What are the treatment options for rosacea?
Treatment is important because, without it, flare-ups will continue, vision can be damaged and rosacea will get worse.
Rosacea’s symptoms vary from patient to patient, and treatment plans must be tailored to each patient’s needs. Patient surveys revealed that medical treatment of rosacea improved emotional and social well-being for more than 70% of patients.
Treatments may include:
Medications, both oral and topical (applied to skin), are often successful in reducing symptoms for many patients. Medications can target specific symptoms and may be used to both relieve immediate symptoms and maintain long-term remission.
Lasers and pulsed-light sources can remove (or make less noticeable) visible blood vessels and correct disfigurement of the nose. Side effects of laser therapy include swelling and bruising that can last for several days. Applying ice packs to the area can help with recovery.
Home-care treatments can help. Adopt a gentle skin-care routine that’s approved by your dermatologist for your specific type of rosacea. Always use a mild, non-abrasive cleanser; rinse with lukewarm water, never hot; blot your face dry without rubbing. Moisturize liberally and use a UVA/UVB sunscreen every day, even in winter and on cloudy days. Use non-chemical sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium dioxide. Stop using any skin care product that stings, burns or makes
Avoid lifestyle and environmental triggers to help keep your flare-ups at a minimum and maintain remission. You’ll need to track what causes your rosacea symptoms because every patient has different triggers. Keeping a diary of your daily activities and when you have flare-ups.