For now, we know that rosacea is generally caused by inflammatory and blood vessel issues. The cause of rosacea is unknown, so there is currently no cure for rosacea. However, it is one of the most common diseases treated by dermatologists. Even with how persistent it can be, rosacea doesn’t have to be a big inconvenience in your life. The best rosacea treatments are those that dermatologists can provide to keep flare-ups and redness under control.
While home remedies have taken on popularity, there are little to no studies confirming the effectiveness of such treatments. In some cases, it might even do more harm than good considering their minimal effectiveness versus the unknown side effects they could have on your body. It’s best to follow the medical advice of a dermatologist because they know what will or will not treat the disease. Here are some popular home remedies that you should be careful with:
- Aloe Vera
- Green Tea
- Essential Oils
Over the Counter Medication
While some over the counter (OTC) medications are effective enough to be given as prescriptions, other OTC medications have limited effects on disease. They might help for mild to moderate cases, but they aren’t usually effective on severe ones. If used incorrectly and without guidance, they might even prove to be ineffective and produce unforeseen side effects. However, a dermatologist can tell you whether or not these can be effective for you. Here are some OTC medications that may or may not be included in a treatment plan given by one of our dermatologists:
- Moisturizers – Lessens discomfort.
- Sunscreen – To prevent trigger via sunlight.
- Cleansers – To soothe sensitive skin from rosacea.
Prescriptions, alongside professional medical advice, are the most effective form of treatment. Home remedies and over the counter treatments take plenty of time, energy, and money, yet are uncertain to work. Our experienced dermatologists take your unique skin, set of symptoms, and medical history into account to take the guessing game out of your road to recovery. Here are some prescriptions your dermatologist might include in your personalized treatment plan:
- Ivermectin – Reduces inflammation and kills demodex folliculorum which are mites that are suspected to play a role in rosacea.
- Azelaic Acid – Reduces inflammation.
- Metronidazole – Reduces inflammation.
- Doxycycline – Reduces inflammation for severe rosacea.
- Antibiotics – Reduces swelling and inflammation.