Like many rosacea sufferers
my symptoms developed in my teens when my face was prone to flushing
a bright red whenever I became embarrassed, was told off, or
took part in physical exercise and sports.
This was later to develop into
full blown rosacea in my early thirties when the redness would
appear on my cheeks and nose and last for several weeks at a
time. I do not know why I got rosacea but I have the typical
traits of most sufferers. I live in the western world (in England)
and have very fair skin. It is estimated that around 1 in 10
people have rosacea although many do not realise it. In the USA
alone, there are believed to be 13 million sufferers.
As well as the redness on the
central part of my face, I also had another flare up connected
to my rosacea affecting my eye which is on the whole less common.
Periodically, one of my eyelids in particularly, would swell
up and a day or so later a stye would develop. This would become
quite sore and extremely unsightly and although I initially tried
using ointment purchase from the chemist to reduce the swelling
and eradicate the stye I found a natural and far cheaper way
to combat this rosacea symptom.