What does research say about rosacea’s impact on self-esteem?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many scientific studies conclude that rosacea symptoms can affect a person's emotional state. In one survey by the National Rosacea Society, 76% of the 603 respondents said that rosacea caused lower self-esteem and diminished their quality of life. When you consider the noticeable red cheeks and possible enlargement of the nose with excess tissue, the acne-like lesions, and the inflamed blood vessels caused by rosacea, it's not surprising that this chronic skin condition can result in feelings of low self-esteem and depression.

People often judge each other by their appearance, and the cosmetic signs of rosacea can definitely be a hindrance. But there is hope. Talk to a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating skin, hair, and nail disorders. A dermatologist can assess your problem with rosacea and help you establish a rosacea action plan. Using this plan daily, you can learn how to treat rosacea, avoid rosacea triggers such as the sun and spicy foods, and get in control of rosacea symptoms.

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