Dermatology: how to manage rosacea in skin of colour

Khalad Maliyar, Sonya J Abdulla


Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin disorder affecting the face. Common cutaneous symptoms include papules, pustules, persistent centrofacial erythema, telangiectasias, recurrent flushing, phymatous changes and a variety of ocular manifestations. Previous epidemiological studies have demonstrated that the incidence of rosacea is much lower in people with darker Fitzpatrick phototypes compared to fair-skinned individuals. In patients with darker skin, the centrofacial erythema can be masked and difficult to appreciate, impacting the ability for providers to make diagnoses and leading to misdiagnoses. Thus, it is difficult to say with certainty that the disparities in prevalence in rosacea amongst fair-skinned and darker individuals are true. The primary aim of this article is to raise awareness that rosacea is a global disease and to provide healthcare professionals with strategies to identify and manage rosacea amongst individuals with skin of colour.

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Maliyar K, Abdulla SJ. Dermatology: how to manage rosacea in skin of colour. Drugs Context. 2022;11:2021-11-1.

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