What Are Over the Counter Treatments for Rosacea ?

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder. Classic symptoms include redness and inflammation, especially around the nose, cheeks, mouth and forehead. Rosacea can be unsightly, painful and can lead to serious problems. Some over-the-counter creams and treatments can relieve symptoms. If you think you have rosacea, see a physician; and be sure to check with your doctor before using any of the products listed here.


The National Rosacea Society quotes University of Pittsburgh professor Dr. Joseph Bikowski in stressing the importance of sunscreen for people with rosacea. Bikowski states that sunscreen or sunblock is vital for preventing exacerbation of rosacea symptoms. Check the product to be sure it offers a minimum SPF of 15 and gives protection against light through the whole UVA spectrum.


ZenMed offers a wide range of products designed to ease the symptoms of rosacea. According to their website, Zenmed.com, the doctor-formulated products combine medicinal and natural ingredients. Formulations are available for dry skin or for oily skin. Products include cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers with SPF 30 and masks.

B. Kamins Booster Blue Rosacea Line

This company is best known for its luxurious skincare products. The website, Bkamins.com, claims that B. Kamins is a pioneer in the treatment of skin conditions, including rosacea. Their regimen of special products for rosacea is designed to calm, soothe, protect and reduce inflammation of the skin. Products include cleanser, toner, mask, moisturizer with SPF 15, concealer and topical treatment.


Prosacea Gel aims to relieve common symptoms of rosacea. The company’s website, Alva-amco.com, says the homeopathic, non-oily formula provides rich moisture that soothes and conditions red, dry, irritated skin. The company claims that, with regular use, Prosacea can return skin to a more normal appearance. Prosacea does not contain alcohol or petroleum based products, which are known to irritate skin affected by rosacea. The gel is light and is absorbed easily.


Bikowski recommended low-dose aspirin, like baby aspirin, to help with swelling and flushing of rosacea. Aspirin can cause stomach irritation and may have adverse interactions with other medications. Be sure it is safe for you before incorporating it into your program.


The American Academy of Dermatology, AAD, recommends caution and careful study before using over-the-counter treatments. The AAD states that it is easy to find products that claim to reduce redness; but that doesn’t mean the products will help with rosacea. Some products can cause further irritation. Be sure that any product you consider clearly states that it has proved effective for care of rosacea.There are several types of rosacea. Your doctor can ascertain whether any of these products can help your type of rosacea and can advise what you should avoid.

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