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    11 Things People Living With Rosacea Want You To Know

    It's not just rosy cheeks.

    I'm Lex Gillies. I'm a beauty blogger, and I have rosacea.

    Lex Gillies

    But what on earth *is* rosacea? Let me give you the lowdown. I spoke to Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, to offer both first-person and professional points of view on the condition and how to control it.

    1. Certain people are more likely to get rosacea.

    2. No one is sure what causes it.

    3. Currently there is no cure.

    4. It's not the same as acne.

    5. It's not a "pretty" condition.

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    If I had a pound for every time someone said "but rosy cheeks are so cute" or used the words "healthy glow" in regards to rosacea, I would have enough money for a face transplant. Blushing is fine – a vivid purple, itchy and sore face is not.

    6. It's affected by many things, both physical and psychological.

    7. Keep track of your triggers.

    8. SPF is your new best friend.

    9. People are still ignorant about the appearance of rosacea.

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    It's a sad fact but, everyone judges on appearance, even if they don't realise they're doing it. I've had many hurtful comments in the past 10 years from those who don't understand why my face looks the way it does.

    I've had comments that people perhaps wouldn't say to someone with a more well-known condition (e.g. acne or eczema): Every summer someone will say, "Looks like someone caught the sun at the weekend!" People have said, "You're blushing, do you fancy him?!" Others have questioned my competence at work because I looked "flustered". I've been told that I wear too much makeup.

    Girls in bar toilets have looked at me like I'm having a breakdown because I'm pressing my boiling-hot face to the cold wall tiles in a desperate attempt to cool down. I'm still learning to either ignore or try to educate people on their comments, but it does get easier.

    10. You will have days where you don't want to leave the house.

    11. Visit your GP.

    For more information, visit The National Rosacea Society.

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