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Had a quick search through the forum and saw a few helpful comments about Rosacea, but I wanted to also seek advise specifically for my current situation and find out if anyone else has experienced similar.
I'm male, late 20s, and have always tried to take care of my skin, probably more than most I'd say. Always had reasonable skin, the odd spots or dryness etc but nothing major. Then a couple of years ago I started occasionally getting redness on my nose. Itchy, sore and awful to look at - but I never had it diagnosed as Rosacea as I was always clear when I happened to go to the doc. That's the thing, it can sometimes not flare up for months and months, my skin can be perfect and then half a year down the line, from nowhere, it explodes in this awful redness.
Anyway, after trying loads of different creams and moisturisers and getting nowhere, with my GP not being enoguh help (to be fair I appreciate they aren't a skin specialist so can be limited in what they can do) I paid a lot of money to see a dermatologist privately. I brought photos as I didn't have a flare up at the time and he quickly diagnosed it as Rosacea and prescribed Mirvaso - which I'd never heard of.
Anyway, I got the stuff (pretty expensive I may add) and didn't use it until about a month ago, as I'd been all clear. It certainly seemed to work, clearing up redness on my nose very quickly. I only used a tiny bit of it on occasion initially and it was working OK. I did notice however that there seemed to be unusually white patches on my nose after using, like the opposite of Roscea but almost unnatural looking. Then small blotches appeared. I persisted and last week I used it a bit more as a flare up was on the cards. Again, it seemed to do the job but suddenly within a day or so my nose has turned completely.
Now every few hours it turns totally red, not sore or itchy like Rosacea but still awful looking and 100 times worse than I'd ever experienced before. As soon as I'm out in the cold a bit it turns red and can stay that way for hours, but when it does change back it's bizarre, like it changs in 15-20 minutes from all red to regular.
I've now stopped using the Mirvaso for a good 5 days, but my nose won't stop fluctuating between bright red and normal 3 or 4 times a day. It looks horrendous and it's driving me mad - not to mention affecting my work (it flared up moments before a meeting today) and my personal life (don't want to leave the house).
Is there any solution that can stop this? Has anyone else experienced this with Mirvaso? I wanted to try to use nothing at all on my face for a bit but I have found that using a regular moisturiser does seem to speed up the return to normal colour on my nose.
Just feel so disheartened that I've been frustrated by this for years (granted it may only affect me intermittently, but it doesn't make it any less awful when it happened) and just when I thought I'd found somethine to clear it up when it occurs I've actually made it far worse than before.
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