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    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 facial skin with 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 75 million estimated Rosacea Sufferers worldwide

    "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 subtype 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 instead of or with rosacea, since other skin conditions may co-exist with rosaceamimic rosacea or you might have a rosacea variant

    "Rosacea is a multifactorial, hyper-reactivity, vascular and neural based disease with a broad range of facial manifestations where normal vasodilation is greater and more persistent and involves an autoimmune component of microscopic amounts of extravasated plasma induce localized dermal inflammation that may induce repeated external triggers, vasodilation, telangiectasias, redness with eventual fibrosis and hypertrophic scarring of the dermis." Sandra Cremers, M.D., F.A.C.S., RRDi MAC Member.

    In November 2016, the RRDi endorsed the phenotype classification of rosacea which was announced by the ROSCO panel as a better approach of diagnosising rosacea than subtypes.

    Rosacea Differentiation and Misdiagnosis
    Your physician should differentiate rosacea from a plethora of other skin conditions. If you need photos of rosacea click here.

    Sometimes rosacea is misdiagnosed.

    Cause of Rosacea
    No one really knows what causes rosacea and there are a number of theories for your consideration. Our latest article on this subject, Rosacea Theories Revisited is worth your time to consider. 

    What will the RRDi Do For Me?
    You can view the list of prescription treatments prescribed for rosacea. There is a list of non prescription treatments for rosacea to consider. We have an affiliate store dedicated to rosacea books, treatments and odd and ends. You can browse our public member forum and learn about rosacea. The digital medical revolution can assist you in your search for a treatment to improve your condition. 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 join and register simply with an email address. If you have concerns regarding your privacy, please consider this post.

    Once you join you have a number of tools to collaborate with other members. You can create your own rosacea blog, with easy step by step directions on how to do this. Our Gallery application lets members share photos and videos with the community. Volunteers who contribute their time and energy may receive a free G Suite account through a generous contribution of Google, one of our sponsors.  

    You may receive a free ebook, Rosacea 101: Includes the Rosacea Diet as a gift from the founder/director if you mention in your registration application that you want the free ebook (write in the volunteer box you want the free ebook).

    Our 2016 Rosacea Survey is completed and available for public viewing.  You may review a list of our education grants. Finally, ask not what the RRDi can do for you, ask.....

    What Can You Do for the RRDi?
    Your joining and registering with our organization will increase our membership. All that is required to join is an email address (your email address is private and members never see your email address nor does the RRDi give your private email address out to anyone). What if the RRDi reached a membership of 10,000 members? Think about that, 10,000 rosacea sufferers joined together as a non profit organization and you are member. We need you to join to help us reach this goal!

    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. So if you can volunteer, let us know on the application. Please join

    You can post in our member forum about your rosacea experience. However, we want real members, not spammers, hackers or trolls. We provide a safe, secure forum for our members, so our membership registration is very secure requiring your accepting our terms for membership. Please carefully read the next subheading on how to join and if you have concerns about privacy. 

    How to Join
    Members may now join with just an email address and a display name (your first and last name is no longer required to be a non voting member and you can set up a anonymous or cryptic display name so that no one knows who you are). To post in our Member Forum or submit articles for publication you must register to join to become a member. The RRDi no longer requires that you provide us with your contact info and mailing address to be a non voting member. However you still need to agree to our policies, rules, etc., since you become a member of the RRDi whether a voting member or not. If you want to vote, simply include all the profile contact fields. We have over 1000 members who are voting members, so we have plenty. It is your choice if you want to vote or not. 

    If you need assistance contact us. Our volunteers will be happy to assist you. 

    Your privacy is our utmost concern and we will take precautions to ensure your privacy will never be violated. Our Privacy Policy is solid. If you have concerns regarding your privacy, please consider this post.

    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 on our web site or in our journal. You may receive a free G Suite account with our organization if you have the volunteer spirit. 

    The Charter of the Corporation states the purpose and Mission Statement which clearly outlines the goals of our 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

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    • Cross-Sectional Survey of the Burden of Illness of Rosacea by Erythema Severity. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Feb 01;17(2):150-158 Authors: Harper J, Del Rosso JQ, Ferrusi IL Abstract
      Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by persistent central facial erythema. To explore the burden of illness of rosacea in US adults, a cross-sectional web-based survey was conducted. Participants answered questions on sociodemographics, clinical characteristics, bothersome symptoms, coping and avoidance behaviors, self-perceptions, and health care resource utilization, and completed 2 quality of life instruments, the 21-item rosacea-specific quality of life questionnaire (RosaQoL) and the 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36). This paper reports the data from the 409 respondents with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), analyzed by erythema severity. Mean age was 53.1 years; mild, moderate, or severe erythema was reported by 63.6%, 32.0%, and 4.4% of participants, respectively. Blushing/flushing and bumps/pustules were the most bothersome symptoms across severity subgroups. Participants in all subgroups coped with rosacea by applying make-up and managing their stress and anxiety, and tried to prevent rosacea flares by avoiding sun exposure, specific skin care products, and other triggers. Self-perceptions differed by severity subgroup: satisfaction with facial appearance significantly decreased, and worrying about how people will react and feelings of unattractiveness to others significantly increased, with greater erythema severity (all P less than 0.01). Treatment or assessment of rosacea was sought by 20% of participants in the past 3 months, most commonly from a dermatologist. Metronidazole was the most frequently prescribed topical product across severity subgroups, whereas doxycycline and other oral antibiotics were prescribed most frequently in the severe erythema subgroup. RosaQoL emotional domain scores increased with erythema severity (P equals 0.0035), but none of the SF-36 domain scores differed significantly by erythema severity. These results demonstrate that rosacea is associated with a substantial burden of illness that spans all levels of erythema severity in patients with ETR. Feelings of unattractiveness and the adverse impact of rosacea on emotional quality of life increased with erythema severity. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(2):150-158.
      PMID: 29462222 [PubMed - in process] {url} = URL to article
    • Clinical Pharmacokinetics of Oxymetazoline Cream Following Topical Facial Administration for the Treatment of Erythema Associated With Rosacea. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Feb 01;17(2):213-220 Authors: Kuang AW, DuBois J, Attar M, Ahluwalia G Abstract
      BACKGROUND: Oxymetazoline cream 1.0% is FDA-approved for the topical treatment of persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea in adults. This phase 2, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study assessed the pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of oxymetazoline in patients with moderate to severe erythema associated with rosacea.
      METHODS: Eligible patients were randomized to 1 of 8 treatment groups (oxymetazoline cream 0.5%, 1.0%, or 1.5% or vehicle applied topically either once or twice daily for 28 days). Pharmacokinetic analyses were conducted in patients receiving oxymetazoline. Plasma samples for pharmacokinetic assessments were collected prior to dosing and 6 times postdose on days 1 and 28.
      RESULTS: A total of 356 patients were included in the safety population (oxymetazoline, n=268; vehicle, n=88). Thirty patients (11.2%) in the oxymetazoline group reported treatment-related treatment-emergent adverse events, most of which were mild to moderate application-site reactions. Oxymetazoline, at all concentrations, was generally safe and well tolerated. Mean maximum observed plasma concentrations were ≤115 pg/mL across all groups; the highest mean values for area under the plasma concentration-time curve from time 0 to 24 hours following once- and twice-daily administration of oxymetazoline 1.5% were 1680 pg•h/mL and 2660 pg•h/mL, respectively. Systemic exposure to oxymetazoline increased dose proportionally with once- and twice-daily administration.
      CONCLUSION: These findings support the use of oxymetazoline for the treatment of persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(2):213-220.
      PMID: 29462230 [PubMed - in process] {url} = URL to article
    • Related Articles Erratum: Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia and Cutaneous Comorbidities: A Potential Relationship with Rosacea. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Feb 15;: Authors: PMID: 29454640 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] {url} = URL to article
    • Whether there is any evidence that there is a connection with BC and rosacea or not, or whether this is actually a theory or not (mainly because there are not any clinical or authoritative papers on this subject), we can at least categorize this as an  interesting subject to discuss. It probably should be categorized as a possible rosacea trigger? Nevertheless, you can read these posts/threads about this, however you want to classify the discussion: 

      Q. Can rosacea be aggravated by birth control pills?

      Women May Need Added Therapy

      How Birth Control Ruined My Skin

      Birth Control And Rosacea

      Birth Control 

      to all women who suffer from rosacea sorry guys

      Rosacea and Birth Control Pills Treato

      How I've Been Dealing Since Going Off The Pill Wrecked My Skin

      Rosacea Acne/just got off birth control pill

      What Causes Acne? "Starting or stopping birth control pills"

      The Best Birth Control Pills for Acne Treatment in Women If you have any thoughts or other links to add to this thread, that is what volunteering is all about and hope you can add to this discussion. 
    • Wikipedia says, "Oxymetazoline is available over-the-counter as a topical decongestant in the form of oxymetazoline hydrochloride in nasal sprays such as Otrivin, Afrin, Operil, Dristan, Dimetapp, Oxyspray, Facimin, Nasivin, Nostrilla, Sudafed OM, Vicks Sinex, Zicam, SinuFrin, Drixoral and Mucinex Full Force. In the United States, oxymetazoline 1% cream is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for topical treatment of persistent facial erythema (redness) associated with rosacea in adults. Due to its vasoconstricting properties, oxymetazoline is also used to treat nose bleeds and eye redness due to minor irritation (marketed as Visine L.R. in the form of eye drops).
    • "If you have rosacea, you just need to be more careful. You can’t be flinging things on your face with abandon," she explains. "The skin of many rosacea sufferers may also be sensitive and easily irritated." Dr. Sarah Tonks of The Lovely Clinic The Skin-Care Trends You Should Try If You Have Sensitive Skin
      DANIELA MOROSINI, Refinery29