Rosacea Fact Sheet 2016:
• Rosacea (row-zay-sha) is a common, long-term, inflammatory skin condition causing redness on the face.
• Rosacea affects more than 2 million Canadian adults.
• Rosacea often begins as a tendency to flush and blush frequently. In time, persistent areas of redness appear on the cheeks and nose. The chin, forehead and neck can also be affected.
• Those at higher risk for rosacea are:
o Adults 30 – 50 years old.
o Those with fair skin, including people of Celtic or Northern European descent.
o Women – more women than men get rosacea.
o Those with a family history of the condition.
o People with extremely sensitive skin.
• Since rosacea is visible on the face, there can be significant emotional and social effects for sufferers. Research shows people with rosacea have higher rates of embarrassment and social anxiety compared to others who don’t have this condition.
• 75% of rosacea patients report low self-esteem.
• Rosacea sufferers have a 5 times greater risk for depression.
• Self-care, such as good skincare and avoiding everyday triggers that causes flushing, is an important way rosacea sufferers can keep this condition under control.
• There is no cure for rosacea. However, there are safe and effective medical treatments to reduce facial redness, red bumps and pimples, visible blood vessels, irritated eyes and other signs of rosacea.