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Florida Dermatologist: Rosacea Treatments

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Florida Dermatologist: Rosacea Treatments | Palm Harbor | ClearwaterThere are various rosacea treatments available today, which can be used depending on the extent and severity of the symptoms. Some of the common medical treatments include antibiotic pills, antibacterial washes, topical creams, photodynamic therapy, isotretinoin, lasers, and pulsed-light therapies.

In a combination treatment approach, the dermatologist may recommend prescription sulfa facial wash twice daily, an antibacterial cream morning and night, and taking oral antibiotic medication for flare-ups. 

A series of intense pulsed light, in-office laser, or photodynamic therapies may also be used along with the home regimen. Patients should consult a doctor for the correct assessment and treatment of rosacea. 

Palm Harbor Dermatology, led by experienced dermatologists, provides safe and proven skin care procedures to patients in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and surrounding locations.

Topical Drugs

Proper treatment will allow patients to control the signs and symptoms of rosacea. Popular treatment approaches include topical (skin) meds applied by the patient once or twice daily. 

Topical antibiotic drugs, such as metronidazole (Metrogel), used once or twice daily after cleansing, may greatly improve rosacea. Another effective treatment option for patients with rosacea is azelaic acid. Both metronidazole and azelaic acid work in combination to manage the bumps and redness associated with rosacea. 

Oral Antibiotics

Doctors usually prescribe oral antibiotics to patients with moderate rosacea. Doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox), tetracycline (Sumycin), and minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin) are oral antibiotics often prescribed are presumed to reduce swelling. A newer low-dose doxycycline preparation, known as Oracea (40 mg once daily), treats rosacea.

Isotretinoin (Accutane)

Physicians often prescribe isotretinoin for severe and persistent rosacea. Doctors often prescribe it after various other treatments have been tried for some time and have been ineffective. 

Patients take a daily dose of isotretinoin for four to six months. In general, isotretinoin is most often used in the treatment of severe common acne, known as acne vulgaris. While on isotretinoin, close doctor monitoring and blood testing are vital.

Laser and Intense Pulsed Ligh

Many patients are now considering laser and intense light therapies for the treatment of persistent redness and visible red blood vessels on the neck, face, and chest. Laser and intense pulse-light therapy may help enhance the skin and complexion. 

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a new, innovative treatment. PDT makes use of a photosensitizer liquid that is applied to the skin and a light to activate the sensitizer. Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) and blue light, often used to treat acne vulgaris and pre-cancers (actinic keratosis), can help some rosacea patients as well. 

Glycolic Peels

Besides, glycolic-acid peels may help improve and manage rosacea in some patients. Chemical peels can be applied to patients for around two to five minutes every two to four weeks.

What is the Prognosis for Rosacea?

Rosacea is an incurable chronic condition. There is no cure for this condition, but it can be controlled with the right treatment. There are some types of rosacea that may be cleared for long durations using photodynamic therapy, laser, intense pulse light, or isotretinoin (Accutane). 

Researchers still do not call it a “cure,” but some patients experience sustainable outcomes and may have remissions (periods of time that are free of the disease) for months or even years. 

Palm Harbor Dermatology receives patients from Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and innovative skin care treatments.

PH Dermatology Cancer & Laser Surgery Center, led by board certified dermatologists, provides advanced dermatology treatments to patients in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, Spring Hill, Florida and surrounding communities. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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