Rosacea: An Introduction

Rosacea and Chronic Blushing - Bar and Kuypers

In 1973, Bar and Kupers first described patients troubled by "chronic blushing" as timid and socially inhibited "with emotions bottled up lest they earn disapproval by expressing them."

They commented that the rosacea patients they studied experience:

  • feeling of diminished self worth;
  • central and autonomic responses to social anxiety which includes facial flushing.

Bar and Kupers felt that this automatic flushing and blushing in turn creates its own embarassment and anxiety, leading to even greater social inhibition.

Some rosacea patients described certain social situations as "dangerous" or "risky" on account of their unpredictable facial coloring.


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