(Acne rosacea)

  • Also known as
  • Acne rosacea

Rosacea is a long-term disease that affects your skin and sometimes your eyes. It causes redness and pimples. Rosacea is most common in women and people with fair skin. It most often affects middle-aged and older adults.

In most cases, rosacea only affects the face.

  • Symptoms of Rosacea
  • Frequent redness of the face, or flushing
  • Pimples
  • Small, red lines under the skin
  • Swollen nose
  • Think skin, usually on the forehead, chin, and cheeks
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Top Medications for Rosacea

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  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Doxycycline50%
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  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Doxycycline50%
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All Medications for Rosacea

  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Doxycycline
      Prescription only

      Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

      Is it worth it?

      Women 50%

      Men 50%

      • Pill
      • delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Nitroimidazole

    • Flagyl
      Prescription only

      Flagyl (Metronidazole) is a very good way to treat certain bacterial infections, but you can't have any alcohol while on it since it'll make you throw up. A lot.

      Is it worth it?

      Men 100%

      • Pill
      • extended release tablet


  • Prednisolone
    Prescription only

    Pred Forte (Prednisolone) is strong medicine for eye redness and swelling without exposing the rest of your body to the steroid medicine.

    Is it worth it?

    Men 100%

  • Acne agent > Retinoid

    • Accutane
      Prescription only

      Accutane (Isotretinoin) may be the last hope if you have severe, resistant, nodular acne. Talk to your doctor about the risk of birth defects, serious side effects, access restrictions and required patient contract to make sure it's right for you.

      Is it worth it?

      Women 62%

      Men 51%

  • Acne agent > Antibiotic

    • Tetracycline
      Prescription only

      Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

      Is it worth it?

      Women 50%

      Men 48%

      • Pill
      • Cream, gel, or ointment

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Rosacea

  • Tips from our users

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  • Coping strategies from our users

  • Only occasionally drink alcohol and use zinc oxide as your sunblock. Cotz makes a tinted zinc oxide just for the face.
  • What worked from our users

  • Night time topical treatments of Tazorac and Elidel work best when I have severe inflammation.
  • I rarely promote products but, in this case, I will. Yonka's Creme 11 moisturizer removes most of the inflammation overnight. Dab just on the breakout in the morning after cleansing your face and in the evening before bed. Helped me tremendously.