Ask most single people today, and they'll probably tell you that dating isn't easy. But if you have rosacea, you may feel you have more hurdles to overcome. Maybe you think others won't find you attractive. Perhaps you avoid going out altogether during a flare-up.
If your self-confidence wavers because of your rosacea, you aren't alone. More than 13 million people in the United States have the condition, and it's estimated that most have experienced self-esteem problems because of it. But the truth is, almost everyone has insecurities when it comes to meeting other people. And although yours may stem from a more visible cause, those dating doubts can be overcome. Here's how.
1. Take control of your symptoms.
Finding someone who cares about more than just your appearance is the goal. But it's still important to manage your rosacea and achieve the best complexion possible. Why? Because it makes you feel better—both inside and out. According to a National Rosacea Society survey, 70 percent of people with rosacea said that their emotional well-being improved when their rosacea was effectively treated. Most reported an improvement in their social lives, as well.
When you feel good, people enjoy being around you. Confidence is attractive. To help control your symptoms, work closely with your doctor and always follow your treatment plan.
2. Sidestep your triggers.
To help avoid a rosacea flare-up, identify and avoid your triggers. Be assertive. Your date may not be aware that a dinner of spicy Mexican food or a day at the beach can cause havoc on your skin. Suggest an outing that helps you take care of yourself.
3. Put your best face forward.
Don't be afraid to use makeup to look and feel good. Cosmetics can help play up your best features as well as conceal visible blood vessels, flushing, and other rosacea symptoms. Just be sure to educate yourself. Your dermatologist can help you choose products that are safe for your skin. And a cosmetologist can teach you how to correctly apply the makeup for best results.
4. Be open about your condition.
Many people you meet probably don't know much about rosacea. As a result, you may get questions about it or even a few funny looks. Although this can be difficult, try not to be sensitive. The questions or stares may not be intended as negative—rather, simply caused by curiosity. Use these times as an opportunity to educate others about the condition and dispel any myths. For example, let others know that rosacea isn't contagious, and it isn't caused by drinking alcohol.
5. Stay positive.
You may not be able to control the condition of your skin each day, but you can control how you present yourself. Stand tall, smile, and be proud of who you are. Let your personality shine through. Remember, there's a lot more to you than your rosacea. Make sure others have the benefit of seeing it. Who knows, it may just be Mr. or Ms. "Right."