The NRS recently highlighted the possible negative effects of rosacea in the workplace and on their career.
As well any physical symptoms such as facial burning, blurred vision and debilitating flushing, the secondary worries about what others will think about your appearance make it tough for rosacea sufferers at work.
Will others think that if you can’t get your `acne face’ under control that something is wrong and pass you over when thinking about promoting you on merit? We would all like to think that this doesn’t happen, but what about the reality of it?
This survey suggests that the vast majority of those who suffer from severe rosacea do suffer negative effects in their career and in their relationship to their workplace.
BARRINGTON, Illinois (June 1, 2011) — Unless effectively controlled, rosacea can play havoc on job interactions and employment, according to a new survey by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) on the impact in the workplace of this red-faced, poorly understood disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.
In the survey of 1,134 rosacea patients, 60 percent of all respondents and 88 percent of those reporting severe symptoms said the disorder had negatively affected their interactions with others in the workplace. Among those with severe symptoms, 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.
In the new survey, 69 percent of all respondents and 87 percent of those with severe symptoms said they had noticed others staring at their face when they were experiencing a rosacea flare-up. Forty-five percent of all respondents, including 66 percent of those with severe symptoms, had also heard rude or inappropriate comments in the workplace about their facial appearance.
Of the survey respondents who were affected by rosacea in the workplace, 78 percent said effective medical treatment had improved their professional interactions with others.
Does Rosacea Hold You Back at Work?
Does your rosacea cause problems for you at work, or finding work? Any tips for covering up?
How about the other way round; Is your workplace bad for your Rosacea?