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what topical other than metrogel or finacea works for rosacea?

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Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Retin-A for rosacea: Although Metronidazole and azaleic acid are the most commonly used products for rosacea, neither agent is particularly effective. If you wish to try something else, topical tretinoin cream (retin-a) may provide you with some benefit. Systemic therapy with Doxycycline and other similar drugs are more effective than any topical therapy, particularly if you have pimple-like lesions.
Dr. George R Valentini
Plastic Surgery 52 years experience
Alpha lipoic acid: Other topical treatments such as Alpha lipoic acid preparations are also effective in decreasing the redness encountered in rosacea. It should be combined with an anti-inflammatory diet rich in essential fatty acids.

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