Rosacea Through the Ages: a Timeline

When the National Rosacea Society was founded 25 years ago, very few Americans were aware of this chronic skin disorder, even though it’s now estimated to affect more than 16 million in the U.S. alone. Here is a timeline that traces the recorded history of rosacea in art, literature and medical texts up to the present: 

Rosacea Images Vary Over Time

As dermatology became established in the early 19th century, rosacea was one of the first skin disorders described in medical texts.  The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology recently published an overview of early illustrations of rosacea, showing how far medicine has come in its recognition of the disorder and highlighting how important visual cues are to its diagnosis.1

NRS Marks 20 Years of Service to Patients

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, and is pleased to report on the vast ongoing progress that has been made toward fulfilling its mission of improving the lives of people with rosacea through awareness, education and support of medical research.

Rosacea Emerges Through the Past Millennium

While rosacea today is well-recognized as a skin disorder affecting millions of people worldwide, it was not until the end of the past millennium that it came to be understood as a distinct disease, and only recently have advances in therapy allowed for its effective treatment.


Now Widely Recognized, Rosacea Was First Noted in 14th Century

Although today rosacea is well recognized as a common skin disorder that may affect tens of millions of individuals throughout the world, many centuries passed before it was identified as a distinct medical condition that requires specific therapy.


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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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