Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon reveals for the first time ever that she has rosacea in a new online public service announcement in collaboration with the National Rosacea Society.

The online public service announcement features Cynthia Nixon speaking openly about her experience with rosacea and encouraging people to seek diagnosis from a dermatologist to keep their rosacea from potentially worsening over time.

“It was a relief to find out from my dermatologist what was going on with my skin, especially because rosacea can get worse if it’s not treated,” says Cynthia Nixon, award-winning actress. “My dermatologist told me that my harsh, do-it-yourself skin care routine was actually contributing to my rosacea flare-ups, and she helped me develop a regimen that worked for me.”

Rosacea is a chronic vascular condition, and it is caused by inflammation. Symptoms may include facial redness, pimples and eye irritation, and it can even lead to thickened skin and permanent visible blood vessels. Rosacea’s symptoms can be unpredictable, and the National Rosacea Society cites that triggers such as sun exposure, exercise, spicy foods, alcohol and hot and cold weather can aggravate symptoms. The symptoms typically emerge starting around age 30 in men and women. It can look like acne, eczema or skin allergies, making it tough to recognize.

“Over 16 million Americans have rosacea, but 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of this condition, including how to recognize it and what to do about it,” says Sam Huff, Executive Director, National Rosacea Society. “It’s important to spread awareness because in addition to the physical symptoms, rosacea can cause anxiety, self-consciousness and embarrassment among sufferers.”

To view Cynthia’s public service announcement and to find a dermatologist by zip code, visit www.ROSACEAFACTS.com. For more information about patient resources, visit www.rosacea.org or call 1-888-NO BLUSH.

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