The National Rosacea Society (NRS) recently highlighted the possible negative effects of rosacea in the workplace and on careers. 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.
In the survey of 1,134 rosacea patients, 60% of all respondents and 88% of those reporting severe symptoms said the disorder had negatively affected their interactions with others in the workplace. Among those with severe symptoms, 51% said they had even missed work because of their condition. Because the signs and symptoms appear on the most visible part of the body, the face, rosacea is much more difficult to ignore than many other conditions. You don’t just suffer the physical discomfort, such as facial burning and stinging or eye irritation, the effect of rosacea on personal appearance can be emotionally and socially debilitating. I know how it effects me especially when I am talking at a conference or a group I think people are judging me with my flushed cheeks and high colour complexion which only makes the situation worse.
With any skin condition we have to cope with the effects of the irritation and the emotional ones to, whether it is eczema, psoriasis or rosacea people can be so cruel they think they can catch it and are frightened of your touch. We need to educate people and make them aware!