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Rosacea

Prevention

Rosacea itself is not preventable, but it is possible to minimize flare-ups by avoiding harsh chemicals, alcohol (especially red wine), sun exposure, extreme heat, and stress.

Rosacea is not acne, although the conditions may look similar; in fact, rosacea can be triggered by some aggressive acne medications. In other words, speak with a doctor and don't self-diagnose. People with rosacea should avoid harsh cleansers and other chemicals, and use gentle lotions and sunscreens to protect their skin from the sun.

Antibiotic creams containing tetracycline, and stronger medicines like tretinoin, may be used to treat the superficial bumps and pustules that can occur. Flushing and blushing can be controlled with drugs like clonidine and nadolol. Taken orally, prescription-only antibiotics rifaximin and metronidazole have been shown to decrease the appearance of rosacea on a long-term basis.

Product treatments: Antibiotic creams containing tetracycline, and stronger medicines like tretinoin, may be used to treat the superficial bumps and pustules that can occur. Flushing and blushing can be controlled with drugs like clonidine and nadolol.

Taken orally, the prescription-only antibiotics rifaximin and metronidazole have been shown to decrease the appearance of rosacea on a long-term basis.