Is Rosacea Genetic?

What a loaded question! Is my rosacea because of something in my genes? Many rosacea sufferers, maybe even a majority of sufferers will know a family member who also has rosacea symptoms.

Is this the holy grail of rosacea research? Well it seems that the quest to find the cause of rosacea to date has meandered many paths that haven’t really arrived anyway substantial.

Certainly being able to find a genetic link to rosacea symptoms will be a powerful diagnostic tool. Imagine being able to be positively diagnosed with rosacea based on a clinical test!

The benefits of a genetic link, should one be found (and that is still an open question) continue with access to possibly new treatments and new ideas from related conditions.

Recent Rosacea Blog Posts

Stanford continuing Genetic link to Rosacea

Last year a group of researchers from Stanford University and 23andMe, lead by Dr. Anne Chang published some ground breaking discoveries relating to 2 genes that looked like they might be related to rosacea symptoms. The findings were described by Stanford; Genetic basis of rosacea identified by researchers The researchers compared the genomes of rosacea […]

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Rosacea and autoimmune diseases come together

Some recent research has highlighted the statistical relationship between rosacea sufferers and some auto immune diseases for women – type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis and for men – rheumatoid arthritis. There are plenty of whispers and associations of varying degrees between rosacea and any number of other conditions. This paper details research […]

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NRS: 2015 was a banner year for Rosacea

According to a recent posting at the NRS blog, 2015 was a banner year for rosacea. This claim was based on ; demodex research came into sharper focus. genetic research sun damage research links to other diseases found Genetic Breakthrough I found the genetic research into rosacea the most encouraging research finding in 2015. Genetics […]

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The Well blog on the New York Times mentions some very recent developments in the world of rosacea. It is great to see recent rosacea and genetics research and demodex bacteria research get a mention in a publication like the New York Times. Ask Well: A Cure for Rosacea? By RONI CARYN RABIN, DECEMBER 3, 2015 What […]

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Genetics accounts for half of why we get rosacea

From Genetic vs Environmental Factors That Correlate With Rosacea (JAMA Dermatol) We found that approximately half of the contribution to the NRS score could be accounted for by genetics and the other half by environment. We identified correlations between rosacea and UV radiation exposure, alcohol, smoking, skin cancer history, cardiac comorbidity, and age. These findings may help […]

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