While the conspicuous red face and blemishes of rosacea can be embarrassing enough, they tell only part of the story as a new survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) shows that significant physical discomfort often accompanies the visible signs of this widespread disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.
Demodex mites, the microscopic parasites that are normal inhabitants of facial skin, have long raised the question, “Which comes first, Demodex or rosacea?” as medical experts debate whether their increased numbers on rosacea patients are a cause or a result of the disorder, and now there may be some evidence that the “chicken” — Demodex mites — and not the “egg” comes first, according to a recent scientific report.
Although sun exposure may be the most common rosacea trigger, patients who take steps to protect their skin when outdoors have been successful in reducing rosacea outbreaks, according to a new National Rosacea Society patient survey. Virtually all of the 739 respondents said they make an effort to shield their skin from the sun, and 88 percent of those said their efforts had been successful or somewhat successful in reducing their rosacea flare-ups.
Sufferers of ocular rosacea, a subtype characterized by irritated eyes, may find their symptoms worsen during certain seasons of the year. Here are some tips to help ease your discomfort:
- Block the wind. Wear glasses or sunglasses when you have to go outdoors to protect your eyes from the wind. Shielding your face with a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella may also help.
The Spring Rosacea Review is now online at rosacea.org. This issue covers the efforts of the National Rosacea Society to raise awareness on the effects of rosacea beyond personal appearance, such as emotional stress and physical pain, and features treatment options for rosacea patients who suffer from rhinophyma (subtype 3 rosacea).
Rosacea and Seborrhea. Atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis may often occur at the same time as rosacea, said Dr. Guy Webster, clinical professor of dermatology at Jefferson Medical College, speaking on “What’s new in rosacea?” during the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
In this archive television clip from WNBC-TV in June of 1989, rosacea is said to be "no laughing matter." W.C. Fields' iconic red nose leads into a description of rosacea's signature symptoms, as explained by Dr. Jonathan Wilkin, long-time chairman of the National Rosacea Society's Medical Advisory Board, which oversees the NRS research grants program.
In this 1989 video, you'll see one of the earliest TV news stories about rosacea. Dr. Art Ulene on NBC's "TODAY" Show explains what rosacea is and how it could be treated.
While rosacea has become increasingly recognized as a common and conspicuous red-faced disorder, mounting evidence has shown that it can cause far more emotional stress and physical pain than previously known. April has been designated as Rosacea Awareness Month by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) to alert the public to the warning signs of this chronic and often progressive condition now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.
While the ravages of subtype 3 (phymatous) rosacea have been well documented throughout history, today a multitude of options are available to restore a red, swollen or bumpy nose (rhinophyma) to normal appearance.
Individuals with severe rosacea are often anxious about the social consequences of blushing and may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, according to a recent study in the journal Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.1
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Emotional stress and physical pain are among the invisible components of rosacea beyond its red-faced, conspicuous appearance, according to new patient surveys by the National Rosacea Society (NRS). The NRS has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to the warning signs of this chronic and often life-disruptive facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.
Rosacea and winter skin care were in the news recently as a featured segment on NBC-TV’s “Today” show. Dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie discussed how rosacea is often more noticeable during the colder months, and offered some tips on how to protect and soothe sensitive skin.
To watch the entire interview, click here.
Two recent studies, funded by individual donations to the National Rosacea Society (NRS), have discovered potential key factors in the development of rosacea that open new possibilities for important advances in its treatment and prevention.
A malfunction in part of the body’s nervous system may be linked to the redness as well as the bumps and pimples of rosacea, according to a recently completed study by Dr. Akihiko Ikoma and colleagues at the University of California-San Francisco.
The changing weather, combined with a social calendar packed with get-togethers and parties, can wreak havoc on rosacea. Here are some tips for navigating the holiday season successfully:
Although emotional stress is reported to be one of the most common rosacea triggers, effective stress management can lead to a reduction in the number of stress-related flare-ups, according to results of a new National Rosacea Society (NRS) survey.
While medical therapy is an essential weapon in the battle against rosacea, identifying and avoiding the individual lifestyle and environmental factors that may aggravate the disorder can be a critical tactic to include in the arsenal. In National Rosacea Society (NRS) surveys of patients who pinpointed and steered clear of their personal rosacea triggers, more than 90 percent reported that this had reduced their rosacea flare-ups.
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