Insensitive questions about facial appearance can be frustrating and embarrassing, but they also serve as opportunities to put people at ease and clear up any misconceptions. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated this coming April as Rosacea Awareness Month to help educate the public on rosacea. In addition, here are some tips on how to talk to people about the condition and share information.
Start by mentioning you have a facial condition common to many adults. With more than 16 million Americans suffering from rosacea, you are part of a very large group. If the other person is unaware of rosacea, he or she may not know how common it is.
Some people may associate red faces and noses with heavy drinking, or confuse papules and pustules 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 teetotaler.
Describe the fluctuating nature of rosacea, and 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 help control the condition with medication.
It can also be helpful to keep a copy of Rosacea Review or a booklet about rosacea handy 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. NRS members can order patient materials at no cost.
The National Rosacea Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with rosacea by raising awareness, providing public health information and supporting medical research on this widespread but little-known disorder. The information the Society provides should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace
consultation with a qualified physician. The Society does not evaluate, endorse or recommend any particular medications, products, equipment or treatments. Rosacea may vary substantially from one patient to another, and treatment must be tailored by a physician for each individual case. For more information, visit About Us.