Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Tips for Discussing Rosacea with Others

Perhaps your rosacea once seemed like a private affair, but you sense those around you may be wondering what is going on with your face. Here are some ways you can discuss rosacea without turning red.

  • Start by mentioning you have a facial condition common to many adults. With 14 million Americans suffering from rosacea, you are part of a very large group. If your discussion partner is unaware of rosacea, he or she may not know how common it is.
  • Bring some educational materials. Have your own copy of Rosacea Review or the Rosacea: What You Should Know booklet to share. This will add credibility to your discussion. Fill out the Materials Request Form to request extra copies if you need them.
  • Be sensitive. If your discussion partner is exhibiting some signs of rosacea, be understanding. Let them know if they have any concerns of their own, they should check them out with their physician. While not contagious, evidence has suggested that rosacea may be inherited and tends to run in families. It is also especially common among those with fair complexions.

Being open about your rosacea may not only eliminate embarrassment and misconceptions about this common but little-known disorder, but it can also help others with similar problems to seek diagnosis and appropriate treatment.