Rosacea treatment

What is rosacea?1

Rosacea (pronounced ro-zay-sha) is a treatable inflammatory skin condition that affects 45 million adults worldwide. It's most common in Caucasian people with fair skin who tend blush or flush easily.

Rosacea often affects the central third of the face, including the forehead, cheeks, chin and lower half of the nose. It may be mistaken for rosy cheeks, sunburn, or acne.

Walgreens Healthcare Clinic providers can treat rosacea and help reduce inflammation. Clinics are open evenings and weekends, so you can get skin care help when your schedule allows.


What causes rosacea? 2

Rosacea is thought to involve dilation of the small blood vessels of the face, though the exact cause is unknown. However, it does run in families and may be linked to the immune system.

Rosacea triggers include alcohol, hot or spicy foods, emotional stress, exercise, sun exposure and hot or cold weather. Untreated rosacea may worsen over time.

What are symptoms of rosacea? 3

  • Facial blushing or flushing
  • Visible broken blood vessels
  • Skin redness
  • Burning or stinging
  • Red bumps and pustules
  • Fine red vascular lines
  • Thickening of the skin and facial tissue
  • Burning, dry eyes and swollen, red eyelids
  • Dry skin

How is rosacea treated? 4

Rosacea treatment depends on the severity and extent of symptoms. Mild rosacea may be improved by proper skin care, including using a mild facial cleanser and sunscreen, and avoiding direct sunlight.

People who have a consistently red face or visible blood vessels may reduce their symptoms with antibiotic washes, creams, oral antibiotics, laser or pulsed-light therapies or photodynamic therapy. A combination approach, or using several treatments at the same time, may also be recommended.

Isotretinoin, a form of vitamin A that reduces the amount of oil in skin, may help more severe cases. Isotretinoin use must be monitored closely and is only available through the iPLEDGE program . Talk to a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic provider or your primary care provider to see if isotretinoin may be right for you.

What to expect at your rosacea appointment

Your Walgreens Healthcare Clinic appointment will include an exam, questions about your skin care and history, and treatment options.

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1 "Rosacea," National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, April 30, 2016,
2 "Triggers could be causing your rosacea flare-ups," American Academy of Dermatology, accessed May 8, 2018,
3 "The many faces of rosacea, " National Rosacea Society,
4 "Use of Oral Isotretinoin in the Management of Rosacea," The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2011,