Dr. Baumann pointed out that there are a variety of rosacea treatment options, including prescription medications. “Several years ago, a low dose form of doxycycline called Oracea® was developed. This drug is not a true antibiotic. Instead, it works through its anti-inflammatory properties. Oracea® can be used for long periods to prevent and treat rosacea without the complications associated with long-term antibiotic use.”
According to Dr. Baumann, a form of light treatment called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments has also been developed that has “revolutionized the treatment of rosacea“. IPL is a non-laser light source that can be used to treat several signs of rosacea. It was first approved for the treatment of fine dilated blood vessels (telangiectasias), but it may now be used to reduce persistent redness (erythema), flushing, and the bumps/pimples of rosacea subtype 2.
Dr. Baumann added that dermatologists may also prescribe a topical medication to be used in combination with oral medications or IPL treatments. Commonly prescribed rosacea medications include metronidazole (MetroGel®), azelaic acid (Finacea®) and sulfacetamide. Elidel®, a calcieurin inhibitior normally prescribed to control the inflammation associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema) may also be prescribed in some cases for rosacea.
Dr. Baumann added additional rosacea skin care tips to help rosacea sufferers manage their condition.
- Avoid spicy foods and hot drinks
- Drink coffee or tea cooled down or iced
- Take omega-3 fatty acids that can fight redness and irritation. Sources include flaxseed and fatty fishes like salmon
- Avoid are spa treatments like facials, some forms of chemical peels, microdermabrasion, hot wax, saunas and steam rooms, as they can irritate sensitive skin.
Rosacea affects up to 14 million Americans but it often goes undiagnosed. It is most common in the fair-skinned, but its cause is unknown. Rosacea usually appears on the skin of the face with redness of the nose, cheeks and forehead, bumps or pimples, broken blood vessels. It is frequently mistaken as acne.
Dr. Leslie Baumann is a board-certified dermatologist, author of Skin Type Solution, and the CEO of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami Beach. Dr. Baumann also authors the twice-weekly Yahoo! Health blog “The Skin Guru”, with over 3 million readers, and writes a twice-monthly column in The Miami Herald. She authored Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (McGraw-Hill, 2002), the world’s best-selling cosmetic dermatology textbook, as well as the New York Times best-selling book, The Skin Type Solution (Bantam Dell, 2006), which focuses on her revolutionary and proprietary skin typing system.