Skin conditions

Rosacea

(Acne rosacea)

About 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
  • Red, dry, itchy eyes, and sometimes vision problems

Top Medications for Rosacea according to our users

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All Medications for Rosacea

  • doxycycline
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Finacea
    (azelaic acid)
    Prescription only

    Finacea (azelaic acid) helps treat raised spots and pimple-like bumps that come from rosacea, but only provides slight redness improvement. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the redness from rosacea.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Gel, foam
  • Metrogel
    (metronidazole)
    Prescription only

    Metrogel (metronidazole) is effective for bacterial infections or skin conditions, but you may need to avoid alcohol while using this.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, Gel, or Ointment
    • Vaginal Cream, Gel, or Ointment
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Eye drops
  • Soolantra
    (ivermectin)
    Prescription only

    Soolantra (ivermectin) is effective for rosacea, but it can be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Rosacea

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • get laser instead!
  • I've used apple cider vinegar in a 1;1 solution with water. Wipe it on with a cloth or cotton ball. You can rinse it off in 1/2 hour. It's done a better job than metronidazole and even makes my skin soft. Not for your eyes.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Only occasionally drink alcohol and use zinc oxide as your sunblock. Cotz makes a tinted zinc oxide just for the face.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • 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.
  • Night time topical treatments of Tazorac and Elidel work best when I have severe inflammation.