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Only on SkinInc.com: April is Rosacea Awareness Month—Are You Helping Rosacea Clients Cope?

Posted: April 18, 2012

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Emotional stress is one of the leading rosacea triggers, and skin care professionals may detect signs of psychological issues by asking questions about clients’ emotional responses before or after a rosacea flareup.

In addition to medical therapy from a physician, skin care professionals may suggest clients keep a diary of daily activities to help them identify and avoid causes and types of stress that may trigger flareups in their individual cases.

If appropriate, it may be helpful to suggest that clients consult a psychologist to learn how to deal with emotional stress. Ideally, you should have a relationship with a local therapist that you trust so you can refer clients with confidence, and further solidify your role as a wellness resource for them. According to a recent study, individuals with severe rosacea appeared to benefit from cognitive-behavioral techniques, including relaxation training, which helped them reduce heightened heart rate, shift attention to other parts of the body and feel an overall sense of control.

Other helpful techniques may include yoga, Tai Chi, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation, self-talk and square-box breathing.

During April and throughout the year, people 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 St., Barrington, Illinois 60010, or via e-mail at rosaceas@aol.com.