Since knowledge leads to understanding, taking the initiative to inform others about rosacea can put them at ease and make a difference in relationships with others. Here are some ways you can pass on information about rosacea to family, friends, acquaintances and co-workers.
Look for opportune moments to discuss rosacea. When the conversation seems right, casually mention you have rosacea, a facial condition that affects an estimated 13 million Americans and is becoming more prevalent as the baby boom generation enters the most susceptible ages.
Dispel myths. Some people associate red faces and noses with heavy drinking, and acne-like symptoms with poor hygiene. Point out that both are untrue in the case of rosacea. Rosacea is unrelated to hygiene and, while alcohol can aggravate the disorder, the symptoms can be just as severe in a teetotaller.
Describe the fluctuating nature of rosacea. Explain how rosacea causes redness, bumps and pimples that can become worse during a flare-up. Let them know you try to avoid personal rosacea triggers and control the condition with medication.
Keep rosacea information on hand. Keep a copy of Rosacea Review or a booklet about rosacea in your home or office for those who are interested in more information. They may know someone else with rosacea symptoms who should see a dermatologist for diagnosis and appropriate therapy.
If they want further information, let them know about the National Rosacea Society. They can fill out our Materials Request Form or call our toll-free number, 1-888-NO-BLUSH, for materials at no charge.