Matthew Trumble of England was just 28 years old when his first signs of rosacea developed -- three large, hard spots on his face. A confident young man, Trumble assumed the problem would just sort itself out, so he left it alone.
However, the condition began to spread across his face. "It became harrowing," he said.
"When my rosacea was at its worst, I got very depressed and didn't even want to go outside or speak to anyone," Trumble said. "Even worse, I got very little attention from the ladies."
His personal distress seemed to aggravate his face even more. When his unsightly facial appearance was finally more than he could bear, Trumble sought medical advice. He was diagnosed with rosacea, prescribed a medication and advised to moisturize his facial skin.
"I moisturize heavily in the morning and whenever I feel itching," Trumble said. "My face loves it and can't seem to get enough."
Although prior to rosacea Trumble thought little of taking care of his facial skin, he now has a careful skin-care routine.
"Shaving used to aggravate my face, causing red and angry post-shave blotches," he said. "Now I shave only once a day, at night before I go to bed. Then, I moisturize and apply my medication. This gives my face a good night's sleep to recover."
Trumble said he looks for moisturizers for sensitive skin that are steroid free.
"There was a point where I thought I had tried everything and it just wouldn't go away," he said. "But just as they say, 'It's always darkest before dawn,' I finally hit on my current routine and saw immediate results."