Information for Patients

If You Have Rosacea, You're Not Alone

An estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea, yet only a small fraction are being treated. In addition to raising public awareness and supporting research, the National Rosacea Society provides information that may help rosacea patients better understand their disorder and more effectively manage its signs and symptoms.

To learn more about rosacea, its symptoms and treatment, read All About Rosacea. In Faces of Rosacea, view patient photographs depicting the signs and symptoms of the disorder, while Treatment Photos provide a before-and-after look at some treatment options. You may also want to read the Rosacea FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions in a variety of categories. For information on Medical Therapy and other measures to control rosacea, read Management Options, and download the new Management Options for Rosacea patient handout, which provides an overview of available treatment options addressing each of rosacea’s signs and symptoms, also known as phenotypes.

In the Causes of Rosacea section, learn about research into the potential causes of this chronic disease, from Demodex mites to the innate immune system. For more information about Demodex, read about the Ecology of Your Face: Demodex, Rosacea and You.

If you are currently not addressing your condition, When to See a Doctor explains the right time to make an appointment — and What to Do Now takes you through next steps once you've started treatment. The Rosacea Triggers charts list lifestyle and environmental factors that may aggravate the condition, while Skin Care & Cosmetics provides guidance on caring for your skin and its appearance, including Makeup Tips. In Seborrheic Dermatitis, a common concurrent condition is also discussed.

It Works for Me is a venue for sharing reports from rosacea patients, as well as physicians, who have written over the years to tell us, "I tried this, and it works for me," in hopes that they might help other rosacea sufferers with their individual conditions.

The Rosacea Review is a newsletter with information on new research, surveys, tips and other activities of interest. Read it online or become a member to receive it by mail.

Patient Education Materials

The Society provides the following materials to NRS members:

  • Rosacea Review, the newsletter of the National Rosacea Society.
  • Understanding Rosacea, an introductory booklet incorporating the new standard classification system for rosacea.
  • Managing Rosacea, a patient guide for controlling this chronic and often complex disorder.
  • Coping with Rosacea, a patient guide to moderating or eliminating those lifestyle and environmental factors that aggravate rosacea signs and symptoms.
  • Management Options for Rosacea, a free patient handout that provides an overview of available treatment options addressing each of rosacea’s signs and symptoms, also known as phenotypes.
  • Recognizing Redness, a patient guide to the most common sign of rosacea.
  • Rosacea Diary, a booklet containing diary pages to help patients identify and avoid their personal rosacea triggers.

If you have questions, please email the Society at, telephone toll-free at 1-888-NO-BLUSH, or write the National Rosacea Society, 4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste. 103, Chicago IL 60640.

Physician Finder has links to lists of dermatologists, ophthalmologists and dermatologic surgeons by location nationwide, including professional members of the National Rosacea Society.