How is rosacea treated?

Treatment methods vary because the signs and symptoms of rosacea vary from person to person. The following are some treatments used for rosacea:

  • Medicines: Sometimes, doctors prescribe oral and topical medicines to treat the disorder's associated bumps, pimples and redness. Medicines can bring the condition under control and then maintain its state of remission.
  • Surgical procedures: Doctors can use lasers to remove visible blood vessels, limit the amount of extensive redness on the face, or correct nose disfigurement in some cases.

How do I cover rosacea with makeup?

Over-the-counter products can help cover rosacea. However, depending on the type of rosacea you have — and there are many — you may benefit from prescription medication or laser therapy. For example:

  • If you’re dealing primarily with a pink tint to your skin, then green-based, tinted moisturizer, which is available over the counter, can help minimize the redness.
  • If your skin redness is extensive, we can use the vascular laser to collapse the tiny blood vessels responsible for both the redness and the flushing that accompany rosacea.
  • If you’re dealing with skin redness accompanied by small, pimple-like lesions that flare with changes in the environment, spicy foods, hot beverages, etc., then you’ve got the papulopustular type of rosacea. For this type, the usual remedy is a topical antibacterial cream plus an oral antibiotic (similar to minocycline) to fight the underlying inflammation.

Everyone with rosacea should also apply sunscreen every day, because UV light aggravates this skin condition.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/10/2019.


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