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Summer 1997

Survey Shows Skin-Care Products, Ingredients May Aggravate Rosacea

A survey recently conducted by the National Rosacea Society helps identify types of skin-care products that commonly pose problems for rosacea sufferers and which ingredients may be important to avoid.

Q&A: Birth Control & Topical Medication

Q. Can rosacea be aggravated by birth control pills?

A. Nothing has been reported in the medical literature indicating that birth control pills may cause rosacea flare-ups. Later in life, however, some women find they develop rosacea during menopause because of the increase in flushing as their bodies undergo hormonal changes.

New Booklet Helps Cope with Rosacea Lifestyle Factors

Rosacea sufferers have achieved considerable success controlling their rosacea when they combine medical therapy with control of lifestyle factors that aggravate their individual conditions. Now a new booklet has been published by the National Rosacea Society to help simplify this process.

Called "Coping with Rosacea: Tips on Lifestyle Management for Rosacea Sufferers," the booklet is a handy guide for overcoming the most common tripwires that may affect rosacea sufferers.

Managing Flare-ups on Social Occasions

"Looking good" isn't just a concern of the young. Mature adults also want to make a good impression, and even those firmly established in long-term social relationships want to be at their best for social occasions.

Here are tips on how to avoid or cope with a flare-up that could imperil your social life.

  • Be prepared. In the days before special occasions, take particular care to avoid lifestyle factors that affect your individual condition. Also be sure to use all medication as prescribed in the weeks before.

Sufferer Turns to Poetry to Soothe His Skin Problem

Theodore C. Kent, Ph.D. has his own method for soothing his rosacea. He turns to poetry to help relieve stress and his rosacea symptoms.

"Poetry, because of its rhythms, dives into your psyche," said Dr. Kent, a retired clinical psychologist who now teaches retirees who have gone back to school. "It provides advice and encouragement that make you feel better about yourself."

Long-Term Topical Therapy Can Halt Flare-ups

Long-term treatment with topical medication alone was found to effectively keep rosacea at bay in a multicenter clinical study reported at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

In the study, after being successfully treated with a combination of oral and topical antibiotics to bring their rosacea under initial control, 88 rosacea sufferers were randomly assigned to use alone either a topical antibiotic or the same topical gel without the antibiotic (placebo) twice daily for six months.

A Fine Complexion Need Not Become a Distant Memory

Many rosacea sufferers grow up with a complexion that initially is very fine. But when rosacea strikes, being accustomed to compliments on a "peaches and cream" complexion can make the relentless march of unsightly redness, pimples and excess tissue growth especially shocking.

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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.