Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Skin-care Tips for Reducing Symptoms

Topical antibiotics are widely prescribed to reduce redness, bumps and pimples as well as to help maintain remission of rosacea. Here is a way recommended by medical experts to use your medication in combination with other skin care products.

  1. Cleanse your face each morning, being careful not to irritate it. Rinse with plenty of water, and use a cotton towel with a thick pile to blot your face dry. Then wait for it to air dry.

  2. Apply topical medication, allowing it to dry for an additional five to 10 minutes. Before applying any other skin care products, including moisturizer or makeup, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure they are compatible with your medication.

  3. When using moisturizers, sunscreens and cosmetics, apply the moisturizer first and allow it to dry. Then apply the sunscreen and allow it to dry before using a cosmetic foundation or base. Sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher are recommended.

  4. In the evening, wash again and air dry before applying medication.

Rosacea sufferers with dry skin should check with their doctor to see which topical medication is best for their skin type, as some have a drying effect and others are more moisturizing. Also, to reduce the number of products you use on your face, look for makeup with sunscreen already added. And avoid using skin care products on your face that cause stinging, which could lead to a rosacea flare-up.

For best results, rosacea sufferers should be diligent with their skin care techniques and medication. Establishing a routine that you can follow each day gives you the best chance for effective control of your condition.