I’ve mentioned on a few of my social media accounts that I’ve been having some skin troubles recently. You see, I have rosacea with cystic acne, and it flares up really badly in the winter time. And this winter has been especially bad for my face.
I developed a large cyst on my jawline about four months ago, which grew humongous to the point it was pressing on a nerve from the inside (causing me pain down to my chin and up to my ear!). I went to a doctor for it today.
I’m happy to report that the doctor was wonderful and did a fantastic job. My cyst was drained (gross) and I was given a long run of antibiotics. I was also given Metrogel for my rosacea.
I’d had Metrogel in the past and it worked wonders on my skin; however, my insurance stopped covering it because they deemed it a “vanity” product — and I couldn’t afford to buy it without the insurance’s help, so I had to go without.
When I told the doctor about this, she was livid. She called up the insurance company herself and advocated for them to cover it for me, stating that my rosacea is REALLY bad and that the medication wasn’t just for “beauty” purposes, that it’s a necessity. And they relented! I was so happy. And I can’t thank that doctor enough for going above and beyond on my behalf.
So how bad is my skin, exactly?
Well, I wear makeup in most selfies, so it’s probably not TOO noticeable to most of you (I hope!). Perhaps you can see some little lumps under my foundation, but I look otherwise “normal.” Well, I’m going to share a non-makeup selfie with you now:
That was taken last month. My face is even worse now.
And yet, here’s me earlier this week with makeup:
If there’s one good thing I can say about the mess my face has become over the last couple of years, it’s that it’s really upped my makeup game!
I use mostly Maybelline and Be a Bombshell Cosmetics to cover all that redness on my face. Yep. Just cheap “drugstore” brand cosmetics. They really do the trick!
I know a lot of lady folks who get guff for wearing makeup and I think that’s just silly. Makeup is a wonderful thing. It can enhance your beauty, if used well. And, for some women (like I am), it’s what makes us feel remotely HUMAN again. I find my non-makeup face horrifying — at least for now — and I find cosmetics a true blessing.
I’m looking forward to clear (skin) days ahead!
Until next time,