Whatever Wednesdays: The Scream

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For the past month and a half I've felt like this...

Well, not 100 % emotionally, physically -- more specifically, my face.  Since mid-August I've been suffering from the worst rosacea flare-up ever!  In the past, it was a spot here or there, but now I have huge patches on my cheeks.  They're scaly, severely parched and red.  Pyschologically it's created a horrible feedback loop; I stress from the severity of the itching and burning, I scratch in my sleep and grow scared whenever I enter the gym.  I constantly wonder... Will the sweat burn my skin beyond belief?  Will the sweat expose the redness and can anyone see what I've been feeling?

I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and he prescribed me antibiotics, yet lo and behold they haven't worked!  Thus continuing the suffering.  I've avoided the sun at all cost, I cut out red wine and spicy food from my diet and try to apply a cold compress after each gym session.  Still, here I sit, red-faced and wondering when this bout of rosacea will end.

Please tell me it gets better.

That there is light at the end of this tunnel.

Romina, my brow gal, has been super supportive by doing research about rosacea in an effort to help hydrate my skin.  In two weeks time we're trying out a facial she thinks will help.  *Fingers Crossed*

To Scott: thank you for letting me whinge and for looking beyond the constant "blushing".

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