Many Canadians are unable to recognize rosacea, a skin disorder causing redness on the face that affects more than two million adults in this country.
In a recent survey commissioned by the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada, seven in ten Canadians shown an image of a person with persistent redness in the central face – the number one sign of rosacea – were not aware this was due to rosacea.
“Since rosacea appears on the face and can last for years, there can be significant emotional effects such as social anxiety, lack of confidence, embarrassment and in some cases, depression,” Vancouver dermatologist and president of the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada, Dr. Jason Rivers explained.
“If you cannot recognize the signs of rosacea, you won’t suspect you have it or seek treatment, prolonging the emotional effects,” he added. “There are safe and effective treatments to bring rosacea under control and minimize the effects. Studies have shown people feel happier, healthier and more confident as rosacea improves.”
“There are also a lot of self-care measures that can help keep rosacea at bay such as good skincare and avoiding everyday triggers that set off the flushing and blushing of rosacea,” Dr. Rivers said.
The survey also revealed differences in knowledge of rosacea between Canadian women and men.
“We saw that women have better knowledge of rosacea and that’s good news because women 30 to 50 years old are at highest risk. However, some 43 percent of men said they had never heard of rosacea. It’s important to point out that men also get rosacea and tend to get more severe symptoms,” Dr. Rivers added. “Men should be aware of the signs and seek early treatment if rosacea is affecting their life.”
Another survey finding was there is little awareness that red bumps and pimples with persistent, central facial redness are another sign of rosacea.
“The type of rosacea with redness and spots is often confused with adult acne. When drug store acne treatments are used, rosacea can often be made worse with more irritation, redness and dryness. Getting a correct diagnosis from your family doctor or dermatologist is important to getting this condition under control and seeing improvement,” said Dr. Rivers.
During Rosacea Awareness Month, Canadians are encouraged to learn about rosacea by visiting www.RosaceaHelp.ca, a website of the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada, a not for profit organization led by Canadian dermatologists.
Videos about the new survey and rosacea awareness are featured on the society’s YouTube channel via this link www.youtube.com/channel/UC3uzskJ4g2PDl6iyWZ5cUEg/videos. Rosacea tips and insights can be found at the Rosacea Help Facebook page.