reduce flare-ups. Though I have to say I there are times where a bowl of cereal sounds a lot better than an avocado and almonds.

    I'm really into the performing arts, and my rosacea makes it blatantly obvious to the crowd how nervous I am, even when I'm not that nervous. It's really embarrassing, and sometimes even stops me from getting on stage.

    So does [pre-]rosacea ever go away? I know it can be treated, but caught at its early stage, can it go away permanently if treated properly? Or will I be stuck on the alkaline diet forever in order to keep it in check?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex R View Post
    I'm 15 and I've had what I guess you could call pre-rosacea for the past few years. The redness is persistent, but not very intense, aside from when my face is flushed. My friends often point out that I'm "blushing" a lot, especially when I'm nervous or embarrassed. I've tried a few different cremes that my dermatologist recommended, but they didn't help much. Most of them made it worse, so I immediately stopped using all of them. I've been avoiding sun exposure and other triggers as best I can.

    I heard about the alkaline diet, and decided to give it a try. I've been on the diet for about a month now, and so far its been helping reduce flare-ups. Though I have to say I there are times where a bowl of cereal sounds a lot better than an avocado and almonds.

    I'm really into the performing arts, and my rosacea makes it blatantly obvious to the crowd how nervous I am, even when I'm not that nervous. It's really embarrassing, and sometimes even stops me from getting on stage.

    So does [pre-]rosacea ever go away? I know it can be treated, but caught at its early stage, can it go away permanently if treated properly? Or will I be stuck on the alkaline diet forever in order to keep it in check?
    Looks to me like you suffer from Blushing and Subtype 1 Rosacea .

    That was me 20 years ago .But I sorted the Blushing for good . I don't Blush anymore

    Diet doesn't really play a big part here . Your Triggers are what you need to avoid as best you can . never put anything on your face again . always wear a hat when sunny and stay in the shade when its possible .that's all you really can do .

    And Finally Performing Arts and Rosacea don't mix . Maybe you need to get a new hobby because all you are doing here is adding Fuel to the Fire .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex R View Post
    I'm 15 and I've had what I guess you could call pre-rosacea for the past few years. The redness is persistent, but not very intense, aside from when my face is flushed. My friends often point out that I'm "blushing" a lot, especially when I'm nervous or embarrassed. I've tried a few different cremes that my dermatologist recommended, but they didn't help much. Most of them made it worse, so I immediately stopped using all of them. I've been avoiding sun exposure and other triggers as best I can.

    I heard about the alkaline diet, and decided to give it a try. I've been on the diet for about a month now, and so far its been helping reduce flare-ups. Though I have to say I there are times where a bowl of cereal sounds a lot better than an avocado and almonds.

    I'm really into the performing arts, and my rosacea makes it blatantly obvious to the crowd how nervous I am, even when I'm not that nervous. It's really embarrassing, and sometimes even stops me from getting on stage.

    So does [pre-]rosacea ever go away? I know it can be treated, but caught at its early stage, can it go away permanently if treated properly? Or will I be stuck on the alkaline diet forever in order to keep it in check?
    Hi Alex, welcome the forum ! I'm 15 years old too, it really does suck getting this at such a young age but if you treat it early you have a much better chance to get it under control / in remission. I'm into the performing arts too and ever since I got this I havent Been able to get up on the stage either without turning red and burning. It's horrible because acting is my passion
    First off you should stop all the things that are going on your face, topicals hardly do any justice for sub type 1 rosacea.
    You should continue your alkaline diet for atleast 6 months or go on an anti inflammatory diet, I have been on one and seen great results with the redness considering inflammation is one of the biggest things that contribute to rosacea. have you had any blood tests to rule out other conditions? You should also be tested for food sensitives and intolerances.
    I'm currently treating my flushing with the vbeam laser, diet, many supplements, lowering stress , avoiding triggers to the best of my ability and trying not to think about my face all the time and I've seen great results , I've had 2 vbeam treatments and seen so much improvement. I'd recommend the laser if it's a road you want to go down, because it is one of the most effective treatments for flushing and redness. There are also medications for flushing.
    I hope you find relief soon!!!

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    Welcome to the forum! I'm 16 years old but rosacea started for me when I was 14. It's good you stopped using those creams immediately. Do you know what kind they were? Stay away from steroid creams, they will just cause more problems that you don't need. That's great the alkaline diet is helping you! It's hard to get use to it but in the long run you'll be happy that you are eating healthy. Lowering your stress or anxiety level will help too. Does rosacea/any other skin problems run in your family? I left my high school to do online school because I couldn't face people anymore. Even though it's hard don't let your skin take away something you love doing. Rosacea doesn't have a cure so it's not ever going to just go away on it's own. I woke up one random morning with burning cheeks and found out I have rosacea and seb derm. Sounds like you are off to a great start and have hope!! This forum is really helpful and if you are ever feeling hopeless read success stories so you know that it's possible to find something that will work for you. Good luck! You can message me if you ever need to talk.

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    Whatever you do, don't let this stop you from doing whatever your passion is, if it is doing performing arts you should go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas View Post
    Whatever you do, don't let this stop you from doing whatever your passion is, if it is doing performing arts you should go for it!
    Mate the key to living with this disease is all about one word that one word is Prevention .

    So what ever your triggers are you have to avoid them otherwise you are back to square one every time .

    Rosacea is about You and no one else . And its impossible to live a normal social life like those people who don't have it . So you got to make adjustments .

    Now Im talking about dealing with subtype 1 rosacea naturally without any creams ,lasers, tablets or anything else a doctor would subscribe .

    Prevention/ Avoid is all you need till a cure is found .
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    Quote Originally Posted by davekelly View Post
    Mate the key to living with this disease is all about one word that one word is Prevention .

    So what ever your triggers are you have to avoid them otherwise you are back to square one every time .

    Rosacea is about You and no one else . And its impossible to live a normal social life like those people who don't have it . So you got to make adjustments .

    Now Im talking about dealing with subtype 1 rosacea naturally without any creams ,lasers, tablets or anything else a doctor would subscribe .

    Prevention/ Avoid is all you need till a cure is found .
    You can also live a social life and learn to not care about what you think that other people think about your red face. Giving up your passion is never right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas View Post
    You can also live a social life and learn to not care about what you think that other people think about your red face. Giving up your passion is never right.
    No one wants a Red Flushed face .I certainly don't and I will avoid my triggers to prevent that from happening . Simple as that and it works for me

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    I agree with Tomas.

    I've been playing the guitar since I was 6 and have been heavily involved in performing arts since then. Yes, I do have my worst flushes depending on how hot the room is and how intense the stage lights are. But I can't imagine my life without playing guitar and performing.

    If I were to avoid all my triggers then I would live a horrible life. I wouldn't be able to go to the gym, socialise, work or perform. I wouldn't have a girlfriend. I wouldn't have any friends.

    Do not give up on your passion. Try and figure out how to manage your condition as best as you can. For example, I drink loads of water and make sure I have a fan on me to keep me cool when I'm performing.

    Rosacea has led me to breaking point on multiple occasions. Without the support of my friends and family, and without music/performing, who knows where I'd be right now..

    Best of luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josef61 View Post
    I agree with Tomas.

    I've been playing the guitar since I was 6 and have been heavily involved in performing arts since then. Yes, I do have my worst flushes depending on how hot the room is and how intense the stage lights are. But I can't imagine my life without playing guitar and performing.

    If I were to avoid all my triggers then I would live a horrible life. I wouldn't be able to go to the gym, socialise, work or perform. I wouldn't have a girlfriend. I wouldn't have any friends.

    Do not give up on your passion. Try and figure out how to manage your condition as best as you can. For example, I drink loads of water and make sure I have a fan on me to keep me cool when I'm performing.

    Rosacea has led me to breaking point on multiple occasions. Without the support of my friends and family, and without music/performing, who knows where I'd be right now..

    Best of luck to you.
    I have no problem working out in the Gym , Going out for a Coffee . Working a Job that suits my Subtype 1 Rosacea

    But I would be living in fantasy land if I thought I could go out to pubs and clubs without my face Flushing .So its just not worth it .

    Know your limits and don't push the boundaries .. And I should know Ive lived with this for 21 years

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