For the first time, consumers shopping for skin care products and cosmetics that are suitable for people who suffer from rosacea — a chronic red-faced skin disorder affecting 1 in 20 Americans that is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions — will be able to look for a Seal of Acceptance from the National Rosacea Society (NRS). More information about the Seal and a directory of products may be found in the new Seal of Acceptance section of rosacea.org.
“One of the most common requests the NRS receives from rosacea patients is for information and advice about which skin care and cosmetic products are appropriate to use,” said Andrew Huff, president and executive director of the NRS. “We are pleased to offer this resource to rosacea sufferers by recognizing products that have been shown to be unlikely to cause irritation or a flare-up.”
Sensitive and easily irritated skin is a common issue for people with rosacea, which is estimated to affect 16 million Americans and as many as 415 million people worldwide. In NRS surveys, 92% of rosacea sufferers reported burning, stinging or itching skin; 66% named certain skin care or cosmetic products as triggers for rosacea signs and symptoms; and 84% were “very interested” in more guidance on skin care.
“Senté is honored to partner with the National Rosacea Society on this program to improve the lives of patients by making rosacea-friendly products easier to identify and source,” said Zubin Meshginpoosh, president and COO of Senté, whose Dermal Repair Cream was the first product to receive the seal. “We are committed to helping those with rosacea, and hope the seal program serves as a guide to those looking for products like ours that won’t exacerbate their condition.”
In the Seal of Acceptance section of rosacea.org, rosacea patients and consumers may find a list of accepted products, including a photo and description of each product and a link to learn more and purchase. The list is searchable and sortable by product category and brand, and new Seal recipients will be added on an ongoing basis. The following products have received the NRS Seal of Acceptance at launch:
- Bee Rx Rosacea Rescue
- Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation
- Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Glow Illuminating Foundation
- Laura Geller Double Take Baked Full Coverage Foundation
- Prequel Gleanser Non-Drying Glycerin Cleanser
- Prequel Sun Barrier Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++
- Prequel Universal Skin Solution Dermal Spray
- Senté Dermal Repair Cream
- Serica Rosacea Formula
- Skinfix barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
The Seal of Acceptance program was developed under the guidance of Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, FAAD, a clinical and research dermatologist and president of Dermatology Consulting Services, PLLC, who is a well-known authority on skin care and serves on the NRS board of directors. To be considered for the Seal, skin care and cosmetic products must be free of ingredients that cause skin barrier dysfunction, vasomotor instability (flushing) or unwanted neurosensory stimulation, such as burning or itching. Each product earning the Seal of Acceptance has gone through clinical testing to determine safety and low risk for irritation and sensitization in people with rosacea skin. Applications are anonymously reviewed by an independent panel of dermatologists.
Companies interested in pursuing the Seal, to be displayed on accepted product packaging, may learn more and request an application online or by contacting the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosacea is a chronic disorder of the facial skin that is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. According to the updated standard classification of rosacea, the presence of persistent facial redness (erythema) or, less commonly, phymatous changes where the facial skin thickens is considered diagnostic of the disorder. Additional major signs, which often appear with the diagnostic features, include bumps and pimples (papules and pustules), flushing, visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) and certain eye manifestations. The presence of two or more major features independent of the diagnostic signs is also considered diagnostic of rosacea, and secondary signs and symptoms include burning or stinging, swelling and dry appearance.
About the National Rosacea Society
The National Rosacea Society is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of the estimated 16 million Americans who suffer from this widespread but poorly understood disorder. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit's mission is to raise awareness of rosacea, provide public health information on the disorder and support medical research that may lead to improvements in its management, prevention and potential cure. Learn more at rosacea.org.