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    Is it normal to get embarrassed or have low self-esteem because of your Rosacea?

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    Dr Chris Jalilian

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Our appearance has a direct effect on our self-esteem. When the appearance of our skin differs from the norm, we can become more self-conscious and preoccupied with our appearance. It is normal to feel different, embarrassed, unaccepted or at-fault when things go wrong with our skin.  This is especially true for rosacea as it effects facial skin, where everyone seems to be looking!  In addition to this, embarrassment can trigger flushing which is a common component of rosacea anyway.  This can be a difficult cycle to break.  We know from recent studies, that patients with rosacea have higher rates of depression and anxiety than those without rosacea.  Rosacea is not just a cosmetic skin problem, but rather a disorder of skin which can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life.  Anyone experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety should seek advice from their GP and ask for a referral to see a dermatologist if the rosacea has been particularly difficult to control.

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