Products that calm down rosacea and acne

Updated February 21, 2017

Rosacea, also known as acne rosacea, is not actually acne. It can appear alongside acne, but it is a different skin disorder. Rosacea occurs more often in adults and is not accompanied by swollen blackheads or whiteheads. Instead, rosacea is a blushed colouring of the skin that stays present all the time.

Klaron Lotion

Klaron lotion is a sodium sulfacetamide that is applied directly to the affected areas, which are generally on the face in both rosacea and acne. Klaron lotion has been shown by the FDA to help lessen the severity in both rosacea and acne for some patients. Patients are instructed to apply a thin film of the medication twice a day. Consult your dermatologist and discontinue use if you experience abrasions or irritation on your skin.

Tetracycline Tablets

Tetracycline is an antibiotic that has a broad healing spectrum and is approved for both acne and rosacea. If your doctor prescribes tetracycline, he will tell you not to eat two hours before or after you take tetracycline, because food can affect the absorption of the tetracycline. Side effects include diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal pain. Talk to your doctor before discontinuing use if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

Over-the-Counter Cleansers

Some people may experience relief from both rosacea and acne with a salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cleanser. There is no specific prescription available to treat rosacea, but whichever causes less redness is the option the patient should select. Some over-the-counter cleansers that may help acne and rosacea include Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and Clearasil StayClear Skin Perfecting Wash. Use a quarter-size amount of soap and work it into a lather on a damp face. Wipe clean with a washcloth, then rinse the skin thoroughly. Repeat for a total of two times per day.

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