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 men

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Doxycycline
    51%
  • All women

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Doxycycline
    49%

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.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Nitroimidazole

    • Flagyl
      (Metronidazole)
      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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release tablet

Corticosteroid

  • 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.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Eye drops
  • Acne agent > Retinoid

    • Accutane
      (Isotretinoin)
      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.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • 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.

      • 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?
  • 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.
  • get laser instead!
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?
  • 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.