Unfortunately, rosacea is a rather conspicuous condition thanks to the uncontrolled flushing it causes. A study that recently appeared in the journal Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy tried to investigate the link between the propensity to blush and psychological distress.
Questionnaires were given to a total of 127 people, 86 of whom were control subjects who did not suffer from rosacea. Of the remaining 31, nineteen had mild rosacea and twelve had severe rosacea.
It was found that stress and social phobia scores were higher amongst those diagnosed with severe rosacea, as well as a perceived higher propensity to blush. Common fears included that of being judged unfavourably both in professional and social situations. Some of those questioned were so severely affected by their condition that they sought help in the form of cognitive behavioural therapy.
If you feel that rosacea is holding you back, both in the workplace and with friends make sure you get the treatment you need. Rosacea is a chronic condition, which means it cannot be cured, making it doubly important to find ways to manage the stress and the flare-ups.
Rosacea treatment can also offer relief from the symptoms by reducing the appearance of the blood vessels beneath the skin.