Before and after Rosacea treatment.

What Are Some Treatment Options?

There are a number of treatments available to reduce the signs and symptoms associated with the condition. Schedule an appointment to see a rosacea specialist at BHSkin Dermatology for the best treatment options and results. Consider the various treatment options below:

  • Topical drugs
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Oral acne drugs
  • Laser therapies and other light-based therapy
  • Sulfur and Sodium Sulfacetamide washes

What Are the Types of Rosacea?

There are four types of Rosacea our specialists may diagnose you with. The four are:

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

Papulopustular (Acne) Rosacea


Ocular Rosacea

Characterized by the flushing, visible blood cells, and facial redness, Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea is the most common of the four. Papulopustular Rosacea mostly affects middle-aged women and is characterized by acne-like breakouts. Rhinophyma is a rare form of Rosacea that often affects men. The thickened skin on the nose is what makes this type rosacea unique. It usually presents itself after another type of rosacea occurs. There is also Ocular Rosacea. This subtype of the condition has everything to do with the eye area and all symptoms will center around here.

Faces with Rosacea.

What Triggers Rosacea?

Rosacea can be challenging to deal with but there are some things you can watch for. Triggers for Rosacea include:

  • Hot/spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Exercise or heavy exertion
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Hot/cold/humid weather
  • Menopause
  • Caffeine Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Chronic Cough

#1 Topical Drugs

Creams and gels that include azelaic acid, like Metrogel, are great for controlling the pimples common with mild rosacea. It can take 2-6 weeks to see noticeable improvements. Doctors may prescribe Brimonidine or oxymetazoline to reduce redness. You can see results as soon as 12 hours. In order to maintain improvements apply the cream regularly to the affected areas.

#2 Oral Acne Drugs

If you have severe rosacea and are not responding to topical drugs, then you may be prescribed isotretinoin (Accutane). This powerful acne drug can clear up acne-like lesions by preventing the production of oil by the sebaceous glands.

#3 Oral Antibiotics

Prescription medications like Doxycycline could be prescribed to manage the pimples and bumps associated with moderate to severe rosacea. Oral antibiotics typically show faster results than topical ones.

#4 Laser Therapies/Light-Based Therapies

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a gentle and long-lasting solution that reduces unevenly toned areas of the skin, redness, and pimples caused by rosacea. The VBeam Laser penetrates visible blood vessels as a way to reduce redness and inflammation.


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