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Join the Fight Against Rosacea

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of the untold millions who suffer from this widespread but poorly understood disorder. Through education and advocacy, our mission is threefold:

Visit the new Causes of Rosacea section

From Demodex to the innate immune system, learn about research into the potential causes of this chronic disease.

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Learn more about this widespread disorder.

Rosacea research

Read the latest results of NRS-funded research into the potential causes and other key aspects of rosacea.

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What Is Rosacea?

Who Has Rosacea

Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a common but poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that is estimated to affect well over 16 million Americans -- and most of them don't know it. In fact, while rosacea is becoming increasingly widespread as the populous baby boom generation enters the most susceptible ages, a Gallup survey found that 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of this condition, including how to recognize it or what to do about it.


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Rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Click here to learn more about this conspicuous condition.

Because of its red-faced, acne-like effects on personal appearance, however, it can cause significant psychological, social and occupational problems if left untreated.

Emotional effects

In surveys by the National Rosacea Society, more than 76 percent of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among rosacea patients with severe symptoms, 88 percent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.

Symptoms & Treatments

While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, today medical help is available that can control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disruptive disorder. Any one of the following warning signs is a signal to see a dermatologist or other knowledgeable physician for diagnosis and appropriate treatment before the signs and symptoms become increasingly severe:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face.
  • Bumps or pimples on the face.
  • Watery or irritated eyes.

To learn more about rosacea, what it looks like and how to control it, click here.

Information is also available for health professionals, medical researchers and the media.

Maintenance of this website in 2014 is supported by unrestricted educational grants from the following companies so that individual donations can be used to fund research.

  • Galderma
  • Bayer
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Beiersdorf
  • Canela
Corporate donations do not influence content.

Contact Us

Phone:
1-888-NO-BLUSH
Email:
rosaceas@aol.com
National Rosacea Society
196 James St.
Barrington, IL 60010

Our Mission

The National Rosacea Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with rosacea by raising awareness, providing public health information and supporting medical research on this widespread but little-known disorder. The information the Society provides should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace

consultation with a qualified physician. The Society does not evaluate, endorse or recommend any particular medications, products, equipment or treatments. Rosacea may vary substantially from one patient to another, and treatment must be tailored by a physician for each individual case. For more information, visit About Us.