Spring 2014

Change in Skin Care Bolsters Treatment Outcome

While the two cornerstones of rosacea care are complying with prescribed medical therapy and avoiding personal triggers, a third component, appropriate skin care, can also play a role in coping with the condition. In fact, Eileen Schwartz, a rosacea patient from Oregon, credits much of her success in managing her rosacea to a simple change in her skin-care routine.

Tips for Deflecting Hurtful Comments

While most people are not intentionally cruel, sometimes they say things without thinking.  A joke about an alcoholic’s red, bulbous nose, for instance, can be particularly painful to someone who suffers from rhinophyma (thickening of skin around the nose).  Here are some suggestions for dealing with such situations.


Survey Shows Public Awareness of Rosacea Greatly Increasing

While public awareness of rosacea as a medical disorder has grown significantly in the past two decades, knowledge of its wide range of potential signs and symptoms continues to lag, according to a new patient survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS). Only 47 percent of the 1,459 survey respondents said they had never heard of rosacea prior to receiving their diagnosis, compared to a 1997 Gallup poll that showed 78 percent of Americans had no knowledge of rosacea.


Q&A: Sun Exposure and Aggravating Ingredients

Q. Is it common to break out in an itchy, bumpy rash (always on my forehead) after slight sun exposure?  Would sunscreen help prevent this?

A. In patient surveys, the sun ranks as the most common trigger for rosacea flare-ups, so it is likely that the sun is the culprit in your case. Even incidental exposure, such as running errands on a sunny day, might be enough to cause an outbreak of rosacea symptoms in some individuals.

New Rosacea Clues Revealed at AAD

The physical mechanisms behind flushing, the lifestyles of Demodex mites and proper skin care were among the rosacea-related topics covered at the recent 72nd annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Denver.

Rosacea Awareness Month Highlights Emotional Toll

Rosacea’s appearance can cover the spectrum from a perpetual rosy glow to an angry red mask, but the emotional pain it inflicts varies little from patient to patient, according to recent surveys by the National Rosacea Society (NRS). ​April was designated Rosacea Awareness Month by the NRS to alert the public to the early warning signs of this conspicuous, red-faced disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.

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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

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