What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is notable for both is commonality and surrounding lack of understanding. This disorder affects the the facial skin of an estimated 16 million Americans, but many of them do not know what it looks like or what can be done to treat it.. As baby boomers reach the most susceptible ages, rosacea is becoming more and more widespread, yet many Americans know nothing about this condition. The condition causes acne-like effects on the face, leaving sufferers with significant psychological, occupational, and social consequences. There is no known cure for rosacea, but it can be controlled.


The National Rosacea Society has conducted surveys on a number of rosacea sufferers. More than 75% reported lower self-confidence due to their condition. Over 40% said their symptoms prompted them to cancel social engagements or avoid contact with others. Those patients with severe symptoms overwhelming responded that their symptoms adversely impacted their professional interactions. 51% of this group of respondents said that their condition caused them to miss work.


Doctors are still unsure of the causes of rosacea, and a cure has yet to be found. However, there are options available to help keep symptoms under control. Individuals are encourage to consult with dermatologist if they notice the following signs in order to treat the condition before symptoms become more severe:

Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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