Rosacea has a formidable opponent in Beverly Kuykendall. The 53-year-old computer assistant from Texas was diagnosed with the disorder more than 20 years ago, but she has never let her guard down in the battle against rosacea's signs and symptoms. She arms herself with as much knowledge about the condition as possible, so much that friends refer to her as a "cornucopia of information."
"I read any article about rosacea that I can get my hands on and I keep them all organized in folders," Beverly said. "If I see something new that I think might work, I bring the article along to my next doctor's visit and ask about it."
Beverly said her first symptoms were redness and little white bumps that "drove me nuts." She said she sought help from her dermatologist immediately because she was determined to take care of the problem before it got worse.
She credits her good insurance with affording her the opportunity to visit her dermatologist regularly and seek advice about new therapies and skin-care products. "My symptoms never got too bad because I kept going back to my doctor," she said.
In addition to adjusting her medical therapy when necessary, Beverly's doctor also advised her to use sunscreen year-round, saying that parking lots, concrete and water can all intensify the strong Texas sun. She now uses a product with SPF 100 and also wears a wide-brimmed hat whenever she goes out in the sun.
As part of her battle against rosacea, Beverly has identified her individual triggers -- salsa and wine, in particular -- and does her best to avoid them. "Salsa can be addicting, but I try to stay away from it," she laughed.
Beverly has also found makeup to be her ally in the fight against rosacea. She said she uses a yellow concealer that helps to hide the redness.
When asked if she has any advice for fellow rosacea sufferers, Beverly responded enthusiastically: "Be determined and stay informed. Read whatever you can about rosacea. If you have good insurance, take advantage of it and see your dermatologist regularly."