Rosacea

5 Ways Rosacea Affects Quality of Life

Allison Tsai Apr 5th, 2013 (updated Jul 20th, 2015)
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Rosacea is a long-term condition that affects a person’s appearance. But its impact can go beyond that.  Here are five ways in which in can reduce a person’s quality of life.

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Frustration and embarrassment
Frustration and embarrassment

People with rosacea can feel embarrassed by their appearance, which can also lead to frustration. A National Rosacea Society survey found that 41 percent of people avoid public contact or cancel social outings due to their condition.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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Worry
Worry

Because rosacea is a chronic condition, and can worsen over time, people worry about their rosacea getting worse and leaving scars. Other people worry about the side effects of medication they take in order to improve their appearance.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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Low self-esteem
Low self-esteem

A survey from the National Rosacea Society found that 70 percent of people living with rosacea said that it lowered their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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Work problems
Work problems

Another survey from the National Rosacea Society found when rosacea is severe, 70 percent of people with the condition experience issues with interactions at work, and 30 percent said their rosacea makes them miss work.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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Anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression

Many people associate a red face with drinking alcohol. Because rosacea causes flares that exacerbate redness, others can wrongly assume people with the condition have a drinking problem. This can cause stress, anxiety and depression.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology