Rosacea can be triggered by stress, too much alcohol or caffeine, spicy foods, intensive exercise, or exposure to UV light. It tends to be more common in fair-skinned people.

Our Expert Skin Doctors Recommend:

Topical Medications

There are creams and gels available to apply to the affected area, such as azelaic acid. This should be applied once or twice a day and you should be prepared to wait several weeks before you see an improvement in your skin.


If your rosacea is particularly bad, your dermatology specialist may suggest a medicine that is usually used to treat acne, isotretinoin. However, this is a powerful medication and can cause side effects such as joint pain, headaches, and dry skin.

Beta Blockers and Anxiety Medication

If you have a lot of facial flushing, you may be given beta blockers. These slow the heart and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Rosacea diagnosed as skin sensitivity

Rosacea cannot be cured but it can be controlled. It can get worse if it’s not treated.

  • wear a high SPF sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every day
  • try to avoid the heat, sunlight, or humid conditions if possible
  • use gentle, soothing skincare products for sensitive skin