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Beyond the Visible - How Rosacea Impacts Patients

Rosacea impacts psychologically and emotionally, as well as having broader impacts on society and healthcare systems. A global survey - “Rosacea: Beyond the Visible” highlights how significant this burden can be. The study covered 6 different countries, and observed 710 patients and 544 physicians.

Rosacea affects quality of life for 50% of patients1

  • People who reported that rosacea has a very large impact on their life visit their doctor more than twice as often as those whose quality of life is less severely impacted

55% of people are willing to give up 1 year or more of their life to cure rosacea

Over 82% of people with rosacea do not feel their disease is properly controlled

55% of people with rosacea in active employment said their condition had impacted their work productivity

Over 87% say they suffer with flare-ups

High-burden patients report spending up to 3.5 hours more on their skincare regimen per week1

33% of rosacea patients experience a high level of burden; DLQI101‡

‡DLQI; Dermatology Life Quality Index.

These are the most common symptoms that people with severe rosacea experienced1:

  • Flushing 48%
  • Itching 46%
  • Redness 43%
  • Burning 40%
  • Dry appearance 38%

These are the top 5 activities
avoided by rosacea patients1:

  • Sun exposure 50%
  • Alcohol 33%
  • Spicy food 26%
  • Sauna 25%
  • Hot climate 24%

Improving the dialogue between rosacea sufferers and healthcare professionals

Although rosacea is a chronic disease, patients deserve the opportunity to aim for clear skin, which is made possible by understanding all possible treatment options. To improve treatment outcomes, patients need to recognize that they are not alone and feel comfortable discussing the true emotional impact that the disease has on their everyday lives.