Stress is one of the most common causes of rosacea flare-ups. In a recent survey, the National Rosacea Society delved deeper into the nuances of this top trigger, revealing the frequency and causes of stress that many people with rosacea report as problematic.
In the survey of 544 rosacea patients, 62% of respondents said they experience a flare-up as a result of stress at least once a month. About 11% said it was a daily occurrence, and nearly 19% said it happens every few days, while about 8% said it happens once a week, 17% said it occurs every few weeks and 7% said once a month. Twenty percent reported a rosacea outbreak due to stress only every few months.
Family problems were the top cause of stress triggering a flare-up, cited by 48% of survey respondents. Anxiety was the leading form of emotional stress, cited by 79% of the survey respondents, followed by worry, named by 61%.
The good news is that more than two thirds of survey respondents said they have been able to minimize the causes of stress and their reactions to stress to reduce their rosacea flare-ups, and more than 46% said that medical therapy has helped to reduce the frequency of stress-related flare-ups.