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How do medications treat rosacea?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Topical gels and ointments are often used to treat inflammation and redness caused by rosacea. These include antibiotics as well as azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin. Antibiotics, like erythromycin and tetracycline, can also be taken orally to help reduce inflammation and may work faster than topical drugs. In many cases, your doctor will prescribe one of each for a more effective treatment. If all else fails, isotretinoin can be prescribed to suppress your sebaceous glands and reduce the amount of oil they produce. While this treatment can be extremely effective it also comes with serious side effects and is only used as a last resort.

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