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

Tips for Applying Topical Medication

Doctors frequently prescribe topical therapy to control the bumps and pimples of rosacea. Here are some tips to get the maximum benefit from your medication by incorporating it into your skin-care routine.

  • Start clean. Wash your face each morning with a very mild or non-soap cleanser, being careful not to scrub or irritate the skin. Rinse with lukewarm water.

  • Gently blot dry. Pat your face with a soft, thick-pile towel. Don't pull, tug, scrape or scratch. Allow any remaining dampness to air dry.

  • Apply the medication. Follow your doctor's individual instructions for applying your topical therapy, using your fingertips to gently rub the medication into the affected areas.

  • Take a break. Start the coffee or pick out the day's outfit while you let the medication air dry for five to 10 minutes. When your skin is fully dry, you can apply additional products approved by your doctor.

  • Contact your doctor. If you have any questions about your medication or experience any unexpected side effects, be sure to call your physician right away.