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August 30th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Sponsored

This post was brought to you by Act On Red, however the images and opinions are my own. For more information please visit www.actonred.ca.

As long as I remember I have gotten bright red every time I exercise. As a kid it was always horribly embarrassing. I would sit in math class, which I had right after gym in Grade 9, and feel the heat in my face and I knew I looked like a tomato.

It’s something I’ve gotten used to, something I’m even proud of, but a few month ago my face was red all over even when I wasn’t physically exerting myself. At first I thought it was a reaction to a product, but when I stopped using the one new thing I had been nothing changed. My skin was red and itchy and I started feeling terrible about myself. The red blotches were all I could see when I looked in the mirror, and I was aware of my red face all the time.

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I finally got to the doctor and got a solution. She took one look at me and told me: “Yep, rosacea.”

She gave me a prescription, but not much other information. It wasn’t until I posted about the diagnosis on social media that friends who had also experienced rosacea told me more about what causes it. Mine probably had something to do with stress.

In fact the flushing that I’ve always experienced due to exercise was probably rosacea – flushing is one of the three most common symptoms along with persistent redness and visible blood vessels. According to a recent study, heat causes 39 per cent of rosacea outbreaks.

The prescription I got worked quickly and the redness was gone within a week or two, but now I know the persistent redness, which 70 per cent of rosacea sufferers experience, can come back because of those same triggers.

I had a great resource in a friend and a family member who had both experienced rosacea, but not everyone is so lucky. That’s why I was glad to hear about the new website Act on Red [http://www.actonred.ca/rosacea], which offers tips about what causes rosacea and what you can do about it.

I suffered longer than I needed to, looking for solutions by myself rather than just going to see my doctor. Really it was a quick diagnosis and a fairly easy solution. Now I can point others who may be feeling embarrassed to this site and maybe they’ll help themselves.

This post was brought to you by Act On Red, however the images and opinions are my own. For more information please visit www.actonred.ca.

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