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Survey Reveals Rosacea Patients Often Have Other Skin Conditions

Rosacea patients may often suffer from other skin conditions in addition to dealing with the effects of their rosacea, according to a new survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society.

"It's common for people to experience more than one skin condition, especially as they grow older," said Dr. James Del Rosso, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Nevada. "While the potential signs and symptoms of rosacea itself can be quite varied, it is important to consider the possibility of other skin disorders as well."

In the survey of 1,077 rosacea patients, 77 percent said they have also been diagnosed with another skin condition. Of those reporting other skin conditions, acne (acne vulgaris) was most common, with 28 percent indicating they experience it in addition to having rosacea, followed by non-melanoma skin cancer (shiny or firm red bumps or spots) for 27 percent. Seborrheic dermatitis (a red, scaly, itchy rash often on the face) was reported by 23 percent, and warts were noted by 24 percent.

Other commonly reported conditions included seborrheic keratosis (dark, thickened spots often from aging), 16 percent; actinic keratosis (precancerous rough spots from sun damage), 14 percent; contact dermatitis (skin rash from allergens or irritants), 18 percent; and psoriasis (red, scaly patches), 15 percent.

Less frequently reported skin conditions included benign tumors, 7 percent; melanoma skin cancer (cancerous moles), 6 percent; folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles), 5 percent; perioral dermatitis (tiny bumps and redness around the mouth), 3 percent; photodermatitis (itchy, red, bumpy spots or rashes in response to light), 3 percent; and lupus erythematosus (butterfly-shaped facial rash or other signs due to an autoimmune disorder), 2 percent.

Forty-eight percent of the respondents said they are being treated for another skin condition in addition to treatment for rosacea. Most of them, 69 percent, said that other treatment had not aggravated their rosacea, and 95 percent said their other skin condition was under control.

Despite being burdened by more than one skin disorder, 87 percent of these survey respondents said their rosacea was also under control with treatment.