This common skin condition is now linked to Alzheimer’s

Researchers have found that people with the common skin condition rosacea appear to have an increased chance of developing Alzheimer’s

Researchers have found that people with the common skin condition rosacea appear to have an increased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Doctors conducted an experiment on 6 million people, including nearly 83,500 patients with rosacea, and found that those who had rosacea were more prone to Alzheimer’s.

They concluded that patients with rosacea had a 7 per cent increased risk of dementia and a 25 percent increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, with older people at the higher risk end.

The study was carried out in light of evidence showing that rosacea is linked to certain proteins implicated in a number of “brain-wasting disorders”, such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

The study’s first author Dr. Alexander Egeberg says patients with rosacea shouldn’t automatically assume they are going to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia though.

“Indeed, emerging evidence suggests that rosacea may be linked with neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease and now also Alzheimer’s disease,” he says.

But he goes on to explain that while they have found a link between the two, they do not yet know if one causes the other.

He is urging doctors to look out for signs of cognitive dysfunction in older patients with rosacea so that symptoms can be picked up early.

Do you have rosacea? Do you worry about Alzheimer’s and similar diseases as you grow older?


  1. Jeanette Smith  

    I suffer from rosacea and I have a fear of getting Alzheimers Disease. I’m hoping that the link is just an accident and not a fact.

    • Jill Jackson  

      It’s a red rash usually on the face I think mine is anyway. Mine is across the nose and cheeks and it can cause enlarged pores and a swollen appearance if not treated

  2. Heather  

    Cathy,,, Rosacea . is broken veins on the face, hands or cheat…

  3. Catharine Tangiia  

    My Mum is 90 and still as sharp as a tack… She has suffered from rosacea for the last 30 years.

  4. Mary  

    I would not pay much attention to this. I really don’t believe it’s true. If it were, then we are all doomed.

  5. Heather  

    I have Rosacea just like my Mum, who had it for 30 years. Dad had Alzheimer’s and Mum had Dementia. I have a great fear of both of these illnesses. I try keep my brain and body exercised to stave off these illnesses in my future.

    • maureen hubbard  

      I have had rosacea since my mid twenties and am now 73 years old and functionally well. Hope I stay this way.

  6. Susan Gabriel.  

    Glad someone explained what Rosacea is, I looked at the photograph, saw sknin like mine and thought, oh dear. After reading the explanation, re-studied thephotograph and there were no broken veins in sight. Bad illustration.

  7. Susan Gabriel.  

    PS. No explanation in the article, bit of an oversight of the reporter.

  8. I have had rosacea for many years, and get the broken capilliaries treated with lazer. I sometimes get the little pustules associated with this condition, but the lazer keeps them under control. My rosacea really flared up when I drank alcohol, especially red wine (haven’t had alcohol for many years now) and when I eat spicy foods. I also don’t use soap on my skin, as this can cause outbreaks – I use a sorbolene cleansing bar. Many people from a Celtic background suffer from this problem, which I found through research is a connective tissue disorder and is a distant cousin of lupus. I also get the dry mouth and eyes, a distant cousin of sjogren’s syndrome, although not as severe. Will I get dementia? Who knows! It hasn’t happened yet, but really, there is no happy exit from this life. Maybe by eating healthily, going to the gym 3-4 times a week, exercising my brain by studying, and doing what I can to help others, I can stave it off for a number of years yet.

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