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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]

"Moreover, patients with rosacea are more likely to be depressed, have social phobias, and have an overall higher perception of their disease." [3]


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[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

[3] Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2021; 14: 601–614.
Updates and Best Practices in the Management of Facial Erythema
Jameson Loyal, Emily Carr, Rawaa Almukhtar, Mitchel P Goldman

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"Chronic visible skin diseases are a highly prevalent health problem. In Germany, around 10 million people are affected, most commonly by psoriasis, acne, rosacea and atopic dermatitis. In addition to medical consequences, patients have a substantial psychosocial burden. A study among dermatological outpatients in 13 European countries reported the presence of depression in 10.1%, anxiety in 17.2% and suicidal ideation in 12.7% of all patients. Patients with skin conditions also frequently report an impaired health‐related quality of life4 and feelings of stigmatisation."

Effectiveness of a structured short intervention against stigmatisation in chronic visible skin diseases: Results of a controlled trial in future educators

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"Using SF-36, rosacea patients were affected mentally the most as they reported the worst mental component scores, and the scores were significantly worse than that of melasma patients (rosacea vs. melisma = 46.5 vs. 52.7, p = 0.007)."

Impacts of skin disorders associated with facial discoloration on quality of life: Novel insights explaining discordance between life quality scores and willingness to pay

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'Current findings provide more evidence that rosacea is significantly associated with depression and anxiety, and rosacea may predispose patients to develop depression and anxiety. Clinicians should be aware of the psychological aspects of rosacea."

Association of rosacea with depression and anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis


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