Standard Management Options for Rosacea Patient Handout

rosacea management options handout

Download a free PDF that provides an overview of available treatment options addressing each of rosacea’s signs and symptoms, also known as phenotypes. This new patient tool was developed by the National Rosacea Society based on the updated standard management options for rosacea published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Produced by a consensus committee and review panel of 27 rosacea experts worldwide, this comprehensive article evaluated the effectiveness and quality of evidence of more than two dozen common treatments to serve as a guide for providing targeted medical therapy.

Although there is no cure, these options, including topical and oral therapies as well as lasers and light devices, may help reduce or control rosacea’s phenotypes. Because each case is unique and what works for one patient may not be effective or suitable for another, treatment must be tailored by a physician on an individual basis. In many cases, combination therapy may be necessary for effective treatment.

In addition, because rosacea is characterized by flare-ups and remissions, comprehensive treatment for rosacea should also include lifestyle changes to avoid personal triggers, as well as gentle daily skin care to repair and maintain the skin barrier.

This free handout is intended as an educational guide for rosacea patients hoping to understand the available medical therapies, the signs and symptoms they target, and how they might work together. It may be useful in discussions of possible treatment options with your physician.


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