How is rosacea treated?
The main treatment for rosacea is prescription treatment such as Mirvaso for reducing redness and Soolantra for reducing spots. You can also make lifestyle changes to limit flare ups, like avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods.
Can rosacea be treated?
Yes, rosacea can be treated once you have a diagnosis. Depending on what type of rosacea you have, this will determine what treatment is best for you.
Can rosacea be cured?
There is currently no cure for rosacea but treatment can help manage symptoms and limit flare ups.
How to treat rosacea on the face
Superdrug Online Doctor provides 3 treatments for rosacea. Soolantra, Mirvaso, and Metronidazole. Each of these treatments work in a different way to help with Rosacea. Your needs or symptoms will determine which a doctor decides will be most suitable for you to use
If you find these treatments do not help, you can be referred to a dermatologist.
Soolantra is a prescription cream used to treat inflamed spots that can occur with rosacea. It contains the active ingredient ivermectin, which reduces inflammation and kills skin mites that can make rosacea worse.
Soolantra has been found to improve acne rosacea in over 60% of patients when used daily for 12 weeks or more.
About Mirvaso gel
Mirvaso gel is a prescription gel applied to the affected areas of the face. It contains the active ingredient brimonidine, which makes the blood vessels in the face smaller, reducing redness.
Mirvaso gel is effective at reducing redness and lasts for around 12 hours, meaning it must be applied daily. It is best used in the morning, before applying other products like makeup.
Metronidazole gel is an antibiotic treatment that helps to control inflammation and infection in the skin, and is effective in mild to moderate cases of rosacea.
Rosacea does not respond quickly to this medicine, so you will want to carry on using it for as long as your doctor recommends, with results usually noticeable within 4 weeks of use.
There are other treatments suitable for rosacea that may not be available through your doctor. This includes intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, which can help with redness and burst blood vessels.
You can also find over the counter unperfumed moisturisers which can be used regularly if your skin is dry.