Although rosacea is a common disorder, some Americans remain unaware that it exists, let alone the symptoms and available treatments. This is due to a number of factors such as a lack of education and sufferers feeling embarrassed or unable to discuss their situation. April is Rosacea Awareness Month – an initiative promoted by the National Rosacea Society to increase the dialogue in our country and the quality of life for rosacea sufferers.
We at FutureDerm are happy to do our part in spreading awareness for this common and highly treatable disorder.
Quick Facts About Rosacea
- It has been estimated that over 16 million Americans and 415 million individuals worldwide are affected by rosacea
- Rosacea is a skin disorder which can lead to facial redness, eye problems, facial swelling, swollen red bumps, acne, and other symptoms which can range from mild to severe
- There is no known cure for rosacea
- There are many methods to effectively treat rosacea dependent on the individual, including prescription medication, topical medication, antibiotics, and isotretinoin
- Lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, improved diet, and stress reduction have been shown to be effective in combating rosacea outbreaks
If you or a loved one is suffering from or suspects they may be suffering from Rosacea, please see a dermatologist right away. Arming yourself with information and improving overall health is a great thing, but there is no substitute for professional medical care.
Rosacea Awareness Month – April 2019
Rosacea Awareness Month was created in part to reduce the stigma surrounding rosacea, allowing sufferers to feel more comfortable in their own skin. A recent survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) found that 90 percent of the 1,675 responders have experienced lowered self-esteem and self-confidence due to symptoms of rosacea.
For a disorder which affects nearly one (1) in twenty (20) Americans, one would hope that patients would feel confident discussing their condition. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The NRS hopes to use Rosacea Awareness Month to not only educate the public on the current state of rosacea research, but to also promote efforts towards improving treatment and eventually finding a cure.
In the same study cited above, about half of rosacea patients reported a status of “clear”, meaning their lives were no longer being materially impacted by rosacea. An additional 30 percent reported a status of “almost clear”, meaning a minimal impact. These numbers are promising, but they can certainly be improved.
The National Rosacea Society
Founded in 1992, the National Rosacea Society has strived to improve the lives of rosacea sufferers and their loved ones in the U.S. and abroad. The NRS has a three point mission statement:
- To increase awareness of rosacea
- To educate the public by providing high quality information and resources
- To find better solutions to treat, manage, and evenutally cure rosacea by providing support to ongoing medical research
To support the National Rosacea Society, you may choose to participate in a rosacea survey or donate to the NRS today. Tax-deductible donations go towards supporting medical research with the end goal of finding a rosacea cure. The National Rosacea Society is a nonprofit organization. By donating, you will become an official member of the NRS.
Living with Rosacea
Rosacea may have no known cure, but thankfully it is a very manageable disorder for most patients. The following steps can be taken to improve the quality of life for rosacea sufferers in the immediate future:
Meet with a dermatologist – rosacea is a medical condition and should be treated as such. Individuals may respond in vastly different ways to rosacea and corresponding treatments. Getting a checkup from a medical doctor is always advisable.
Avoid irritants and other rosacea triggers – many effective methods of rosacea management include living a healthy lifestyle without direct treatment. This can include avoiding too much sunlight, avoiding skin irritants, reducing stress through yoga, meditation, psychotherapy, etc, avoiding spicy foods, and other healthful activities.
Be honest with friends, family, and coworkers (when comfortable doing so) – dealing with rosacea is a personal matter and disclosure is up to the individual. No one should feel pressured to talk about their medical issue(s) in social situations. However, if the rosacea patient is comfortable doing so, honesty to friends and family can be a huge relief.
Get Involved During Rosacea Awareness Month
Feel free to learn more about rosacea at FutureDerm or follow the NRS on social media. The NRS provides a free newsletter for members as well as a toll-free hotline at 1-888-NO-BLUSH to learn more. Donations and survey participation are always welcome, but this month’s efforts are really just about getting the word out there.
The hashtag #RosaceaAwareness on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook can be used this month and throughout the year for individuals who would like to share their experiences. The NRS has also provided a free rose logo which is free to use and share on social media.
However you choose to participate in Rosacea Awareness Month this April, do it with the knowledge that there is a community of millions by your side.