My hair is naturally a light red brown. At least I think it still is. You see I have been dying it since it started turning red in high school. Notable redhead Katherine Stone was horrified to learn that I dyed my hair. And I get what she is saying. Being a redhead is awesome.
Unless you have a red face too.
As long as I can remember, I have had “sensitive skin”. My mom blamed the redness on too much sun as a kid and the dermatologist blamed it on acne in high school and college. But after I grew up and went through a few hellish rounds of Accutane, my face still was red.
There were several suggested causes…
Red wine? I switched to beer
Too much sun? I wore hats and SPF even in the dead of winter.
Irritating makeup? I stopped wearing it.
But still I remained pink.
Until finally as doctor mentioned Rosacea. Finally I had a diagnosis and a method for fighting it. Now I feel like whispering it to every red faced girl I see:
“There’s a way out!”
And I may even stop dying my hair. After all if Cynthia Nixon can pull it off, then I should be able to too!
If this is all sounding a bit too familiar and you think you might suffer from Rosacea, you can learn about rosacea on the Rosacea Facts website.
Did you know that rosacea is a common skin condition that affects over 16 million Americans, while only 10% of sufferers are being treated? Rosacea is a vascular condition believed to be caused by inflammation with symptoms that include facial redness, pimples and eye irritation. But the real damage often lies underneath the skin with a person’s self-esteem. Because rosacea affects the face, people with this condition can often experience embarrassment and stress.
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