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    We need volunteers. Volunteering has been shown to improve not only your health but also your hope. Some rosaceans tend to center themselves on their own skin issues resulting in a spiral into reciprocal deep depression with a tendency to isolate themselves. Volunteering breaks this cycle. It forces a rosacean into seeing that there are others out there with even more severe cases of rosacea than what they are experiencing. Helping a fellow rosacea suffer is worth every effort you can muster. The satisfaction of volunteering as a rosacean for other rosaceans is only experienced if you take the step to offer yourself willingly as a RRDi volunteer rosacean. 

    Could you seriously consider volunteering for the RRDi? The founder/director is appealing to millennials to think about helping others with rosacea through our non profit organization so we can keep this web site on the internet with its wealth of information on rosacea. If some don't step up to the plate and volunteer the RRDi may eventually close up shop. Seriously, do you want to see this organization cease?  The statistics globally show that volunteering is dropping (read this post). Then read below why you are needed. 

    If you would like to volunteer by simply joining our cause adding you name to our list and do nothing more that is the easiest way to volunteer. At the very least join the RRDi to increase our membership and if that is all you can do we understand and appreciate whatever you can do. Your email address is all we require to join. Our goal is to reach 10,000 members. 

    Volunteers are needed to recruit more members, for fund raising, public relations, writers to write posts on our member forum, editors for the newsletter, accounting/book keeping, webmasters, forum moderators, board members, researchers, Google AdWords expert, and grant writers. If you have a skill not mentioned, let us know. Why not suggest what you might volunteer to do when you join the RRDi, and in the application to become a corporate member there is a place to add a comment what your volunteer skills are. If you have questions, contact us. If you want to know what will volunteering do for you (?), skip down to the subheading, What's in it for me below

    We would like to offer each author reimbursement if we publish the article in the next Journal of the RRDi.  If you want to volunteer to be on the publication team as an editor, author, proofreader, or any other job please join our cause and state in the comment box you want to join the Journal Publication Team.

    Volunteers are needed for the public relations committee or to write requests for donations to major corporations in our Funding Committee. Please join and mention you would like to help on the Funding Committee or for Public Relations. Or you can personally write a fund raiser letter using this sample letter.

    To Volunteer as a Writer please join. Check our announcements for special needs. Writers, editors, graphic artists and proof readers are needed! We have the ability to turn your post into an article. Why not post your article?

    Volunteer to write letters for donations by clicking here.

    Grant Writers are needed.

    What's In It For Me?

    There is scientific evidence that volunteering improves health and well being. For more information read this post

    Volunteers may receive a special Gmail account associated with the RRDi domain email which is a G Suite (formerly Google Apps) account associated with our domain, irosacea.org.

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    To know more about the G Suite (Google apps) account click here.

    You may receive the RRDi Newsletter by joining as a corporate member and requesting the newsletter by checking the box when you fill out the application.

    You may receive on request a job referral with our letterhead if you volunteer for at least year to add to your resume or need a recommendation letter showing that you have regularly volunteered for our non profit organization. 

    Volunteers to POST comments in our member forum. 

    Volunteers Needed for the Following Jobs Immediately:

    Google AdWords Technician

    Google Analytics Technician

    Webmaster

    Forum Moderator

    Join the RRDi

    Mention which job you are volunteering for or create your own volunteer job and mention this in the appropriate box when applying.

    Another way help is by purchasing our Journal of the RRDi from Amazon or iUniverse which will help us continue its publication and may lead to some novel rosacea research. If you care to donate that would be appreciated.

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    • There are several acne treatments used to treat rosacea, i.e., Dapsone, Sarecycline, Azithromycin, Minocycline, and the list continues, not to mention the plethora of over the counter acne treatments to consider. A typical example of an acne treatment, Benzaclin, that is also used to treat rosacea is discussed in the following paper:  “Based on the theory that rosacea shares the same inflammatory features of acne, a recent study showed that, just as the combination of benzoyl peroxide 1 percent and clindamycin 5 percent gel is a powerful treatment modality for reducing Propionibacterium acnes levels, it also significantly reduces the papules and pustules of rosacea, according to Debra L. Breneman, M.D..… ‘Benzaclin, once daily, was found to be well tolerated and effective in the reduction of papules and pustules in patients with rosacea,’ said Dr. Breneman. ‘This lends credence to the theory that P. acnes is a potential aggravating factor in rosacea. This gives dermatologists a very effective treatment for rosacea.’ ” [1] Herbal Extracts for Acne  One report on the 'clinical efficacy of herbal extracts in treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris' concludes, "This herbal extracts can be a new therapeutic option for patients with mild to moderate acne vulgaris who are reluctant to use drugs." [2]  The herbal extracts include: Mangosteen extract Lithospermum officinale extract Tribulus terrestris L. extract Houttuynia cordata Thunb extract End Notes [1] Dermatology Times Publish date: Apr 1, 2003 P. Acnes Possible Factor in Rosacea BenzaClin a significant Tx in lesion reduction Beth Kapes Another example similar to above paper discussing topical benzoyl peroxide 5%/clindamycin 1% (BP/C) gel (BenzaClin) concluded, "These results showed that BP/C was significantly more effective than vehicle in improving papules and pustules associated with rosacea.' Cutis. 2004 Jun;73(6 Suppl):11-7. Photographic review of results from a clinical study comparing benzoyl peroxide 5%/clindamycin 1% topical gel with vehicle in the treatment of rosacea. Leyden JJ, Thiboutot D, Shalita A. [2] J Dermatolog Treat. 2019 Oct 16:1-5. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2019.1657792. [Epub ahead of print] Clinical efficacy of herbal extracts in treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris: an 8-week, double-blinded, randomized, controlled trial. Yang JH, Hwang EJ, Moon J, Yoon JY, Kim JW, Choi S, Cho SI, Suh DH.
    • image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons The RRDi financial situation is continuously posted at this url and as of this date, March 30, 2020, we have $771.42 in the bank. Based upon how we are spending donations (the income includes the small amount of affiliate fees we receive from Amazon) we will run out of funds in several months. So we are concerned about this and decided to first post this on our website before using the newsletter tool and send this same announcement to the members who have opted to receive our newsletter. You may wonder how much we are spending in donations currently and for the first three months of 2020 we averaged our expenses to $164/month. You can view how we spent donations for last year here. So you can see our current funds will only last us several months at the present rate of expenditure.  So let's compare this with how much money the NRS spends its donations (who is one of the other non profit organizations for rosacea). The only way we can get an idea how the NRS spends its donations is to look at the last financial report filed by the NRS as shown on Form 990 that the NRS files with the Internal Revenue Service for 2018 which is available for public viewing (the NRS releases its 2019 Form 990 much later and when it does we always review it since we have been reviewing how the NRS spends its donations since 1998).  So let's compare how the NRS spends it donations, that is, the amount each month is spent with what the RRDi spends each month.  For 2018, the NRS received in donations a total of $465,042. During this same period the NRS spent a total of $601,532 (yes the NRS can spend more than it takes in because of the assets they own which the NRS draws upon when the expenses are greater than donations). So on average, in 2018 the NRS spent over $50,000 each month! What did the NRS spend most of it donations on? The answer if you investigate is $432,408 was spent for the year (over $36,000 each month on average) on two private contractors owned by the director/president of the NRS, Sam Huff. So if you are happy with how the NRS is spending its donations that is just one of the other non profit organizations for rosacea that will continue if the RRDi runs out of funds and can't pay our monthly expenses.  So the comparison is: RRDi spends                           NRS spends $164/month                           $50,000/month (of this amount $36,000 is spent on two private contractors owned by Sam Huff) Just for the record, the NRS claims on its Form 990 for 2018 that 25.31% of the total donations received in 2018 were from public support. What is one of the most interesting revelations found on the from its Form 990 for 2018 report is that it reveals how much money was received from the pharmaceutical companies which is shown in a screen shot below: The above screen shot doesn't reveal for how long a period each of the above pharmaceutical companies have been giving the NRS 'excess contributions' but it does reveal the amounts. So if you are happy the way these pharmaceutical companies are contributing to the NRS and the way the NRS is spending its contributions and if the RRDi runs out of funds to keep going, you will surely have the NRS since it has lots of money to spend, especially on two private contractors owned by Sam Huff, the director/president of the NRS.  So it is simply up to you whether you want the RRDi to keep going or simply dissolve because of lack of funds. If you want to help out the RRDi there are two options, (1) donate, or, (2) volunteer (and help us get donations). If you have any questions or concerns, why not find the green reply button and post?
    • image courtesy of Free paper chain v.2 Stock Photo We obviously aren't sure of what community support means to you, but we are trying to figure that out by forming a NON PROFIT organization for rosacea patient advocacy and encouraging rosaceans to come together by joining the RRDi and taking steps to obtain and disseminate community support for those who are suffering from rosacea. What has the RRDi done in this regard? (1) Creating a website with pages of information, a forum of rosacea topics, a community support category, member driven rosacea blogs, galleries and clubs.   (2) Journal of the RRDi and the ability for anyone (amateur or professional) to submit a paper on rosacea to be published. (3) A legal non profit organization to allow donations to be tax deductible. (4) Education grants and the ability to volunteer as a grant writer for your non profit organization.  (5) A way for you to volunteer to help rosacea sufferers. (6) Attracting sponsors to support our non profit organization. (7) Instructions on how to use our forum.  So, what does community support mean to you? Please find the green reply button and post what it means to you? We would love to understand your concerns.  You may think that posting in a community of rosacea sufferers your experience with rosacea and getting some feedback is what community support means to you? If so, this is the correct forum category to do that by finding the green reply button and post your concern. 
    • "In a statement released Sunday night, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it had received 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and one million doses of hloroquine phosphate donated to a national stockpile of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which are oral prescription drugs used primarily to prevent and treat malaria, are both being investigated as potential therapeutics for COVID-19." Coronavirus live updates: FDA gives anti-malaria drugs emergency approval to treat COVID-19 The two drugs are being investigated as potential treatments for COVID-19., By Morgan Winsor and Emily Shapiro, March 30, 2020, 8:05 AM, ABC News Virus has never been ruled out in rosacea. 
    • This question was asked and I am sharing my answer here as well.   Basically everyone has demodex mites and it has been thought that the mites have some sort of undisclosed symbiotic relationship, i.e., the mites eat sebum which helps the mites and helps the humans keep sebum stasis. One report states, "....Demodex mites were originally perceived to be commensals, having a symbiotic relationship with the human host." - See Jarmuda et al published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology (second article mentioned in this post). While this same report says that 'most human populations' have NOT been sampled for demodex mites the general belief is that demodex are common throughout humanity and pose no problem as a pathogen except in the case of demodectic rosacea as far as known.    A Russian study on the mites says, "Demodex folliculorum shows signs of parasitism, while Demodex folliculorum brevis is a saprophyte."  It is comparable to bacteria which humans have a relationship with, there is good bacteria and bad bacteria. The probiotic bacteria and the pathogen bacteria. The demodex mites usually pose no problem with the vast majority of humans since they are possibly on everyone. Why they become more numerous seems to be of more importance.    For some unknown reason the mites are in higher density in rosacea patients. We don't know if the rosacea cause this increase in mites or does the increase in mites cause the rosacea, the old chicken or egg conundrum? There is evidence that reducing the mite density count improves rosacea.  It is clear that the mites like human skin since they eat sebum.     Maybe the increase of sugar/carbohydrate in the diet increases sebum which in turn increases the mite population, and voila, the inflammation of rosacea?    I don't think all rosacea is demodectic. GUT Rosacea is a different variant, but may be connected or associated.  The list of systemic comorbidities with rosacea keeps growing. The gut microbiome is obviously connected with skin microbiome (see my post on this).  
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