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Perceptions on the Psychological Impact of Facial Erythema Associated with Rosacea: Results of International Survey.

Dirschka T, Micali G, Papadopoulos L, Tan J, Layton A, Moore S - Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) (2015)

Bottom Line: Nearly 80% reported difficulty in controlling facial erythema but those with physician-diagnosed rosacea had significantly improved control versus those with undiagnosed rosacea (39% vs 20%, p < 0.05).Formal diagnosis, advice and treatment from a healthcare professional improve rosacea control.Galderma.

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Affiliation: CentroDerm-Clinic, Wuppertal, Germany, t.dirschka@centroderm.de.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Rosacea (including facial erythema) has a negative impact on psychological and emotional health. This survey aimed to assess the impact of facial erythema on subconscious perceptions and the initial reactions of others and how this affects attitudes in different settings. The survey also measured the impact of facial erythema on a person's emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Methods: A total of 6831 participants from eight countries completed online computer-assisted web interviewing psychological assessments based on the implicit association test. Traditional questionnaires provided data on the impact of facial erythema and perceptions of people with rosacea from other participants.

Results: Facial erythema was strongly associated with poor health and negative personality traits with participants reporting negative impacts of rosacea emotionally, socially and in the workplace. Nearly 80% reported difficulty in controlling facial erythema but those with physician-diagnosed rosacea had significantly improved control versus those with undiagnosed rosacea (39% vs 20%, p < 0.05).

Conclusions: People with facial erythema have to manage their own psychological barriers to cope with the disease and deal with the prejudice and negative first impressions of others. Formal diagnosis, advice and treatment from a healthcare professional improve rosacea control.

Funding: Galderma.

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A comparison of the strength of intuitive responses of health-related words associated with both clear and red facial images. A score nearer to 100 indicates a very strong intuitive association between the word and the face—while a score of 0 indicates no association. The differences in the strength of these associations between the faces are all statistically significant (p < 0.05)
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Fig2: A comparison of the strength of intuitive responses of health-related words associated with both clear and red facial images. A score nearer to 100 indicates a very strong intuitive association between the word and the face—while a score of 0 indicates no association. The differences in the strength of these associations between the faces are all statistically significant (p < 0.05)

Mentions: The intuitive (subconscious) word association strength of health-related words and personality-related words showed statistically significant differences when faces with erythema or no erythema were compared (Figs. 2, 3). Clear faces were strongly related to positive health and personality traits whereas facial redness was strongly associated with poor health and negative personality traits. The domains with the greatest magnitude of difference were ‘relaxed’, ‘healthy’ and ‘well’, implying that people with red faces are much more likely to be perceived as less relaxed, less healthy and less well.Fig. 2


Perceptions on the Psychological Impact of Facial Erythema Associated with Rosacea: Results of International Survey.

Dirschka T, Micali G, Papadopoulos L, Tan J, Layton A, Moore S - Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) (2015)

A comparison of the strength of intuitive responses of health-related words associated with both clear and red facial images. A score nearer to 100 indicates a very strong intuitive association between the word and the face—while a score of 0 indicates no association. The differences in the strength of these associations between the faces are all statistically significant (p < 0.05)
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Fig2: A comparison of the strength of intuitive responses of health-related words associated with both clear and red facial images. A score nearer to 100 indicates a very strong intuitive association between the word and the face—while a score of 0 indicates no association. The differences in the strength of these associations between the faces are all statistically significant (p < 0.05)
Mentions: The intuitive (subconscious) word association strength of health-related words and personality-related words showed statistically significant differences when faces with erythema or no erythema were compared (Figs. 2, 3). Clear faces were strongly related to positive health and personality traits whereas facial redness was strongly associated with poor health and negative personality traits. The domains with the greatest magnitude of difference were ‘relaxed’, ‘healthy’ and ‘well’, implying that people with red faces are much more likely to be perceived as less relaxed, less healthy and less well.Fig. 2

Bottom Line: Nearly 80% reported difficulty in controlling facial erythema but those with physician-diagnosed rosacea had significantly improved control versus those with undiagnosed rosacea (39% vs 20%, p < 0.05).Formal diagnosis, advice and treatment from a healthcare professional improve rosacea control.Galderma.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: CentroDerm-Clinic, Wuppertal, Germany, t.dirschka@centroderm.de.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Rosacea (including facial erythema) has a negative impact on psychological and emotional health. This survey aimed to assess the impact of facial erythema on subconscious perceptions and the initial reactions of others and how this affects attitudes in different settings. The survey also measured the impact of facial erythema on a person's emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Methods: A total of 6831 participants from eight countries completed online computer-assisted web interviewing psychological assessments based on the implicit association test. Traditional questionnaires provided data on the impact of facial erythema and perceptions of people with rosacea from other participants.

Results: Facial erythema was strongly associated with poor health and negative personality traits with participants reporting negative impacts of rosacea emotionally, socially and in the workplace. Nearly 80% reported difficulty in controlling facial erythema but those with physician-diagnosed rosacea had significantly improved control versus those with undiagnosed rosacea (39% vs 20%, p < 0.05).

Conclusions: People with facial erythema have to manage their own psychological barriers to cope with the disease and deal with the prejudice and negative first impressions of others. Formal diagnosis, advice and treatment from a healthcare professional improve rosacea control.

Funding: Galderma.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus