Once thought to exclusively affect light-skinned individuals with Northern European heritage, continuing clinical research has identified that rosacea affects “a broad spectrum of populations,” including those with skin of color. Despite these findings, rosacea prevalence in patients of color is substantially less studied.

“In order to effectively diminish the physical and psychosocial burden of rosacea, considering the diverse populations groups affected by this condition is paramount,” wrote Ahuva Cices, MD, and Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH, both from the Skin of Color Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.