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  • Welcome to the Rosacea Research and Development Institute [RRDi] official web site. The RRDi is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization. If you suffer from rosacea you are a rosacean. Join us to find the cure. 

    We are rosaceans. Our non profit organization for rosacea patient advocacy web site is a digital data repository of rosacea information. You can add more information to our web site by joining and posting in our member forum becoming a part of 'finding the cure' for rosacea if you join

    Where to Begin Your Search
    About Us • What Causes Rosacea? • What Should I Ask My Physician?Rosacea NewbiesFamous RosaceansRosacea in the NewsTapatalk • Contact us
    Suggest you read our FAQs for at least a half hour. After that browse our member forum for another half hour. 

    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 415 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 (a dozen variants to differentiate).  

    "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.

    If you note, there are different definitions of what constitutes rosacea which is common. Clarity with phenotypes (see below) helps in a differential diagnosis. 

    Phenotypes
    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 using subtypes.

    Rosacea Differential Diagnosis 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.

    Treatment
    'There are a number of topical, oral and systemic treatments available. Yet, treatment for rosacea remains difficult." Expert Opinion Pharmacotherapy 

    “There’s no one treatment that’s going to work for everybody, but we evaluate each patient individually and try to select the treatments from our armamentarium that we think will be the simplest and safest for long-term control.” John Meisenheimer, MD, Orlando, The City's Magazine

    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).

    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.

    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). Our goal is to reach 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

    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. 

    Charter and Mission Statement
    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

    Of course there are expenses to keep this non profit organization going. Any donation you give will assist us to continue to keep this web site going, publish our journal, and sponsor education grantsMahalo for your donation. even if it is small. Every dollar helps us keep going.  

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    • Evaluation of the Performance of a Nature-Based Sensitive Skin Regimen in Subjects With Clinically Diagnosed Sensitive Skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Aug 01;17(8):908-913 Authors: Draelos ZD, Levy SB, Lutrario C, Gunt H Abstract
      BACKGROUND: Unique whole formula nature-based sensitive skin products are formulated to minimize irritation while providing conditioning and soothing benefits to clinically diagnosed sensitive skin.
      OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and compare the efficacy and tolerability of a regimen of cleanser containing natural oils, beeswax, and witch hazel, and day & night creams containing natural oils, glycerin, and botanical anti-inflammatories (NR); and a synthetic dermatologist-recommended regimen of cetyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulphate-containing cleanser and glycerin, polyisobutene-containing lotion (CR) in clinically diagnosed sensitive skin resulting from eczema/atopic dermatitis, rosacea, or cosmetic intolerance.
      METHODS: 120 subjects were randomized to receive either NR or CR, twice daily for 4 weeks in this double-blind study. Blinded investigator-rated and subject-rated overall skin appearance was assessed using a 5-point scale (0=none, 4=severe) at baseline, 2 weeks, and 4 weeks. Noninvasive skin assessments for skin hydration and skin barrier function were made by corneometry and TEWL, respectively.
      RESULTS: NR resulted in a 34% improvement from baseline in investigator-rated overall skin appearance (P less than 0.001); and CR resulted in a 4% improvement. Similar NR and CR results were found in the other efficacy parameters: tactile and visual smoothness, clarity, and radiance. Both regimens improved barrier function from baseline to week 4 (17%, 15%; NR, CR, P equals NS). NR maintained hydration from baseline to week 4 while CR increased hydration by 21% (P less than 0.001). No clinically significant tolerability issues were reported in either regimen at week 4.
      CONCLUSIONS: The study demonstrated that NR was effective, well tolerated, and superior to CR in the management of sensitive skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(8):908-913.
      PMID: 30124733 [PubMed - in process] {url} = URL to article
    • tranexamic acid solution in treatment of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.
    • Photodynamic therapy for rosacea in Chinese patients. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2018 Aug 14;: Authors: Fan L, Yin R, Lan T, Hamblin MR Abstract
      BACKGROUND: Rosacea is a common chronic cutaneous disorder which is characterized by flushing, erythema, papulopustules and telangiectasia. The pathogenesis of the disease is still unknown. A multifaceted approach is necessary to control the disease because of its tendency to relapse. New more effective treatment options are desirable to achieve a complete remission. Aminolevulinic acid-photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT) is a well-established treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer and precancerous lesions. ALA- PDT can also be used for inflammatory disease, including acne vulgaris. However, little is known about the efficacy and safety of ALA-PDT for rosacea in Chinese patients with Fitzpatrick skin types III and IV.
      OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy and safety of ALA-PDT in the treatment of rosacea classified as erythematotelangiectatic type or papulopustular type.
      METHODS: Twenty rosacea patients with either erythematotelangiectatic or papulopustular types were enrolled. 5% 5-Aminolevulinic acid in an oil-in-water emulsion was applied to the lesions under occlusion with plastic film for 2 h, and the lesions were irradiated with 100 mW/cm2, 80-90 J/cm2, LED red light (635 ± 15 nm) over 15 minutes in each session with four sessions at 10-day intervals. Objective measures (severity of flushing, erythema and telangiectasia, number of inflammatory lesions, VISIA Red Complexion Analysis images), subjective symptoms (including itching, prickling, burning, etc.) were recorded at baseline and at 4, 12 and 24 weeks after the last treatment. Adverse effects were recorded at each treatment and follow-up visit.
      RESULTS: During the follow-up period, all patients showed gradual objective clinical improvement compared with baseline (P < 0.01). Clinical inflammatory lesions disappeared completely in all patients after 24 weeks. Subjective symptoms, including flushing, itching, prickling, burning et al, had vanished and did not show any relapse during the follow-up period. The main side effects of ALA-PDT were pain, erythema, swelling and post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation. All side-effects were transient and tolerated by all the patients. No patients were dissatisfied with the therapeutic outcome.
      CONCLUSIONS: ALA-PDT is an effective and safe approach for the treatment of rosacea of erythematotelangiectatic or papulopustular types, to control clinical manifestations and reduce subjective symptoms.
      PMID: 30118905 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] {url} = URL to article
    • Related Articles The new therapeutic choice of tranexamic acid solution in treatment of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2018 Aug 11;: Authors: Bageorgou F, Vasalou V, Tzanetakou V, Kontochristopoulos G Abstract
      BACKGROUND: Erythematotelangiectatic rosasea is a common,chronic, relapsing disease characterized mainly by vascular components, for which many therapies may exist but with limited efficacy.
      OBJECTIVES: We decided to test the efficacy of tranexamic acid when applied topically on the affected areas.,Tranexamic acid is an antifibrinolytic,thus we considered it could be effective at this type of rosacea.
      METHODS: This is an unblinded study. We included 20 patients, having erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. All patients were women between 27 and 65 years-old. We divided the patients in two groups,the first group was treated only with tranexamic acid solution (Transamin inj/sol 500 mg/5 mL) infused wet dressing for 20 minutes, and the second group was treated with microneedling simultaneously with tranexamic acid solution topical application followed by tranexamic acid solution infused dressing therapy,every 15 days for four sessions.
      RESULTS: The improvement assecion was outlined according to the Investigator Global Assessment of Rosacea Severity Score (IGA-RSS) and the use of clinical photos and dermoscopy. All patients were improved in the end of the therapy. There was statistically significant improvement, 2 units IGA-RSS in the first group, whereas 3 units IGA-RSS in the second group. The improvement lasted more than four months. The tolerability of the use of tranexamic acid was also asessed.
      CONCLUSIONS: According to our results a new really promising simple, safe and cheap treatment option targeting mainly to the vascular net and the erythema of rosacea is proposed.
      PMID: 30099833 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] {url} = URL to article
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