A recent study conducted by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine found a correlation between rosacea severity and level of depression.
The study asked 195 rosacea patients at a university dermatology clinic to complete a questionnaire on depression. The results showed a direct statistical relationship between the severity of rosacea signs and symptoms and the degree of depression. Around 31 percent of rosacea patients reported some level of depression. Twenty-two percent had minimal depression symptoms, 7 percent had minor depression, 1 percent had moderate major depression and 1 percent had severe major depression.
Patients assessed the severity of their own rosacea symptoms on a 0-10 scale, with responses ranging from 2 (least severe) to 8 (most severe). The researchers found that patients with more serious levels of depression were more likely to have more severe rosacea symptoms: the average rosacea severity for patients with severe major depression was 5.5, whereas the average rosacea severity for patients without depression was 3.1.
Although only about a third of rosacea patients in the study suffered from some form of depression, the investigators noted that depression is associated with poor adherence to medical treatment. Rosacea can have a serious impact on mental health, but it’s also important to remember that this is a treatable condition. Through medical diagnosis and treatment, patients have the opportunity to improve not only their complexion but also their mental health and quality of life.
Alinia H, Cardwell L, Tuchayi SM, et al. Screening for depression in rosacea patients. Cutis 2018; 102:36-38.