Confessions of a Red Faced Girl

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.

Find out more:
RosaceaFacts website
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Twitter Hashtag: #RosaceaFacts

About Rosacea
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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  1. Yay for finding a solution, and I gotta say… I want to see you as a redhead, Kate! I think you’d be gorgeous red 🙂

  2. Wow, I can’t picture you as a redhead! Although, to be honest, I don’t see you as very red-faced, either. I think you should give it a shot.

  3. Anything that affects the face can affect self-esteem. I’m glad that there’s a treatment for rosacea that works. Good luck on the ambassadorship.

  4. Angie Bailey says:

    I’m a natural redhead myself. I’ve never had to deal with rosacea but I have had pityriasis rosea once which was horrible. My skin is very sensitive to the sun and many fabrics and chemicals and I have eczematous like rashes often.

  5. Another rosacea sufferer here. I can do certain shades of red, but not deep auburn. I look like a beet if I go that route. But light reds are fine for balance.

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