- Topical medications. These are various medicines that you apply directly to your affected skin. Topical treatments can reduce redness and inflammation.
- Oral medications. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, which kill bacteria, or other medications to help reduce skin bumps caused by rosacea.
- Lasers and other skin treatments. Doctors can treat rosacea with lasers (a type of light treatment), electrocautery (a method that delivers a low current of electricity), and dermabrasion (which resurfaces the skin).
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredYour doctor can offer a variety of treatments for rosacea. They could include:
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There is no cure for rosacea, but certain treatments may help eliminate your symptoms. These treatments typically involve prescription medications and changing a few of your daily habits. Your doctor may prescribe topical gels or ointments like benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin to help reduce the appearance of redness and pimples. These can be used along with oral antibiotics like erythromycin and tetracycline, which can also help reduce inflammation and tend to produce quick results. On top of prescribing medication, your doctor may also advise you to eliminate any factors that exacerbate your rosacea like stress or caffeine, and also to use a milder soap or better moisturizer. When all else fails, it may be necessary to try isotretinoin. This medication is effective, but it is also known to have serious side effects so it is only used to treat the most unrelenting cases of rosacea.
HealthyWomen answeredTreatment for rosacea includes avoiding dietary, environmental and emotional triggers known to cause flare-ups, as well as practicing "sun safety" whenever possible -- cover up with sunscreen; wear light-colored, tightly woven protective clothing; and avoid the sun.
This condition also can be managed with topical or oral antibiotics. Metronidazole (Metrogel, Noritate, Metrocream), a topical antibiotic available in cream, lotion or gel form, is often used to treat the condition. Topical sodium sulfacetamide with or without sulfur preparations may be prescribed for rosacea treatment. Topical azeleic acid gel may also be helpful.
If rosacea doesn't respond to these treatments, or if cystic lesions form, tetracycline or other oral antibiotics usually control it. In addition, isotretinoin (Accutane), a powerful oral medication usually prescribed for cystic acne, is sometimes used in cases of severe inflammatory rosacea. Accutane has been linked to a number of side effects, including a possible association with depression or suicide. Discuss these risks with your healthcare professional.
You can reduce the redness of rosacea with make-up foundation that has a green tint or by undergoing laser, intense pulsed light (IPL) or electrosurgery treatment. These destroy the dilated blood vessels which reduces the redness.
Celeste Robb-Nicholson, Internal Medicine, answeredMany of the medications that are effective for acne pimples, including benzoyl peroxide and the topical antibiotics metronidazole and azelaic acid, will help to prevent rosacea flares. For enlarged blood vessels, doctors often recommend laser surgery, light treatments, or electrosurgery, all of which destroy the blood vessels that cause red lines and blotches.
You can control symptoms by avoiding anything that increases blood flow to the face, including hot drinks, alcohol, spicy foods, hot baths or showers, and rubbing your face. Avoid lotions and cosmetics that contain alcohol and fragrances.
There is no cure yet for rosacea, but there are treatments available such as topical retinoids, creams, and oral antibiotics aimed at decreasing redness, inflammation, and acne bumps. Your dermatologist can help you choose the best treatment plan for you given the characteristics of your individual rosacea. If you suspect you could have this condition, don’t try to take care of it on your own. There is not much by way of over-the-counter remedies that really work and, if left untreated, it can progress to the point that large blood vessels and pus-filled pimples appear.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.
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