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April is National Rosacea Month: Do You Know How to Work With These Clients?

Posted: April 13, 2011

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Adding to the embarrassment is a common myth that rosacea-sufferers, who often have a red face and nose, are heavy drinkers. In fact, while alcohol may aggravate the disorder, the symptoms can be just as severe in a nondrinker. Another common misconception is that rosacea is caused by poor hygiene, while in reality it is unrelated to personal cleanliness.

Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, a vast array of lifestyle and environmental factors can trigger flare-ups of signs and symptoms in various rosacea sufferers. Common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, heavy exercise, alcohol, spicy foods, heated beverages, humidity, certain skin-care products and many others.

"The good news is that rosacea can be effectively controlled with medical therapy and lifestyle changes to avoid factors that aggravate the condition in individual cases," Wilkin said. Individuals with any of the following warning signs of rosacea are urged to see a dermatologist for diagnosis and a skin care professional or physician for appropriate care:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face
  • Bumps or pimples on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes

During April and throughout the year, clients who suspect they may have rosacea can visit the NRS website, or call its toll-free number at 888-NO-BLUSH to obtain comprehensive information on the disorder. Information and educational materials are also available by writing the National Rosacea Society, 196 James Street, Barrington, Illinois 60010; or via e-mail at

The National Rosacea Society, gives exclusive tips on how to work with rosacea clients, as well as photos to help you with identification of this sometimes-elusive condition.