Rosacea Treatment

Early Treatment Recommended
The best advice for anyone who thinks that he or she may have rosacea is to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can control the signs and symptoms of rosacea so that rosacea is usually not visible or uncomfortable. Early treatment also may stop rosacea from progressing.

Woman with advanced rosacea
Allowed to progress, rosacea
can be more difficult to treat.

(Photo used with permission of the American Academy of Dermatology National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides)

Allowed to progress, rosacea can be more difficult to treat. By the time the woman shown in the photograph on the left saw a dermatologist, her rosacea had been progressing for 11 years. In the beginning, her only sign of rosacea was flushing, which happened when she drank a hot beverage or experienced a temperature change.

How Dermatologists Treat Rosacea
To treat rosacea, a dermatologist first identifies the subtype or subtypes of rosacea that are present on the patientís skin. This diagnosis is crucial because each subtype has its own unique signs and symptoms, which often require different therapies. The following links provide information about the different treatments used for each rosacea subtype:

Redness, Flushing, and Visible Blood Vessels
Subtype: Erythematotelangiectatic type rosacea

Bumps and Pus-filled Lesions
Subtype: Papulopustular rosacea

Thickening Skin
Subtype: Phymatous rosacea

Eye Problems
Subtype: Ocular rosacea

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