Famous Faces with Rosacea

It may start as a seemingly harmless blush or flush, but rosacea can progressively get worse. In addition to redness, the skin condition can cause breakouts, visible blood vessels, and skin thickening. There's no cure, but early treatment and gentle rosacea skin care can help take the red out. An estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea, so it's not surprising that celebrities are among those affected. Famous faces with rosacea include a "sexy" star, a former U.S. president, a beloved prince, and even one of the great masters of art.

Prince William and Princess Diana

According to the London Free Press, royal father Prince William is one famous face with rosacea. Characterized by facial redness and flare-ups, this skin condition is genetic and can run in families. The late Princess Diana also had the condition, according to the book Royal Fashion and Beauty Secret by Ann Chubb.

Cynthia Nixon

"Sex in the City" star Cynthia Nixon suffered with red, inflamed skin for years before getting diagnosed with the mildest form of rosacea. Nixon takes oral medication and uses gentle rosacea skin care to treat the condition and prevent it from getting worse. She's also aware of her rosacea triggers, which include exercise, red wine , and spicy food. Nixon helps to educate the public about rosacea as a celebrity spokesperson for the National Rosacea Society and has recorded public service announcements to raise awareness.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton's doctors revealed that the former President's often ruddy complexion was due to rosacea, which The New York Times reported in 1996. It's possible that stress during Clinton's tenure as president caused rosacea flare- ups. In a survey of more than 1,000 rosacea sufferers conducted by the National Rosacea Society, stress was the second most common rosacea trigger. Sun exposure came in at first place.

Renee Zellweger

The star of Bridget Jones's Diary and Jerry Maguire is among the celebrities battling rosacea, according to the London Daily Mail. Topical ointments such as creams and gels and oral medicines are the mainstays of rosacea treatment. When more relief is needed, lasers and intense pulsed light treatments can relieve redness and improve the look of visible blood vessels. Getting rosacea treated early can keep it from becoming a bigger beauty flaw down the road.

Cameron Diaz

On film, this Hollywood beauty's complexion may appear flawless, but Cameron Diaz is another celebrity who struggles with rosacea. The star of countless movies, including My Best Friend's Wedding and Gangs of New York, confesses to having very sensitive skin, which is always breaking out, according to Parade magazine.


Rosacea isn't only a problem for modern times. It's believed that 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn was another famous face with rosacea. The diagnosis actually came centuries after his death. In 1997, a researcher from Georgetown University poured over Rembrandt's detailed 1659 self-portrait. He reported in the British medical journal The Lancet that the masterpiece painter had an enlarged nose, visible blood vessels, and pimples in many areas of the face — all signs of advanced rosacea.

W.C. Fields

Comedian W.C. Fields had audiences rolling during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, but his skin condition was no laughing matter. His trademark bulbous nose was the result of advanced rosacea, called rhinophyma. Some blamed this celebrity's misshapen nose on alcohol as drinking was a big part of his act and his life. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, while drinking can trigger rosacea to flare, it's not a cause. Today, rosacea does not have to become disfiguring. Talk to your dermatologist to see what kind of treatment is appropriate for your rosacea.

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