A recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reviewed epidemiological studies of rosacea in people of color and offered tips on how to better recognize its signs and symptoms in darker skin.
While the treatment may be the same as in lighter skin, diagnosing rosacea in patients with dark skin types may be more challenging, according to Dr. Andrew Alexis, associate professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, during a session at the summer meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in New York.
Rosacea in skin of color is uncommon but not rare, according to Dr. Andrew Alexis, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University, during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
“The features of rosacea – transient redness that becomes more permanent – may be subtle and difficult to detect, especially on an individual with very dark skin,” he said. But patients may report flushing or a sensation of warmth in response to typical rosacea trigger factors as well as an intolerance of many products applied to facial skin, he noted.