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How to Get Rid of Pimples From Rosacea

author image Dana Severson
Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.
How to Get Rid of Pimples From Rosacea
Oral antibiotics can be effective on acne due to rosacea. Photo Credit: Scharvik/iStock/Getty Images

According to, rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that results in the formation of red, acne-like pustules on the surface of your skin. Left untreated, it typically worsens over time. However, most people affected with this skin condition go through periods of flare-ups and subsequent improvements in the appearance of the skin. Getting rid of the pimples associated with rosacea requires management of the condition itself.

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Step 1

Pick up a prescription for an oral antibiotic. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the most effective form of rosacea treatment is oral tetracycline. Other antibiotics, such as minocycline, erythromycin and doxycycline, may also be of benefit. Follow the instructions provided by your doctor.

Step 2

Try a topical antibiotic. Applying a topical antibiotic like metronidazole directly to the areas of the skin affected with rosacea can also reduce inflammation and lessen the appearance of acne-like pustules, explains the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Step 3

Use a cream containing benzoyl peroxide, suggest Much like a topical antibiotic, the acne-like pustules can improve with daily application of benzoyl peroxide-based creams.

Step 4

Talk to your doctor about laser surgery. Laser energy can reduce the size of blood vessels and remove any tissue build-up that's contributing to rosacea and its associated acne-like lesions, advises the Cleveland Clinic.

Step 5

Consider isotretinoin to alleviate rosacea flare-ups. Often referred to as Accutane, isotretinoin is an oral retinoid that’s commonly used when all other options have failed to improve the skin condition. Low doses are often given to reduce potential side effects.

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