Looking through my web site statistics I can see that the following Rosacea News items received the most visits during the year.
I’m looking forward to 2008 to see what makes the Rosacea News.
In 2005 a new range of skin care products from Eucerin (Beiersdorf Inc) called Eucerin Redness Relief was released. They are claimed as “Safe for sensitive skin and appropriate for Rosacea”.
Many rosacea sufferers are looking for help to reduce the redness of their face. This is one of the first rosacea symptoms that people might notice. What treatments have fellow rosacea sufferers used to hide the ruddiness and angry face that sometimes accompanies rosacea ? I’ll go through what I see as your current best options.
An excellent consumer report about how to choose a moisturizer. The article gives some background on how moisturizers are formulated, how they work, and the operation of common active ingredients. A table at the end of this document compares about 75 available moisturizers, classifying them under Face, Hands and Feet. Highly valuable for anyone searching for a moisturizer as part of their daily routine.
There is a lot of interest from rosacea sufferers in treating their rosacea with natural or herbal therapies and remedies. Many are keen to avoid treatments like antibiotics and metrogel. This paper is by far the best collection of information about natural products I’ve found.
This paper explores the different problems that may be causing flushing. The list of possible reasons other than rosacea is extensive. The author was kind enough provide a full copy of this paper, so contact me if you’d like to read it.
Finacea is a topical rosacea treatment made by Intendis. Its main active ingredient is azelaic acid 15%. Officially, finacea “is a topical treatment for the inflammatory bumps and lesions of mild to moderate rosacea”.
Periostat (20 mgs doxycycline hyclate) has been helpful to some rosacea sufferers. Originally developed to combat periodontal disease (gum disease), periostat was approved by the FDA in 1998. Recently the FDA approved the introduction of generic periostat equivalents.
Oracea contains doxycycline, the same active ingredient as CollaGenex’s gum disease treatment Periostat. CollaGenex is shifting its focus to the dermatology market following the approval of generic competition for Periostat.
This recently published paper suggests that a variety of ocular symptoms might be caused by demodex infestation. Six patients all having demodex present, and suffering with recalcitrant symptoms (including 4 diagnosed with rosacea) were given tea tree oil for a weekly eyelid scrub and tea tree shampoo for a daily scrub.
Metronidazole is a prescription drug that is available in several formulations. As an oral treatment it is known as flagyl. Topical metronidazole is available as noritate, metrogel, rozex, metrogel 1%, metrolotion and metrocream.
The mechanism by which low dose accutane (isotretinoin) i.e. around 10mg a day, is effective in treating rosacea is not clearly understood. Just the name accutane is enough to strike fear into many doctors and patients.
Hopefully the following articles will provide some pointers to useful information when researching whether accutane/roaccutane is a suitable treatment for your rosacea.