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What topical medications has the FDA approved for rosacea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several topical medications for rosacea. A topical medication is a gel, lotion, or cream that's applied directly to the skin. Two topical drugs that are approved by the FDA for treating rosacea are metronidazole and azelaic acid, which are sold under various brand names. These drugs lower inflammation, which can help reduce redness and acne-like bumps caused by rosacea. Metronidazole and azelaic acid are usually prescribed for mild to moderate rosacea. You doctor may also prescribe other topical medications that are not specifically approved for rosacea, but may help control the condition.

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