Improving Rosacea Outcomes in Skin of Color Patients: A Review on the Nuances in the Treatment and the Use of Cleansers and Moisturizers

Andrew F. Alexis, Heather Woolery-Lloyd, Anneke Andriessen, Seemal Desai, George Han, David Rodriguez

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Background: While rosacea is a common inflammatory condition that affects diverse populations, published data in skin of color (SOC) are limited. This review explored nuances in clinical presentation and treatment considerations in SOC patients with rosacea and the role of cleansers and moisturizers in the management of rosacea Do Not in these Copypopulations. Methods: A panel reviewed and discussed aspects of rosacea Penalties in SOC Apply and possible implications for treatment and maintenance. The outcome of these discussions, coupled with the panel's expert opinion and experience was used to define draft statements. After group discussions and an online review process, the panel agreed on the inclusion and wording of five statements. Results: Studies and anecdotal clinical experience suggest that rosacea is more common in SOC populations than previously reported. The clinical presentation of rosacea across diverse skin types includes the spectrum of clinical subtypes observed in other populations; however, clinical features may be less conspicuous in individuals with higher skin phototypes and the index of suspicion may be lower in SOC populations. To avoid underdiagnosis, dermatologists should consider rosacea in the differential diagnosis of any patient presenting with a history of skin sensitivity, central facial erythema, papules, and pustules. The compromised barrier in rosacea contributes to skin sensitivity. Studies including Chinese rosacea patients showed that using a moisturizer and sunscreen negatively correlated with rosacea development. Conclusions: The use of skincare could improve rosacea symptomatology. These products are recommended before and during prescription therapy and as part of a maintenance regimen as adjuncts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-580
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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