The Only Non Profit Organization Founded by Rosaceans [rosacea sufferers] for Rosaceans
Welcome to the RRDi official web site.
The Rosacea Research & Development Institute [RRDi] is the first 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation established June 7, 2004 in the State of Hawaii, USA for the purpose of finding a cure for rosacea, researching rosacea, and to form a patient advocacy organization established by volunteer rosaceans for rosacea sufferers. State of Hawaii Certificate of Good Standing.
In 2015 we polled our members and the general public with a survey about their rosacea experience and you can view the results by clicking here.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic and sometimes progressive disorder of the face, characterized by some or all of the following symptoms:
Extremely sensitive skin, blushing, flushing, permanent redness, burning, stinging, swelling, papules, pustules, broken red capillary veins, red gritty eyes (which can lead to visual disturbances) and in more advanced cases, a disfiguring bulbous nose. Men and women of all ages can be affected, with over 45 million estimated sufferers of Rosacea worldwide. For more info click here.
"Rosacea is a multifactorial, hyper-reactivity, vascular and neural based disease with a broad range of facial and manifestations where normal vasodilation is greater and more persistent and involves an autoimmune component where microscopic amounts of extravasated plasma induce localized dermal inflammation where repeated external triggers lead vasodilation, telangiectasias, redness with eventual fibrosis and hypertrophic scarring of the dermis." Sandra Cremers, M.D., F.A.C.S., RRDi MAC Member.
"Rosacea is probably a collection of many different diseases that are lumped together inappropriately." Zoe Diana Draelos, MD. Dr. Draelos is a member of the ROSIE [ROSacea International Expert] Group that says the current classification of rosacea is controversial. Dr. Draelos is also a member of the RRDi MAC. Just because you have a red face might mean you have another skin condition besides rosacea. Your physician should differentiate rosacea from a plethora of other skin conditions. If you need photos of rosacea click here.
Sometimes rosacea is misdiagnosed. No one really knows what causes rosacea and there are a number of theories for your consideration. Rosacea, therefore, can be confusing, a bewilderment and a mystery (for more info click here). The number of cases of rosacea worldwide is conservatively around 74 million.
Check our FAQs about rosacea.
What will the RRDi Do For Me?
The RRDi is in the forefront of other rosacea non profit organizations with the digital medical revolution. Your rosacea is an individual case and you need to find what treatment will work for your rosacea and not a treatment aimed at the masses. Individuals can come together and share data, using collaboration tools that the RRDi offers for free. If you have the volunteer spirit and want to become part of this innovative non profit, learn how you can volunteer and be part of this digital medical revolution. You can post in our member forum if you register.
Once you join you have a number of tools to collaborate with other members. You can create your own rosacea blog with our tools once you join, with easy step by step directions on how to do this. Our Gallery application lets members share photos and videos with the community. We have a chat tool available to members. Volunteers who contribute their time and energy may receive a free Google Apps for Work account.
The RRDi is a volunteeer member driven organization and invites rosacea sufferers to become involved. Volunteering is the force that drives the organization and is an integral spirit of the RRDi philosophy. The RRDi warmly invites rosacea sufferers to participate in this non profit which you can become a part of. You are not required to volunteer when you join, since we still want you to join even if you can't volunteer. If all you can do is become a member, that will increase our membership which is helpful in itself. But if you can volunteer, let us know on the application. Please join. For a limited time you may receive a free ebook, Rosacea 101: Includes the Rosacea Diet as a free gift from the founder/director. Just mention in the application that you want the free ebook (write in the volunteer box).
If you can't volunteer and simply want to join to increase our membership that could be the least you do.
How to Join
Once you have joined you can post in our secure members forum which will allow you to post questions to the Medical Advisory Consultants (MAC) and to fellow members or to submit articles for our journal. Yes, members may have an article published in our journal. You may receive a free Google Apps account with our organization upon approval and you have the volunteer spirit.
The Charter of the Corporation states the purpose and Mission Statement which clearly outlines the goals of the non profit corporation. If you are interested in the history of how and why this non profit organization was formed click here for more information. Please take our Rosacea Survey.
The RRDi is registered at GuideStar