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Rosacea Causes Emotional Pain

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"The study found that people stigmatized by rosacea: are embarrassed by their skin condition (77 per cent); have difficulty establishing new relationships (53 per cent); avoid public contact or cancel social engagements (54 per cent); get depressed (70 per cent); lose confidence (69 per cent); and feel frustrated and angry (74 per cent). Rosacea also negatively affected their sex life, family life, work life, mood and psychological condition."

Study confirms the emotional pain rosacea inflicts, says Windsor dermatologist, Brian Cross, CTV Windsor [1]

"Skin diseases, especially those with visible manifestation, are considered to cause a major influence on global mental health. Therefore, we determined the prevalence and severity of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation in a large sample of patients with facial dermatoses, namely acne, rosacea, folliculitis, and perioral dermatitis....Acne and rosacea are associated with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation in Lithuanian patients. Younger patients are more prone to report such symptoms than older ones." [2]

End Notes

[1] J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol., 21 June 2016
Feelings of stigmatization in patients with rosacea
B. Halioua,  B. Cribier,  M. Frey,  J. Tan

Other articles by J Tan

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2016 Mar;30(3):428-34. doi: 10.1111/jdv.13556.
Prevalence of rosacea in the general population of Germany and Russia - The RISE study.
Tan J, Schöfer H, Araviiskaia E, Audibert F, Kerrouche N, Berg M; RISE study group.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 69, Issue 6, Supplement 1, December 2013, Pages S27-S35
Rosacea: Current state of epidemiology
JerryTan MD, Mats Berg MD


[2] Dermatology. 2020 Apr 06;:1-9
Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation amongst Patients with Facial Dermatoses (Acne, Rosacea, Perioral Dermatitis, and Folliculitis) in Lithuania.
Lukaviciute L, Ganceviciene R, Navickas P, Navickas A, Grigaitiene J, Zouboulis CC

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