Rosacea Awareness Month – Benefits of Medical Therapy

National Rosacea SocietyRosacea afflicts 16 million Americans, and most of them don’t know it.

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) 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. “People need to be more aware of this highly prevalent disorder, and the need for treatment and lifestyle changes before it becomes progressively severe.”said Dr. Jonathan Wilkin, chairman of the NRS medical advisory board.

Rosacea, also called “acne rosacea,” is a non-contagious, chronic skin condition found most commonly in people 30 to 60 years of age. For appropriate diagnosis and treatment of rosaceea, it is imporant to see a dermatologist.

Rosacea Awareness Month
Facial redness associated with rosacea

Multiple medical therapies are now available to reduce the inflammation and skin rednesss associated with rosacea, such as low-dose antibiotics and light therapy.

Treatment for rosacea is tailored to a patient’s particular case based on his or her type of rosacea, its severity and personal response to past treatments.

In support of Rosacea Awareness Month, dermatologists offer their clinical insights regarding different rosacea treatment options. Dr. Julie Harper shares her expertise on the use of Azelaic Acid for rosacea, and Dr. Steven Zimmet offers his expert opinion regarding the use of  lasers for rosacea treatment.

“Recent studies on the burden of illness of rosacea have shown just how important it is to have clear skin, as the condition can profoundly damage quality of life because of its effect on personal appearance,” said Dr. Linda Stein Gold, director of dermatology clinical research at the Henry Ford Health System. “In so many cases, all it takes is a single blemish or a single comment about having a red face to ruin someone’s day.” In an NRS survey of 1,675 rosacea patients, 90% said the disorder had lowered their self-esteem and self-confidence, and 52%  said they had avoided face-to-face contact because of the disorder. In another survey, 51%  of those with severe symptoms said they had even missed work because of their condition.

When the signs and symptoms of rosacea are virtually eliminated, however, the improvement in patients’ lives is often dramatic. In a new NRS survey of more than 800 rosacea patients, 83% of those who had achieved clear or almost clear skin said their psychological well-being had improved. 73% said it had also improved their social lives, and 63% reported improvement in their occupational well-being.

Images courtesy of the National Rosacea Society