Rosacea Can Boost Self-Esteem
For some, rosacea’s emotional toll can be worse than the physical
discomfort. Insensitive questions, misconceptions that heavy
drinking or poor hygiene caused the condition, feelings of
embarrassment and the desire to look “normal” can diminish
self-confidence and lead people with rosacea to decline social
invitations, postpone or cancel business meetings, and miss work.
research validates this. A study that looked at the quality of life
in patients with rosacea found that some patients said their rosacea
causes them to “do things by myself.” The majority said rosacea
makes them feel self-conscious and more than half said rosacea makes
them feel embarrassed.
also found that when rosacea subsided, the patient’s quality of life
improved. This was not the only study to find this result. In a
study of 16 patients with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (subtype
1), researchers found that after two treatments with a pulsed dye
laser, redness diminished as did flushing, burning, itching,
dryness, swelling, and skin sensitivity. With these decreases came a
significant improvement in quality of life.
study that involved 583 patients with mild to moderate rosacea found
that effective treatment significantly improved the patients’
quality of life. The type of treatment did not matter. As long as it
was effective, patients’ quality of life improved.
rosacea is not curable, flare-ups can often be controlled by
following the three-prong approach recommended by dermatologists:
care. Following a rosacea friendly skin care plan is
essential. This includes being very gentle with rosacea-prone
skin, using mild skin care products, and protecting the skin
from the sun.
Treatment. The treatment prescribed depends on the type and
severity of the rosacea. Combination therapy is often most
effective. Treatment may include a barrier-repair emollient,
topical medications, and/or laser therapy.
Trigger avoidance. What triggers rosacea in one person may
not cause another person to experience a flare-up. Learning
personal triggers and finding ways to avoid them can be very
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A study that asked people
living with rosacea about their quality of life found
that most said that rosacea made them feel