I have lived a long time w/ T1 diabetes to find out that the autoimmune issues it brings are not confined to my pancreas:) Seems my reddened, inflammed face may also be one of them. Did not notice it until my 20’s and worsened in my late 30’s and 40’s. Sometimes my face feels like it is on fire…I hear comments like…“oh, you have a sunburn” or “love your rosy cheeks!”. Rosacea is a chronic inflammation of the epidermis…likely leaking capillaries of the face related in some way to my other manifestations of autoimmunity. As a look back, I see it in Aunts/Uncles, sisters…and my beloved grandparents…all from Northeastern Europe and likely carrying some form of the genes that resulted in my T1 diabetes, their throid issues and my father’s painful battle w/ Alzheimers. We learn so much more about the origins of autoimmune diseases every day and how they relate to one another…I suspect, in the future that is what we will be treating…not T1 specifically.
So, my question is…how many of you have rosacea and what works best to treat it for you? I have found that nothing works really well, but Finacea//azeliac acid seems to be the best right now…Metrogel worked for a while. I invite you to share your experiences…even horror stories of reddened faces in a fit of college drinking (yes, some have pictures to prove it happened to me!).