In September last year, I went to see my dermatologist Dr Andrew Freeman from The Skin Centre on the Gold Coast. It was time for my annual skin check, a review of my perioral dermatitis and a general skin chat.
During this appointment, he also diagnosed my facial redness, flushed cheeks, broken blood vessels, and dry, rough texture around my nose as the early signs of rosacea.
I guess I shouldn't have been shocked. I've had naturally-flushed cheeks my whole life that become more obvious when stressed, embarrassed, hot or drinking alcohol.
Naturally, I Googled more about rosacea immediately after my appointment and found out:
"Rosacea can affect anyone (UM OK) but is most common in middle-aged women (hang on, I'm 30...) who have light skin (check, I'm basically transparent) and Celtic or Scandinavian ancestors (yep, my family is Irish/English/Norwegian)."
OK OK OK I get it; my dermatologist was right. I had rosacea, and not long after I just got my perioral dermatitis under control.