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Only on April is Rosacea Awareness Month—Are You Helping Rosacea Clients Cope?

Posted: April 18, 2012

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Eighty-eight percent of those with severe symptoms said this disorder had affected their professional interactions, and nearly 51% reported they had missed work because of their condition. Thirty-nine percent said it might even have prevented them from being chosen for a new job.

Adding insult to injury is a common myth that rosacea sufferers, who often have a red face and nose, may be heavy drinkers. In fact, while alcohol may aggravate rosacea, these symptoms can be just as severe in a teetotaler. 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.

“Although rosacea is a long-term disorder and there is no cure, the good news is that it can be effectively controlled with medical therapy and lifestyle modifications,” Granstein says. “This can substantially improve the quality of people’s lives.”

Only on Exclusive commentary from the NRS about how skin care professionals can identify and help relieve client depression due to rosacea.