April 27, 2011 09:00 ET

Rosacea Found to Affect Career and Happiness Levels in North Americans

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) - Rosacea, a chronic skin condition affecting more than 18 million North Americans, is being linked to low self-esteem and having adverse affects on career opportunities. A survey by the National Rosacea Society reported more than 76 percent of rosacea patients said their skin condition lowered their self-esteem. Nearly 70 percent also said their skin condition had adversely affected their professions, with 30 percent having missed work because of their skin.

"Rosacea is hard to hide from," explained Dr. Jason Rivers, an internationally recognized dermatologist. "Common symptoms are red and inflamed skin around the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, areas that are difficult to cover up."

Many rosacea sufferers are unaware they have the chronic condition as it is often misdiagnosed as adult acne. In fact 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of rosacea including how to recognize it or what to do about it.

"Adults, particularly baby-boomers are in the age group where rosacea commonly onsets and it can be psychologically devastating," said Dr. Rivers. "Unfortunately, many of them don't seek help simply because they're unaware they have it."

After continual requests for product recommendations from patients affected by rosacea and sensitive skin, Dr. Rivers developed his own skin care line, Riversol For Rosacea. The skin care line, which was recently launched, uses a key ingredient called thujaplicin (thoo-ya-pli-cin).

Derived from the western red cedar tree, thujaplicin boasts a potent antioxidant that is effective on even the most sensitive skin types. Clinical studies have demonstrated thujaplicin to have natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antifungal properties. The ingredient is rarely used in skin care lines, however, because it's expensive to extract and produce. Riversol For Rosacea is now available at select doctors' offices as well as online at www.riversol.com.

About Dr. Jason Rivers

Dr. Jason Rivers is board certified and internationally regarded as one of North America's top dermatologists. He is a partner at Pacific Dermaesthetics, a medical and cosmetic dermatology practice in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Rivers has published more than 135 scientific articles. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery and associate editor of The Skin Therapy Letter.

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