When it comes to the treatment of Rosacea your best bet is to always make the required lifestyle changes. If you can then you will find that the condition is perfectly manageable. Sadly though, in some cases the condition can be rather difficult to keep under control. In those situations you may need to go down the medical route. On this page I want to take a little look at the variety of rosacea medication that your doctor may be prescribe you. What the doctor prescribes will depend on the severity of your condition. It is likely that you will not be using anything on a regular basis. However, your doctor may prescribe you something to keep ‘just in case’.
The Best and The Most Common Rosacea Medication Products
This is perhaps one of the most popular of treatments for rosacea. In fact, it is likely that you are able to pick this up without a prescription in some pharmacies. This is a topical cream used in the treatment of mild to moderate cases of rosacea. When you use this product you are in it for the long haul. You will have to use it twice a day for a number of months. Many people may find that Metronidazole actually causes irritation to their skin. If you find yourself in this group then you may wish to ask your doctor or pharmacy for an alternative.
This is often used as an alternative to the Metronidazole. It does pretty much the same job, although rather than target pimples and spots directly it will instead eliminate red flare-ups in general. You will be using this a number of times a day for several months before you can even think about your symptoms starting to clear up. The majority of people will be best off with Metronidazole due to the side effects which often occur with Azelaic Acid. In some cases it can end up making your symptoms a whole lot worse before you see any improvements.
If your spots and pimples tend to be slightly more serious than normal there is a chance that your doctor will set you on a course of antibiotics. These antibiotics are designed to reduce inflammation in the skin. When used in rosacea cases they will not be used to kill bacteria. It is likely that you will be using the antibiotics for a number of different weeks.
It is worth noting that your doctor will only prescribe antibiotics to you if they see absolutely no other way to eradicate your symptoms. This is because long-term antibiotic use is not recommended due to the body’s ability to adapt to the antibiotics and to basically stop them working. There are two different antibiotics that may be prescribed during severe bouts of rosacea. Each has their positive and negative points. Your doctor will choose what is best for your specific condition.
Tetracyclines: Whilst these are some of the most effective of medications for treating rosacea they can be dangerous to those who are pregnant or whom are breastfeeding. It can also cause a number of conditions to become prevalent in those who are otherwise normally healthy. If you notice any side-effects whilst taking medication classed as ‘Tetracyclines’ then you really do need to talk to your doctor.
Erythromycin: Not as effective but can be used in pregnant women.
This is a medication which is normally used in cases of severe acne. When it is used to treat Rosacea it will be given in a low dosage. It is worth noting that this is one of the strongest medications on this list. Your doctor will not be able to prescribe it to you. They may refer you to a dermatologist who will be able to do so however. If you are suffering regular rosacea flare-ups then you should be dealing with a Dermatologist anyway.
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment
In severe cases of rosacea you may find that it is very difficult to eliminate redness and visible blood vessels on the skin. This can cause a number of self-confidence issues. Thankfully these things can be removed easily using IPL treatment. It is worth noting that this is a very expensive route to go down however. The idea is that a very focused beam of light will be aimed at the visible blood cells. It will then heat them up to the point where they shrink and thus become nigh on invisible. This treatment can cause a bit of pain to begin with but eventually people become used to it. It may be worth looking into other methods first before you opt for this route.
If you are suffering from thickened skin around the nose (known medically as Rhinophyma) then you may be able to qualify for surgery. This is a plastic surgery. There are a number of techniques that may be utilized to remove the thicker skin from the area. The actual technique used will depend on the severity of your condition. In some cases you may have it cut off with a laser or dermabrasion. In more serious cases you may need to go ‘under the knife’.
Medication for Ocular Rosacea
In some cases of rosacea you may find that your eye becomes affected too. This is known as Ocular Rosacea. You will be assigned a number of different types of medication to deal with this. This includes eye drops that are used to deal with dry eyes. You may also be asked to ensure that your eyelids do not become inflamed by soaking them in warm water. If you are suffering from slightly more severe Ocular Rosacea (and this is very rare!) you may also be prescribed antibiotics.
Remember, the natural treatment for rosacea is only good to some extent. If you find that you are unable to manage the condition using ‘natural’ techniques then do talk to your doctor. They will be more than happy to prescribe you something which will make the condition easier to deal with for you.