Rosacea and Its Topical Management

M. Gooderham, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Disclosures

Skin Therapy Letter. 2009;14(2) 

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Conclusions

Because of its chronic, inflammatory nature, rosacea requires continuous management. Treatment can be tailored to the subtype and may involve a combination of therapies. Patients should first be counseled on the triggers of rosacea, proper skin care, photoprotection, and camouflaging cosmetic options. Topical therapy is usually first line, but in moderate-to-severe cases, or those with ocular involvement, systemic therapy may be required. Laser or light-based treatments and surgical procedures can offer added benefit. Many topical agents are available for the treatment of rosacea, and the erythematotelangiectatic and papulopustular variants usually respond most favorably. There is good evidence that topical AZA and metronidazole are both safe and effective treatments. Other treatment options also include sodium sulfacetamide 10%-sulfur 5%, benzoyl peroxide 5%-clindamycin 1%, or clindamycin alone.

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