The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has introduced a new Seal of Acceptance program aimed at identifying skin care and cosmetic products that may be suitable for individuals suffering from rosacea. This chronic immune-mediated skin condition affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by symptoms such as inflamed bumps, redness, swelling, and visible blood vessels. Now, people who are suffering with flare-ups will have some guidance before adding to cart.
According to Miami Dermatologist Dr. Deborah Longwill, the exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. “However, factors such as an overactive immune system, genetics, and environmental triggers can contribute to its development,” she says. “Common triggers include sun exposure, hot weather, emotional stress, and certain skin-care products.”
“It most commonly affects the skin of the face, with acne-like inflamed bumps, pustules, and patches, redness, violaceous discoloration, swelling, and ‘broken capillaries’ in a butterfly distribution over the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin,” adds Bloomfield Hills, MI dermatologist Linda C. Honet, MD. “Many rosacea patients also attest to experiencing flushing-blushing episodes with their triggers.”
To address the needs of rosacea-sufferers, the NRS Seal of Acceptance program aims to identify products that do not damage the skin barrier or cause flushing, burning, or stinging sensations. Companies seeking the seal must undergo testing on rosacea patients to ensure their products do not trigger flare-ups.
Andrew Huff, president and executive director of the NRS, states that the response from companies has been positive. “The initial response from companies has been very strong. We anticipate launching the Seal to the public this fall with a new section on our website, rosacea.org, listing a variety of skin care and cosmetic products that may be suitable for rosacea patients,” he says.
The Seal Acceptance program was guided and lead by High Point, NC dermatologist Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, who is a member of the NRS board of directors. The importance of the NRS Seal of Acceptance lies in its ability to guide rosacea-sufferers towards suitable products. In NRS surveys, 66 percent of respondents identified certain skin care or cosmetic products as triggers for rosacea symptoms. With this new Seal, patients can confidently choose products that have been vetted and found suitable for their condition.