When we talk about chronic facial redness, we often only discuss the physical aspects of managing this frustrating skin condition. However, the consequences of facial redness go much deeper than your skin’s surface.
Chronically red skin, especially in such a visible area as your face, often leads to embarrassment, low self-esteem, shaky confidence, withdrawing from social activities, and a great deal of emotional distress.
If you’re dealing with skin redness and have been experiencing the emotional impact of the condition, we want to first acknowledge your struggle. You’re not alone, and you don’t have to deal with your skin condition by yourself.
We want to empower and equip you with information to help you feel more in control of your facial redness and to shed light on this little-talked-about topic.
How Facial Redness Can Impact Emotional and Mental Health
Chances are, no two people will experience or cope with skin redness in the exact same way. However, one study shows that many people suffering from facial redness do experience similar negative impacts on their emotional and mental health — as well as overall quality of life.
Here’s what the experts found:
- 90% of participants felt their condition was partially or totally uncontrolled.
- 40% of participants reported their condition impairs work-related activities.
- 50% of patients felt ashamed of their condition.
- 34% of patients experience low self-esteem.
- 30% of patients reported low confidence.
- 28% of patients reported blaming themselves for flare-ups.
- 58% of participants said their disease had a significant effect on their daily lives.
- 49% of participants reported moderate-to-severe depression.
- 33% of all patients reported experiencing moderate-to-severe anxiety.
… Yet only 9% of physicians said they investigate how rosacea impacts the quality of life of their patients.
Feeling unsupported and misunderstood can only exacerbate the negative psychological effects of chronic facial redness. Through education, a support community, and treatment you can help alleviate the emotional distress of suffering from skin redness.
How to Help Alleviate the Emotional Impact of Facial Redness
It’s obvious now that facial redness has serious psychological impacts and can impair your quality of life. But now what? Alleviating the emotional impact of skin redness without being able to actually eliminate the redness may be tricky, but it is possible!
Open Up the Conversation
Sometimes the best thing we can do is simply tell a close and trusted person that we’re struggling. For you, that may be your doctor or dermatologist, a therapist, or a close friend or family member. Whoever it is, make sure it’s someone supportive and trustworthy. Most people likely don’t know how your skin condition is impacting your life and will want to encourage you or just lend a listening ear. Hopefully, you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial redness. If you feel talking with those around you that don’t deal with facial redness isn’t helpful, there are plenty of people that can directly relate to what you’re going through. Try finding support from other redness sufferers. Believe it or not, many support groups exist online for those with rosacea and other conditions that can cause flushed skin.
Knowledge is power. Facial redness can be a very confusing skin condition. By educating yourself about the skin redness, chances are you may start to feel a little more in control of your skin health. Visiting a dermatologist is a powerful way to gain insight into your skin! You can also learn about the potential causes of facial redness and so much more right here on the Gladskin blog! You’re already doing that just by being here.
Minimizing facial redness helps to alleviate the negative feelings that come along with it. While easier said than done, there are steps you can take to help minimize flushed skin. And that’s exactly why we created the new Gladskin Redness Relief Cream! It relieves facial redness and irritation in a totally new way — through our unique protein — Micreobalance™ — that restores peace to the skin by bringing balance to your skin's microbiome.
With science born from the nature of healthy skin, this gentle treatment is formulated with a few safe ingredients and no fragrances, vasoconstrictors, antibiotics, or microbiome-disrupting preservatives, so you can use it as often as you need to.
If you’re struggling with the emotional and mental side effects of facial redness, we want you to know that you’re not alone! Our team here at Gladskin is here to empower and support you as best we can — through treatment options like Gladskin Redness Relief and informational resources in our GladHub. Join us on Instagram and Facebook for a community of people here to support you.
By opening up about the emotional impact of skin redness, we can help eliminate the isolation and stigma surrounding this important topic.