Rosacea Awareness Month Supported by Dermatologists

By: Vivacare - Dr. Mark Becker

National Rosacea SocietyRosacea afflicts 16 million Americans, and most of them don’t know it. Now the public can now learn more about this chronic skin disorder from their own dermatologist.

The National Rosacea Society has designated April as National Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public of the signs and symptoms of rosacea and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

As part of Rosacea Awareness Month, dermatologists have enhanced their practice Websites with patient education content regarding rosacea. Rosacea handouts cover a wide range of issues, including the four different subtypes of rosacea and rosacea treatment options, including topical medications (Finacea®, MetroGel®), oral medications (Oracea®), surgical procedures, and IPL for rosacea.

The rosacea content includes information about rosacea triggers and a rosacea diary to help those afflicted with rosacea to track their symptoms. Most rosacea handouts include links to the National Rosacea Society so that patients can learn more about this education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with rosacea.

Rosacea, also called “acne rosacea,” is a non-contagious, chronic skin condition found most commonly in people 30 to 60 years of age.

“It has been called ‘The Great Impostor’ because people often confuse rosacea with other conditions, such as a sunburn or acne, or even eye irritation, and fail to seek medical help,” said Dr. Jonathan Wilkin, chairman of the NRS medical advisory board. “People need to be more aware of this highly prevalent disorder, and the need for treatment and lifestyle changes before it becomes progressively severe.”

The incidence of rosacea is now rapidly growing as the populous baby boom generation passes through the most frequent ages of onset. Yet surveys have found that the public has little knowledge of this chronic but treatable disorder, including how to recognize it and what to do about it.