Rosacea has been reported less frequently among individuals with skin of color than in those with white skin, but rosacea is not a rare disease in this population. In fact, rosacea might be underreported and underdiagnosed in populations with skin of color because of the difficulty of discerning erythema and telangiectasia in dark skin. The susceptibility of persons with highly pigmented skin to dermatologic conditions like rosacea, whose triggers include sun exposure, is probably underestimated. Many people with skin of color who have rosacea might experience delayed diagnosis, leading to inappropriate or inadequate treatment; greater morbidity; and uncontrolled, progressive disease with disfiguring manifestations, including phymatous rosacea. In this article, we review the epidemiology of rosacea in skin of color and highlight variations in the clinical presentation of rosacea across the diverse spectrum of patient populations affected. We present strategies to aid in the timely diagnosis and effective treatment of rosacea in patients with skin of color, with an aim of promoting increased awareness of rosacea in these patients and reducing disparities in the management of their disease.
- disease management
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