Acne Rosacea Treatment
Acne rosacea rarely resolves completely, but treatment may reduce symptoms and keep the condition from worsening. Acne rosacea is initially treated with oral or topical antibiotics. Additional medications may be added for more severe symptoms. Some with acne rosacea will improve if they avoid substances that trigger worsening symptoms.
Treatment for acne rosacea may include:
- Avoiding substances that trigger acne rosacea
- Possible need for diet modification
- Regular use of sunscreen
- Avoid corticosteroid creams and ointments:
- Medication for acne rosacea:
- Isotretinoin (Accutane)
- Tretinoin (Retin-A, Avita)
- Azelaic acid (Azelex, Finacea)
- Benzoyl peroxide (Benoxyl, Benzac, Oxy-5, Fostex)
- Oral and topical antibiotics:
- Metronidazole cream
- Erythromycin oral or topical solution
- Clindamycin lotion or gel
- Minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin)
- Doxycycline (Vibramycin)
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- Eye drops for eye inflammation:
- Fusidic acid (Fucithalmic)
- Laser surgery for acne rosacea
Acne Rosacea Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of acne rosacea.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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