Study Suggests Women with Rosacea are More Likely to be Perceived Negatively by Others - What Do You Think?

A new study conducted as part of the national educational campaign Rosacea SKINsights finds that women with rosacea symptoms are "more likely to be perceived by others as unhealthy, insecure, less intelligent."

Using a "unique digital perception survey", contrasting images of women with signs of rosacea and women with clear skin were shown to individuals with and without rosacea.  1,511 people were surveyed and respondents were asked to give their opinions of the women based soley on the images. Half of the photographs featured women with clear skin and half of the photographs were digitally enhanced to simulate rosacea symptoms.  The survey found that "based on first impressions of the images, when it comes to attributes such as confidence, attitude and intelligence, women with rosacea symptoms were consistently ranked differently than their clear-skinned counterparts."

Additionally, the results also revealed some interested attitudes towards treatment and general awareness about this common condition including:

  • On average, women with rosacea waited more than half a year before receiving a correct diagnosis
  • Half of respondents were unfamiliar with the condition upon the time of diagnosis.
  • Women with rosacea were willing to make great sacrifices to acheive clear skin including giving up wearing make-up (33%), forgoing exercising (22%) and not watching television for one year (21%)

"The survey results confirm that rosacea can have a strong impact on people professionally, socially and romantically," saidSamuel Huff, Executive Director of the National Rosacea Society. "The National Rosacea Society urges people to educate themselves about this widespread, yet often misunderstood disease, and encourages anyone who thinks they may have rosacea to see a dermatologist to receive a timely diagnosis and appropriate therapy." 


The survey was sponsored by Galderma Laboratories and developed in partnership with the National Rosacea Society.

SOURCE National Rosacea Society; Galderma Laboratories, L.P

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Published on 04/14/2010 | Last updated on 10/18/2018