The National Rosacea Society has launched a program to identify skin care and cosmetic products that will not irritate sensitive skin.
The National Rosacea Society (NRS) recently announced that it is launching a Seal of Acceptance program to identify skin care and cosmetic products that may be suitable for patients with rosacea.1 Due to sensitive and easily irritated skin, patients with rosacea must pay particular attention to skin care and cosmetic products.
Of the estimated 415 million individuals with rosacea worldwide, 92% report burning, itching, or stinging skin and 66% said certain skin care or cosmetic products trigger their rosacea symptoms, according to the NRS. Members of NRS frequently ask for recommendations on products that are safe for them to use and 84% of patients with rosacea reported being “very interested” in more guidance on skin care.
“The NRS decided it could offer a public service by establishing a testing methodology for skin care products that would ensure to the greatest degree possible that a given product would be suitable for rosacea sufferers. The Seal program was developed to help rosacea sufferers identify products that are safe to use on their sensitive skin. The Seal of Acceptance is intended to fulfill this unmet need,” said Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, president and principal investigator at Dermatology Consulting Services, PLLC, in High Point, North Carolina, and Dermatology Times’® editor in chief.
Applicants for the Seal must provide a full list of ingredients as well as human repeat insult patch test (HRIPT) data on at least 30 patients and safety-in-use test data on at least 30 patients with rosacea. Skin care products must not contain any ingredients that cause skin barrier dysfunction, vasomotor instability (flushing), or unwanted neurosensory stimulation, such as burning or itching, to be considered for the Seal.
By designating products that are safe for those with rosacea, patients will not be wasting money on products that irritate their skin. Companies can clearly indicate that a product has been given the NRS Seal of Acceptance. Draelos added, “Dermatologists can look on the NRS website and see which products have received the Seal and can therefore be safely recommended to patients.”
Applications are currently being accepted and are undergoing consideration to receive the Seal. For more information or to request an application, visit www.rosacea.org/seal-of-acceptance/.