How is rosacea treated?

Updated: Aug 14, 2018
  • Author: Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Before the initiation of therapy, the triggering factors that exacerbate the patient's rosacea should be identified and avoided if possible. These factors may be unique to each individual patient. Common triggering factors include hot or cold temperatures, wind, hot drinks, caffeine, exercise, spicy food, alcohol, emotions, topical products that irritate the skin and decrease the barrier, or medications that cause flushing. [4, 5] Some patients find that regular facial massage reduces lymphedema. Rosacea fulminans is treated with moderately high doses of prednisolone (30-60 mg/d) followed by oral isotretinoin.

For more information on agents used to treat rosacea, see Medication.


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