09 Feb Quality of Life and Mental Health Linked to Rosacea
Nobody knows the exact cause of rosacea, a harmless condition that results in flushing (sometimes very intensely) of the face, neck, and chest. It is commonly confused with acne, which is why routine visits to Spectrum Dermatology is key. You should see a dermatologist just as often as you see a dentist or general physician. Diagnosing skin disorders like rosacea as soon as possible means starting treatment or management of the condition faster. Although rosacea isn’t curable, there are steps that can be taken to reduce flareups. Avoiding triggers has long been a pivotal part of rosacea management, with common triggers being sunlight, alcohol, and spicy foods to name just a few. Now, a recent study has found that poor quality of life and mental health conditions may have a stronger connection to rosacea than previously believed.
The study was conducted by Galderma and considered both rosacea and psoriasis. According to researchers, both of these conditions can significantly lower a person’s quality of life, with some patients saying they felt depressed and/or anxious because of their skin condition. The study used data from 361 physicians around the globe including the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, and France. In total, over 600 patients with rosacea and/or psoriasis of the face were included. The physicians were asked to answer three questions, including:
- What is the true extent of the burden patients face?
- How does it differ across the two facial skin diseases?
- By looking at the impact of facial skin disease from different angles, what insights can researchers gain to help patients and doctors achieve the best outcomes?
Researchers wanted to find out the challenges of managing each disease as well as any commonalities or differences between the two. Quality of life and mental health issues related to rosacea and psoriasis were also top concerns for the researchers. It has long been known that there are sometimes similarities between the two conditions, with laypeople confusing them with one another in addition to acne.
Study Results: Rosacea and Psoriasis
The findings revealed that rosacea and psoriasis negatively affect a person’s sense of control. About 90 percent of patients consider their disease at least somewhat uncontrollable, with many saying it was completely uncontrollable. An additional 40 percent reported that their skin condition affects their work productivity. Fifty percent of patients reported shame because of the disease. Those with rosacea were especially impacted, with 34 percent reporting low self-esteem compared to just 20 percent of psoriasis patients. Thirty percent of rosacea patients said they had low confidence compared to 18 percent of psoriasis patients. Finally, 28 percent of rosacea patients blamed themselves for the condition compared to 20 percent of psoriasis patients.
Both rosacea and psoriasis patients reported so-called invisible symptoms like itching, burning, and stinging. However, researchers also found that just 25 percent of doctors surveyed are actually taking note of these invisible symptoms. The doctors surveyed did tend to look into these symptoms more in psoriasis patients compared to rosacea patients.
Caring for Rosacea
The doctors in the survey said that mental health and quality of life were not “top priorities” when evaluating patients. Just nine percent of doctors claimed to consider how quality of life impacted how they work with patients. This is a major disparity. When comparing how much mental health and quality of life comes into play for patients as compared to their doctors, something needs to be done. In total, 58 percent of rosacea patients and 55 percent of psoriasis patients said their disease impacts their daily life. An additional 49 percent of rosacea patients and 43 percent of psoriasis patients say they experience moderate or severe depression because of their condition. About 33 percent of both types of patients report moderate or severe anxiety.
Approximately half of patients with rosacea and 33 percent with psoriasis believe their condition is triggered by choices they make, and rosacea patients more often avoid certain lifestyle decisions because of their perceived triggers (such as hot beverages, makeup, and going into the sun). A total of 73 percent with rosacea and 65 percent with psoriasis say they want to understand their disease better. This starts with working with a reputable dermatology clinic. If you struggle with rosacea, psoriasis, or any other skin disease or condition, Spectrum Dermatology is committed to a comprehensive plan that treats the whole patient. Schedule your consultation or appointment with our online booking system today.