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Treatment varies according to the type of rosacea, however all treatments must focus on identifying and avoiding triggers which produce redness:

  • The most frequent triggers include daylight exposure (see protection — rosacea sunscreens) and the use of inappropriate skin care.
  • Other triggers include alcohol consumption, hot drinks and spicy foods.
  • Less common triggers include food sensitivities such as those to tomatoes and cheeses.

Daily use of sunscreen (see what is the best sunscreen for rosacea?) is important in reducing the frequency of symptoms and also has anti-aging benefits.

Anti-inflammatory and reparative skin care products containing high concentrations of antioxidants and free of all known allergens and irritants, such as paraben preservatives and sodium laureth sulphate, are important factors in optimal care.

For the mildest cases of rosacea, characterised by persistent redness and skin irritation only, treatment focuses on The Clinic's speciality rosacea skin care products. More resistant cases (see treatment revision) may require additional in-office topical, laser or light treatments. Medication is rarely prescribed in these instances. Effective treatment of mild rosacea reduces the likelihood of disease progression.

Rosacea characterised by pimples, papules and pustules, in addition to persistent redness, requires the treatment outlined above in addition to periodic or ongoing treatment with topical and/or oral medications.

Ocular rosacea — produces blood-shot, gritty and itchy eyes, and foreign body sensations — is managed by our specialist ophthalmologist.

Rhinophyma (distortion of the shape of the nose) is treated with surgical lasers in combination with oral medication to help maintain improvement.

Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Monday, 1 August 2011.


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