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Rosacea Makes Socializing More Challenging, Survey Finds

In a recent NRS survey of 604 rosacea patients on the impact of rosacea on their social life, more than 88 percent said that the effect of rosacea on their appearance had attracted unwanted attention.

About two-thirds of the respondents said they avoided social situations because of their rosacea. Parties and social events were the most common venues for awkward incidents, with 70 percent of patients pointing to them. “Social activities like dancing get too painful when I have a flare-up, so my dance partners notice I feel pain,” one respondent commented.

Tips on Educating Others About Rosacea

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.

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