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[2 min read] Understanding Rosacea: New patient resource

April is Rosacea Awareness Month – an opportunity for medical professionals to educate their patients on the symptoms, triggers and treatment options for this common skin condition affecting 1 in every 10 individuals.

The National Rosacea Society has recently updated its Understanding Rosacea booklet, which aims to educate both doctors and patients about the condition. The update includes new standards of classification and pathophysiology of rosacea, developed by a committee and review panel of 28 global experts and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

The Understanding Rosacea booklet is a helpful resource providing an overview of current understandings of rosacea for newly diagnosed patients, who often have lots of questions about the condition and the lifestyle changes it may bring.

Information is included on the causes of rosacea, medical treatments and skincare options, tips for avoiding triggers, and how rosacea is managed.

“According to the recently updated standard classification of rosacea by phenotypes (signs and symptoms), the presence of persistent facial erythema (redness) or, less commonly, phymatous changes where the facial skin thickens is considered diagnostic of the disorder. Additional major signs, which often appear with the diagnostic features, include papules (bumps) and pustules (pimples), flushing, telangiectasia (visible blood vessels) and certain ocular manifestations.”

Medical professionals can direct their patients to download the updated booklet for free at the National Rosacea Society website.

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