As if today's economy were not stressful enough, growing millions of Americans now face the embarrassment of a mysterious red-faced disorder that can wreak havoc on their emotional, social and professional lives. 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 but treatable facial disorder now estimated to affect well over 14 million Americans.
A new section on Skin Care & Cosmetics, a topic of interest to many rosacea patients, is now featured on rosacea.org. There you will find information and tips on facial cleansing, skin care and makeup for rosacea, key components of personal care that can make a visible difference in managing rosacea and improving appearance.
Both a blistering sunburn and a family history of rosacea were associated with the presence of rosacea, according to study results presented by Dr. Alexa Boer Kimball, associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
In the study, 65 individuals with rosacea and 65 healthy control subjects underwent a facial skin exam, completed a questionnaire, and were measured for height, weight and blood pressure. In general, Dr. Kimball said, the cases of rosacea were moderate to severe.
The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has awarded funding to four new studies as part of its research grants program to advance scientific knowledge of the potential causes and other key aspects of this chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder that affects an estimated 14 million Americans.
While the negative impact of rosacea on personal and professional life is increasingly recognized, new research continues to suggest that this often life-disruptive disorder may be far more common than is widely believed. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to the warning signs of this conspicuous, red-faced condition now estimated to affect well over 14 million Americans.
The Fall 2008 Rosacea Review is now online. This issue highlights two ongoing studies funded by the National Rosacea Society that investigate how specific substances in the body may produce the signs and symptoms of rosacea, as well as a new prevalence study that shows the disorder may be far more common than widely believed.
A new study funded by the National Rosacea Society provides further evidence that rosacea may be far more common than widely believed, and also assesses the potential significance of sun exposure.
The recently completed study, presented at the 2008 British Association of Dermatologists meeting by Dr. Maeve McAleer and colleagues at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the School of Public Health and Population Science, University College, Dublin, found that 14.4 percent of 1,000 subjects examined in Ireland had rosacea.
A new section on Seborrheic Dermatitis, the most common concurrent condition with rosacea, is now featured on rosacea.org. Here readers will find information on the signs and symptoms, potential causes and treatment of this other common disorder.
The Summer 2008 Rosacea Review is now online at rosacea.org. This issue highlights two new studies that trace the effect of rosacea triggers in the search for the cause or causes of this chronic disorder, as well as information on how rosacea patients can track their own triggers in an effort to better manage their condition.
In addition to complying with medical therapy, an important part of managing rosacea for many patients is to identify and avoid environmental and lifestyle factors that may trigger or aggravate their individual conditions.
"In essence, rosacea patients can often benefit by playing the role of detective, examining suspects and evidence carefully to determine the culprits that are responsible for a rosacea flare-up," said Dr. John Wolf, chairman of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine.
While the various potential signs and symptoms of rosacea may mimic a variety of other disorders from acne to lupus erythematosus, an accurate diagnosis may be especially important to rule out the possibility of carcinoid syndrome, a rare cancer caused by a tumor that is often curable if detected early but may be fatal if left untreated.
Rosacea, a chronic and often embarrassing disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14 million Americans, may be linked to genetics, according to a new survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) and published in Rosacea Review.
The NRS survey of 600 rosacea patients found that nearly 52 percent of the respondents had a relative who also suffered from the condition and that people of some nationalities are more likely than others to develop the disorder.
The Spring 2008 Rosacea Review is now online at rosacea.org. This issue highlights the National Rosacea Society's efforts to increase visibility of the condition during Rosacea Awareness Month, including evidence of rosacea's impact and prevalence and news of a college student's project that raised both public awareness and funds for the NRS research grants program.
The skin of individuals with rosacea has a greater sensitivity to heat, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Patients with rosacea "often complain of increased skin sensitivity and frequently describe a burning sensation," said Dr. Daniela Guzman-Sanchez and colleagues of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. They noted that although this heightened sensitivity is well recognized in practice, there had been no formal research on the phenomenon.
While rosacea has grown increasingly common as the baby boom generation enters the most susceptible ages, mounting evidence has shown that this conspicuous red-faced disorder may be more devastating and prevalent than widely believed. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to this chronic and often embarrassing condition now estimated to affect well over 14 million Americans.
Results of two recent studies provide new understanding of how and when angiogenesis -- the formation of new blood vessels -- may contribute both to the initial development of rosacea and its persistent presence.
In a study of skin samples with and without rosacea, Dr. Amal Gomaa and colleagues at Boston University found evidence of angiogenesis in both the blood and lymphatic circulatory systems in skin with rosacea lesions. 
Although rosacea rarely appears in children, its potential occurrence should be considered during medical examinations because of the possible severity of ocular (eye) involvement, according to a report in the February 2008 issue of the Archives of Dermatology. Researchers Dr. Mélanie Chamaillard and colleagues at the National Reference Center for Rare Skin Disorders, Bordeaux, France, suggested that an ophthalmologic (eye) examination be carried out for all children with skin signs of rosacea.
The Frequently Asked Questions section of Rosacea.org has been updated and expanded to include new information on rosacea and answers to additional questions. To view the new rosacea FAQs, click here. This section was reviewed and edited by Dr. Mark Dahl, chairman of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, former president of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the National Rosacea Society medical advisory board.
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