I have been suffering with type I rosacea for at least 20 years, and type II for around 15 years. I had the classic red mask for so long that I didn't even know I could look "normal." But, as time went on, the standard MetroGel, Finacea and antibiotic treatment just didn't control it. My persistent rosacea progressed and I developed large bumps that would come and go. When they were present, my face would be swollen and so, so painful. It would plaster my fast with make-up to try to hide my shame and pain. After years of visits to the dermatologist, my rosacea just never got any better. It went on for years upon years.
During pregnancy in 2008, I wasn't permitted to use any of my regular topical or oral treatments, so my rosacea went completely berserk. There are so many photos of myself during pregnancy or, more importantly, while my little girl was a newborn baby in which I can't see anything except my horrific skin. I'm gazing into my beautiful baby's eyes, yet I can't see the joy of the moment. I recall clearly the painfulness of my face and ugliness of my skin. Some time after my daughter was done breastfeeding, I sought out a new dermatologist. Enough was enough. I tried one doctor for about a year, and my rosacea got better, but still wasn't good enough. I wanted to get this WELL under control, and I didn't feel like that doctor was being aggressive enough.
So, I kept looking, and found Dr. Colby. Dr. Colby is so well versed in the latest rosacea and related treatments that, after listening to my story, my concerns, and all of the topicals/orals I had tried, she started me on a completely new regimen. Within just a few short weeks, my skin CLEARED UP. I barely get so much as a pimple anymore, and the redness is well under control. I'm able to wear powder mineral based makeups instead of heavy, full coverage liquids. I even feel comfortable going without makeup in public! Dr. Colby has changed my life.