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How do medications treat rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma is usually treated with surgery, but some medications are helpful in treating the rosacea that can lead to rhinophyma to prevent rhinophyma from developing. Topical medications including metronidazole, azelaic acid, and benzoyl peroxide can reduce redness and inflammation. Some oral antibiotics such as erythromycin and tetracycline can also reduce inflammation, often more quickly than topical treatments do. Isotretinoin reduces oil production from the sebaceous glands, and can be used topically or orally. When used orally, isotretinoin requires monitoring by a doctor because its side effects can be serious.

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