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Sunburn May Play a Role in the Appearance of Rosacea

Posted: March 11, 2009

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Kimball said the research did not conclude whether sunburns contributed to the development of rosacea or whether people with rosacea just tended to sunburn because of their skin condition. However, she said, she advises people who have a family history of rosacea—especially children—to regularly use broad-spectrum sunscreen and use other sun protection measures.

In previous research, Kimball had suggested that being overweight might be associated with having rosacea, but she said that the new study found that both people with rosacea and those who did not have it had an average body mass index (BMI) of slightly above 26, putting them in the range considered overweight.

"Future studies should explore the possible connection between a higher BMI and rosacea, as excess weight could be found to be a contributing factor to the condition," she said.

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The National Rosacea Society has more about rosacea.