While there is no cure for rosacea, it is possible to manage the symptoms. As rosacea may worsen over time, the condition is less likely to get worse if treated early.
A combination of treatment with medication and changes to personal skin care often helps treat rosacea. Doctors may suggest avoiding certain types of moisturizers, soaps, or other skin care products that increase the appearance of redness in the skin.
Medications used to treat rosacea aim to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation and redness. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed in either topical (applied to the skin) or oral (taken by mouth) forms. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be used. Both types of medication take a few weeks before any results are seen. A key component to any treatment is taking medication as prescribed. If the medication prescribed by your regular doctor does not appear to be working, consider seeing a dermatologist.
Laser surgery may reduce or eliminate unsightly blood vessels and some of the other symptoms, but this is a very expensive option. Surgery can reduce rhinophyma, which is the excess tissue that can accumulate on the nose.
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