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Rosacea can greatly affect a patient’s self-esteem and quality of life, leading to avoidance of public contact or social activities when their condition is active.

One out of every 22 people in the US has Rosacea, a genetically acquired, chronically progressive, inflammatory skin condition that causes a variety of facial bumps and redness, flushing, and sometimes nose enlargement or eye problems. Typically starting in young adulthood, Rosacea takes its stride in our middle years and beyond, characteristically waxing and waning, and classically triggered by all of the “fun” things in life: sun, wind, heat, exercise, alcohol, emotional excitement, certain foods or topical creams, etc…

Due to the common nature of the condition, the clinical aspects of Rosacea are sometimes ignored or minimized by medical providers. And the psychological impact is almost never discussed. Yet, nearly all patients with Rosacea experience physical discomfort (most commonly facial burning, itching, stinging, and swelling), and the degree to which this impacts their lives is often underappreciated. Moreover, new data is emerging on the non-physical discomfort caused by this condition. A recent study by Dr. Papadopoulos of the UK, has revealed that the facial redness associated with Rosacea may be subconsciously associated with poor health and negative personality traits. This study, conducted with more than 6800 participants from 8 different countries, showed that across cultures, people with facial redness were strongly associated with having poor health or health habits and negative personality traits. Participants noted that the skin was the first thing they saw on the study images they were shown, and that they were more likely to be “friends with or hire” the person without facial redness. Importantly, BOTH the general public, AND the Rosacea affected patients were found to hold these unfair and unconscious perceptions and biases, which can pose important psychosocial and emotional burdens in social and professional settings. Not surprisingly, Rosacea can greatly affect a patient’s self-esteem and quality of life, leading to avoidance of public contact or social activities when their condition is active.

Dermatologists who understand their patient’s unique experiences with this condition can offer options to improve the quality of their patient’s skin, and potentially the quality of their lives. While still not a curable condition, many treatments are available to control and greatly mitigate the appearance of Rosacea. There is no longer the need to suffer in silence.

SkinHappy MD offers a unique facial treatment to reduce the appearance of Rosacea. Most facial treatments rely on a single-step method of moisturizing or a simple abrasion or laser peel procedure. The HydraFacial™ treatment is different because it combines careful peeling with hydration. For more information visit us at skinhappymd.com.

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Her main goal is to help you understand the proper use of skin products, and how this can form the basis for a lifetime of healthy skin.