Treatments for mild rosacea: If you have only a few pimples around the center of your face, light dilated blood vessels and redness, you likely have a mild case of rosacea, Waldorf says. If you have adjusted your lifestyle to avoid common triggers and you still have obvious signs of rosacea, the next step is to treat it with topical products. Over-the-counter acne medications that contain sulfur (avoid benzoyl peroxide though) may help get rid of the rosacea pimples (try Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment, $32), but Waldorf highly recommends getting a prescription for a topical antibiotic metronidazole, like Noritate Cream or Metrogel or azaleic acid cream like Finacea. The regular use of topical antibiotics can help clear up rosacea in about eight to 10 weeks. Your derm may have you continue topical products for a year after your rosacea clears. Because for some people rosacea is "a life-long problem," Waldorf says, but for others "once it's under control with treatment, it peters out with only occasional flares," she says.
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