Rosacea on the Rise

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Rosacea on the Rise

Although nobody knows exactly what causes rosacea, and there is no cure, researchers have found that it is on the rise. According to, the dermatological issue affects around 16 million Americans. About five years ago, the estimate was at 14 million. Chairman of the National Rosacea Society (NRS) Medical Advisory Board Dr. Jonathan Wilkin says that therapies have helped millions control the symptoms of rosacea, but it continues to grow as a chronic condition.

Rosacea Onset In Patients

Rosacea often first appears in middle age, which may be a big part of the trend. As the Baby Boomer generation shifts from middle age to elderly, those who were prone to developing rosacea later in life are seeking dermatological care in increasing numbers. However, many rosacea cases are mild, and sufferers may not get help. The actual number of rosacea sufferers is likely higher.

At a college in Dublin, researcher Dr. Maeve McAleer discovered that 14.4 percent of 1,000 people in Ireland have rosacea. In 1989 in Sweden, the percentage was 10 percent. The Swedish study revealed that women had rosacea more than twice as often as men, which is a statistic mimicked across western countries. Rosacea can be found in anyone but is most common in people with fair skin. Considering the diversity of the US, the diagnosed rates should actually be decreasing or at least stagnating—but that is not the case.

An NRS research workshop led by Dr. Alexa Boer Kimball of Harvard Medical School considered 2,933 random female volunteers. She found that regardless of the woman’s background, 9.6 percent had rosacea. However, 16 percent of all Caucasian female volunteers had rosacea. Still, she points out that the quick diagnosis was just a snapshot. More women may have had rosacea but were not presenting with symptoms at the time. She states: “Millions of additional rosacea sufferers may simply be in temporary remission.”

If you think or know you have rosacea, the symptoms are treatable. Contact the Board Certified Dermatologists at Spectrum Dermatology today at 480-948-8400.