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    Rosacea’s psychological impact

    The results of a multi-country survey appear to confirm the belief that rosacea — including facial erythema — negatively affects a person’s psychological and emotional wellbeing.

    Researchers in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada designed the survey to assess the impact of facial erythema on subconscious perceptions and initial reactions of others and how these affect their resulting attitudes.  The survey also measured the impact of facial erythema on an individual’s emotional and psychological health.

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    From online general-population research panels, the investigators recruited a total of 6,831 people, 25 to 64 years of age, from eight countries: Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, France, Italy and Mexico. Using online computer-assisted web interviewing, participants answered questions from psychological assessments based on an association test.

    Participants were shown photos of people with and without facial erythema who were representative of the participants’ country or region. They were asked to accept or discard descriptive words shown next to each image — for example, trustworthy, relaxed, healthy, tired — with the speed of each response directly linked to the participant’s initial, subconscious perception of the face. According to the study, this provided quantitative and qualitative data that the researchers could analyze and interpret at various levels of complexity.

    Participants also completed a traditional questionnaire designed to ascertain comparative attitudes toward further images of facial erythema associated with rosacea versus non-affected images. In addition, all participants who had self-reported facial erythema during recruitment were asked to answer questions about their views of living with the condition and how it affects their day-to-day life.

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