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Topical Solutions and Skin Care

   Use of sunscreen is very important
   Mild retinoids can be used to treat pustules

Topical Solutions Important for Rosacea

Skin care for rosacea is very important, particularly sunscreen. This can be quite helpful in protecting sun-sensitive skin that is a hallmark for patients with rosacea. Often physicians will treat the redness associated with rosacea topically, which in my opinion, is very hard to treat in a meaningful way because the redness is the result of additional blood vessels brought on by sun exposure.

Mild Skin Care Used to Control Acne-Like Symptoms of Rosacea

Where I do see some improvement with topical skin care is in the papular symptoms of rosacea, the acne pustules and the acne bumps. These seem to be well controlled with an effective topical skin care regimen. These treatments are similar to those which are commonly used for treating acne, such as Differin® which is an adapalene gel and a mild retinoid. Metrogel® and MetroCream® are also commonly used topically as they are antibiotics that seem to have an anti-inflammatory impact on the acne symptoms and redness associated with rosacea. We generally used the milder topicals because people with rosacea can get irritated skin more easily than the typical acne patient.

For information on lasers and rosacea, see: Laser Rosacea Treatment, Choosing Your Doctor, Is there a Cure for Rosacea?

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Last Modified: January 21, 2009

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The information contained in the above article is purely for educational purposes and is not intended to provide any medical advice. Always consult with your physician before having any medical procedure performed.