Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

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    Question Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    Ok, i found this forum about a week ago ive been reading and absorbing information from all the threads and now my head hurts and im more confused than ever.


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    Thats pretty much how may face looks all the time!

    Red Cheeks!


    Iam a 21 year old male, My cheeks are constantly intense red, (ive had them since as long as i can remember), but appear to have no bumps or pimples that are associated with KPRF, although i do have the scattered pimples on the tops of my arms.

    i have a few tiny blood vessels appearing at the tip of my cheek just under my eye where the redness is at its peek.

    i am not red any where else just my cheeks not my nose etc


    I get flushed at any given moment, heat, cold, and it is highly annoying to hear the 'Why are you so red' scenario, if this happens on a night out i will more often than not just walk out of the club and go home. i will blush because of the redness in social situations this makes life even worse.



    I Have Tried

    Zen Med - Support syrum, face mask etc - (didnt work)
    Green Cream retinol level 6 (didnt work)

    Currently Trying

    3-4g of Evening Primrose oil capsules per day as reccomended on the forum, i have been on this for 3 days and have not seen any such results yet, but supposidly it takes up to 2 weeks to a month to see any. I hope this works!

    I Will Not Try

    Paxil
    Laser Treatments

    Thinking of Trying

    Bathing in Epsom Salts to try and reduce my red face.


    My Question!

    How have you reduced your red cheeks?, What have you used that greatly reduce your red cheeks, i do not want to know how you have got rid of KP ( the pimples) all i want to get rid of is the red cheeks,

    So hit me with it, what has worked for you! i really want to get some confidence in my life! maybe some one has a cure that works for me too!
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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    When you say "My cheeks are constantly intense red, (ive had them since as long as i can remember), " - were they this red when you were a child or did they get redder in your teenage years??? Also did the redness get worse around the time the bumps appeared on your arms?

    Have you ever talked to your Doctor about it or been referred to a dermatologist? If so what was their diagnosis. A lot of things can cause redness so if you haven't already it would be good to get a medical opinion on what is going on with your skin.

    As far as the redness goes - if the blood vessels are damaged you will probably find Pulse Dye Laser treatment the best at reducing their abnormal redness (i.e. the broken ones under your eye can probably only be fixed with a laser).

    For me PDL was the thing that helped most in permanently getting rid of the bright redness in my cheeks. Is there a strong reason why you do not want to consider PDL????

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    Thanks for the response Anne,

    1. Theyve been red since i was very little, but have gradually got worse as ive got older so at primary school about age 5 , they were sort of pink, now there really red at 21 years. ive never taken any notice of the bumps on my arms only when i was at high school around 14 i noticed them i guess this is when my cheeks were starting to be consitanly bright red.

    2. Ive never talked to a doctor or derm, i ask my mum once when i was younger but she had no answer, im guessing shes never herd of this skin complait before.

    3. I just dont want to make things worse if something in the treatment goes wrong, scaring and such, i might try a cream to try and reduce the broken vessels if you know of one,

    How many PDL treatments did you have? and what percent of redness has it taken away? were your cheeks similar to mine with no bumps etc?

    I really apreciate the reply, Thanks

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    Hi exitmusic, i also have/had vicious redness just on my cheeks (with bumps), but over the past 3 weeks have seen an improvement. I began taking EPO around 2 months ago, and began taking SSRI meds around 2 weeks ago. Maybe its just one of them, maybe its a mixture of both, but i have DEFINATELY seen an improvement in the intensisity of the redness.

    I can also say while you might think taking Paxil or other SSRI's may have negative side effects, they seem to have worked for me. They somehow make you stop worrying as much, which in turn reduces the flushing. I am in the UK so was given Seraltrine.

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    I have the exact same condition as you. You do have keratosis pilaris rubra faceii. After many years of trying litrally everything, I have pretty much entirely got rid of it. Things which work:

    Surface Redness:

    Finacea: A cream which softens keratin.

    Redness reducing moisturisers: Soothes red irritated skin and masks redness.


    Flushing:

    SSRI's (Paxil etc) Not sure how its so effective, the increased amount of seratonin must override the flush reaction.

    Lasers: I had a laser specifically for flushing, nd:Yag which targets deeper blood vessels.

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    Hi Andy,
    1. While you were on just on EPO did you start seeing an improvement, and if so after how many weeks, how much were you taking per day, which brand was it?

    2. im becoming even more curious about paxil even though there are a few side effects, brain shocks, addiction etc (im pretty sure if i wanted to stop taking them i could)

    Hi Fadeout

    1. Does the finacea gel reduce redness aswell or does it just treat the keratin?

    2. Which Redness reducing moisturisers do you use, i havent tried any yet so i might as well try something that might work!


    Im tempted to Try

    Dermatologica Redness Relief
    This stuff is really soothing and green tinted, both calming skin redness and masking it.

    Kava Kava
    This stuff really keeps you calm and mellow, thus reducing flushing.

    Dr Nick Lowe Redness Correcting Cream
    This is by far the best moisturiser to combat red skin. It has active ingredients to combat and block red skin and also is skin color tinted to mask redness.

    Finacea Gel - I live in UK and would need a prescription for this ! any one live in canada get me some! lol

    As Found In this post:
    http://www.keratosispilaris.org/kprf...g-redness.html

    I also found this a very insightfull post by fadeout http://www.keratosispilaris.org/kprf...oticeable.html

    My cheeks are really warm all the time as well so i would need something soothing, which could i use as a good combo with each other to get a good all round redness mask!

    Thanks for the info, i eagerly await your responses, i still have hope because of people like you!
    Last edited by exitmusic; 02-01-2009 at 09:41 PM.

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    Without a diagnosis from a derm it is hard to know exactly what you are treating. Your skin is obviously not happy about something.

    I was diagnosed with the KP variants KPAF & UO and medical reports showed PDL was successful in treating redness caused by these so it was easy to choose this option. The redness reduced from dark red to more a dark pink after two treatments. PDL has also been shown on this forum to help KPRF.

    However as you haven't got a clear diagnosis you are probably best to try some of the milder treatments to see if they work. I still noticed a slight reduction in redness and a more 'behaved' skin with the use of omega 3 oils. I have been taking them sparadically over the last year. Sometimes an omega 3 supplement, sometimes fish oil. I believe it has helped calm my skin and give it a better texture. You will find with these supplements that it is a long term thing and if the condition is severe it probably won't 'remove' it but it may well help it.

    Apart from that I would recommend you get to see a derm as it is obviously annoying you and to really move forward and try and treat the redness you need to have an idea of what is causing all.

    wishing you all the best with this

    Anne

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    I also have this

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    I have the same exact problem, exitmusic, will you message me your email address. I wanted to trade some pics, I think my condition is the exact same. I'm sick of it!!! Been to the derm a bunch of times and get the same unhelpful answers and drugs. Thanks
    If your sick of it, let's figure it out and beat this ego crushing disorder!!

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    im just new this have read a lot of threads about kprf i have the exact same as exitmusic i have this debilitating condition for at least 14 yrs just constant redness flushing when i have a hot shower my face boils up hot food alcohol exercise cold weather. at the moment im trying cellfood i read it before on a thread a said id give it a try so far my flushes have stopped even when i eat hot food im only taking it for over a week so must give it chance i just wanna get rid of my redness sick to death of it.

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    Quote Originally Posted by exitmusic View Post
    Ok!

    hi exitmusic - sorry for quoting the OP but i thought you may get an email notification

    i have had red cheeks for as long as i can remember too - and i have come to live with it nowadays, my friends accept me for who i am and have occasional banter etc. i obviously want to get rid of them though, and have been searching the internet for a while. my GP said that there is nothing she could think of apart from makeup but obvs being a guy i didnt want that...!!

    i am usually quite tanned as i go on hol every couple of months, so usually do stay a nice glowing colour, which helps the redness blend in.

    i am now nearly 20, and think that its about time for my cheeks to become a normal skin colour rather than being red. if you do have any luck with your new meds please let me know - either in this thread or pm!

    another question though... do you sweat much? i.e. is your body temp usually hotter than colder?

    i have tried to attach a couple of photos but i can't until i get over 15 posts. i will PM you them on reply

    cheers, dubby

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    hi all I have KPRF and was wondering if anyone knows a remedy for the rf of my cheeks less noticeable

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    Quote Originally Posted by exitmusic View Post
    My cheeks are constantly intense red[/B], (ive had them since as long as i can remember), but appear to have no bumps or pimples that are associated with KPRF, although i do have the scattered pimples on the tops of my arms......

    ----I get flushed at any given moment, heat, cold, and it is highly annoying to hear the 'Why are you so red' scenario, if this happens on a night out i will more often than not just walk out of the club and go home. i will blush because of the redness in social situations this makes life even worse.
    What is the difference between constantly intense red and flushed? Is your face always, like 24/7 as red on the picture?

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    Re: Red Cheeks - (Possibly KPRF) How do you get rid of the redness?

    hi

    I have redness in my cheek always also also I have bumps on my arms . im 27 years old and when I was a child i got kp .Also when I eat hot food my cheek wores red .

    I use sunblock spf 30 everyday .and eat fish oil and multy witamins everyday
    Tomorrow I want to go pdl laser test . i want to clear redness on my cheek for ever .

    dose any one test pdl laser ?
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