Some Information On The Use Of Rosacea Cream

Rosacea, a chronic skin condition, causes facial redness. It begins with a tendency to easily flush and blush. The central part of the face will develop a shade of red after a while and then it continues remain red. Small red bumps as well as pus spots develop in the area and sometimes blood vessels may also become visible.

Rosacea symptoms generally manifest in adults between 30 and 50 years of age. Both men and women can develop rosacea, women are affected more than men. However, it is more severe in men and they are at a greater risk of developing rhinophyma, thickening of the nose’s lower part which makes it bulbous. Caucasians, especially of Celtic descent, are more likely to develop rosacea. Genetics is also thought to be a contributory factor for rosacea.

In early stages, people may flush or blush because of certain triggers, but the tendency may go off after some time. If diagnosed early and treated, symptoms may be relieved to a great extent or even rosacea may be reversed in certain cases. It can also prevent mild rosacea from becoming worse later in a person’s life if certain triggers are avoided. Rosacea has a number of known triggers including sunbathing, alcohol, spicy food, hot drinks, too much exercise, extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), stress and use of harsh exfoliants.

It is very important to seek medical help if a person has symptoms of rosacea. This is because it may last for many years if it is not treated. The treatment for rosacea will depend on the severity and which subtype a person has. There are four subtypes of rosacea: erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, papulopustular rosacea, phymatous rosacea and ocular rosacea. Dermatologists can clear or control rosacea symptoms. Self diagnosis as well as treatment is not recommended because some of the over-the-counter skin preparations can worsen rosacea symptoms.

Often, dermatologists recommend a treatment combination customized for individual patients. These treatments may stop the progress of this skin condition and sometimes may even reverse it. However, it is important that the patient uses the medication in the prescribed manner.

Typically, rosacea is treated using topical as well as oral antibiotic agents. Most of the rosacea creams are generally effective in patients with papulopustular rosacea which have symptoms such as small pimples, red lines on cheeks and facial flushing. Topical creams containing antibiotics may be used for treating other subtypes of the skin condition, but it may not be effective.

Sometimes doctors may use multiple drugs or creams. Antibiotics are commonly used in the treatment of rosacea not because bacteria cause the skin condition, but due to the fact that it alleviates the symptoms by reducing inflammation and relieving associated lesions. In this article, treatment using rosacea cream is discussed with a view to provide detailed information to the readers.

Rosacea Cream and Gel

Doctors might start the treatment with either a prescription rosacea cream or gel that can be applied on the face once or twice in a day for several months. Metrnidazole, available as MetroCream or MetroGel, is meant for topical application and is a commonly used treatment for rosacea. The cream or gel is generally used to treat mild to moderate pimples and spots. When applying the gel or cream, care should be taken in not getting it into the eyes or mouth. Generally, it does not cause specific side effects, but skin irritation may be present. This is usually more common with gels that contain alcohol. Avoid exposure to strong sunlight or UV light (used in some lamps and nightclubs).

Dermatologists may also prescribe azelaic acid (trade name: Azelex, Finacea) as an alternative to metronidazole. It helps to unblock pores as well as the redness and swelling caused by inflammation. Azelaic acid gel or cream also has to be applied twice in a day, taking care to avoid contact with eyes and mouth. The cream or gel also may have to be used for many months to experience significant improvement in symptoms. Azelaic side effects may include stinging and burning of skin, itchiness and dry skin. Though 30% of the people using azelaic acid are likely to experience side effects, they only last for a short while.

Other antibiotic creams used for treating this skin condition are clindamycin (trade name: Cleocin, Clinda-Derm) and erythromycin (trade name: Emgel, Erygel). Sometimes dermatologists may also prescribe sulfacetamide and sulfur (trade name: Clenia, Plexion). Retionod tretinoin (trade name: Avita, Retin-A) are recommended by doctors for some hard-to-treat cases. These topical treatments can also cause side effects such as skin irritation.

Some of these topical rosacea creams may not be suitable or safe for those women who are pregnant or are planning to conceive. They must consult their physician or doctor and understand the risks involved.

Non-prescription rosacea cream is also available to alleviate the redness due to the skin condition. However, it is important to seek the advice of a medical professional before using any of these creams as some of them may aggravate the condition. Some of the non-prescription treatments available in the market are Dr. Nick Lowe Redness Relief Correcting Cream, Clinique Redness Solutions and KALME anti-redness cream.

In the case of ocular rosacea, further treatment may be required. Doctors may recommend the use of ocular lubricants (eye ointment or drops) for treating dry eyes and practice of eye hygiene measures.

It is also a good idea to protect the skin by using a sunscreen that has at least SPF 15 rating. Protective hat can be used when going out in the sun and car air conditioner should be used on a hot day. Makeup may conceal redness, but it is important to choose water-based cosmetics and those having a green tinge.

Cortisone creams should be avoided in the treatment of rosacea as they can affect blood vessels and worsen the skin condition with pustule formation.

In conclusion, a doctor may prescribe a combination treatment that involves the use of oral antibiotics as well as topical creams. The use of one should not be stopped or used in lieu of the other. This is because rosacea creams and medication target different causes of the skin condition.