Rosacea Can Make Sufferers Life Miserable

Written by on February 6, 2006 in depression & anxiety, Mental Health with 0 Comments

This study addresses something obvious to us all: rosacea can strongly affect how we feel about ourselves.

Correlates of health-related quality of life in women with severe facial blemishes.

International Journal of Dermatology. 2006 Feb;45(2):111-5.

Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD, Amy J. McMichael, MD, Judy Y. Hu, MD, Fabian T. Camacho, MS, Katherine R. Shew, BS, Anne Bouloc, MD, PhD, Stephen R. Rapp, PhD, and Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD

Division of Management and Policy Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX.

Background: Facial appearance plays a large role in self-perception and interaction with others. Visible facial skin lesions are a common condition.

Purpose: This study assessed factors associated with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in women with visible facial skin lesions.

Methods: The study included 73 women with one or more of the following conditions: acne, dermatosis papulosis, hypopigmentation, lentigenes, melasma, rosacea, vascular proliferations and other facial scars. The Skindex-16 was used as a measure of HRQOL. Fear of negative evaluation (FNE) was assessed to determine whether self-perception characteristics relate to HRQOL.

Results: There were strong correlations in both bivariate and multivariate analyses among increased FNE, heightened perception of QOL without the facial condition and lower overall HRQOL (P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively). There were no differences in HRQOL by type of facial condition, as well as no effects of the area covered by the condition on HRQOL. Interestingly, women not using foundations represented only 10% of the study population and had better HRQOL than women who did use foundations.

Conclusions: Severe facial blemishes of any cause have a significant impact on women’s QOL, and the effect of these lesions is mediated in part by psychological characteristics related to self-perception and self-presentation.

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