Tips for Discussing Rosacea with Others
Perhaps your rosacea once seemed like a private affair, but you sense those around you may be wondering what is going on with your face. Here are some ways you can discuss rosacea without turning red.
- Start by mentioning you have a facial condition common to many adults. With 14 million Americans suffering from rosacea, you are part of a very large group. If your discussion partner is unaware of rosacea, he or she may not know how common it is.
- Bring some educational materials. Have your own copy of Rosacea Review or the Rosacea: What You Should Know booklet to share. This will add credibility to your discussion. Fill out the Materials Request Form to request extra copies if you need them.
- Be sensitive. If your discussion partner is exhibiting some signs of rosacea, be understanding. Let them know if they have any concerns of their own, they should check them out with their physician. While not contagious, evidence has suggested that rosacea may be inherited and tends to run in families. It is also especially common among those with fair complexions.
Being open about your rosacea may not only eliminate embarrassment and misconceptions about this common but little-known disorder, but it can also help others with similar problems to seek diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
196 James St.
Barrington, IL 60010
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.