Facial Redness Affects Self-Esteem

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by persistent redness or erythema of the face.  It affects over 16 million adults in the United States alone.

More women tend to develop rosacea in their lifetimes than men.  The usual age of onset, regardless of gender, is when a person is in their 30s.

The most common symptoms of rosacea include persistent facial redness, temporary blushing and/or flushing, and pimple-like breakouts.  These symptoms predominantly develop on the central portions of the face, including the nose and cheeks, in 80% of rosacea cases.  A smaller percentage of more severe cases additionally have redness extending into their chin, forehead, and, in some extreme cases, even their eyes.

The redness is obviously the most striking and embarrassing of the symptoms associated with rosacea.  Of the women who have rosacea, 43% report having to use increasing amounts of makeup to cover up this increasing redness over time.

Since rosacea can be aggravated by certain behaviors or activities known as “triggers”, many rosacea patients avoid these behaviors.  Such “triggers” include sun exposure, hot baths/saunas, and consumption of alcohol.

A recent survey of rosacea patients in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology showed that:

  • 75% felt low self-esteem due to their condition
  • 70% reported being frequently embarrassed by their skin condition, with
    • 26.9% worried about how others react to their redness
    • 42.8% feeling unattractive due to rosacea
  • 72% cited the visible blood vessels and persistence of redness as the most bothersome symptoms.

Based on the above results , it is no surprise that the negative self-perception of rosacea patients increases with the severity of their redness.  More than 80% of those diagnosed with rosacea have visited a dermatologist or skincare physician for their condition.

25-50% have used topical products and/or oral antibiotics to treat their condition.  However, most of these survey respondents were frustrated with their treatment and its lack of long-term effectiveness.

Because of this dissatisfaction with current medication-based therapies, patients frequently come to our offices for laser-based therapies.  Increasingly, I am also receiving calls from dermatologists who are referring rosacea patients to us in order to help with complaints they receive of persistent redness and visible blood vessels.

Since the vascular lasers we use at Maine Laser Skin Care cause the blood vessels on the face to collapse, the body then reabsorbs the vessels and the redness is incrementally reduced with each treatment.  I can unequivocally say that the laser treatments we do for rosacea have a high satisfaction rate among patients which, based on the aforementioned study, is obviously resulting in improved self-esteem.

I do emphasize to rosacea sufferers that there is no cure for rosacea.  However, the good news is that we can manage it with periodic laser treatment after the initial redness is controlled.

If you have facial redness or a diagnosis of rosacea and frustrated with current treatments, call us in Augusta at (207) 873-2158, or in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125.  We can schedule you for a free and confidential consultation to see how laser therapy can help you.

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