Rosacea is a skin condition mainly affecting the face. It is characterised by redness, flushing, small pustules and in some cases, eye problems.

  1. Thought to affect 1 in 10 in UK
  2. Lifelong condition for some
  3. Medication available in gel and tablet form

Please note that we do not provide rosacea treatments through our site. Please speak to your GP if you are experiencing symptoms or are looking to renew your prescription.

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  1. Once-daily antibiotic capsule
  2. Helps to revive affected skin cells
  3. Provides alternative for those who don’t like gel


  1. Twice-daily gel
  2. Improvements usually in 4 weeks
  3. Popular well-known product


  1. Fights symptoms effectively
  2. Simple to apply antibiotic gel
  3. Twice daily application
Rozex (Cream and Gel)

Rozex (Cream and Gel)

  1. Easily applied topical treatment
  2. Reliable branded medication
  3. Available as a cream or gel


Rosacea is a skin condition which, for most, tends to go through periods of activity and inactivity. For many it is a lifelong condition, and although it may not pose a serious health risk, it can affect a person’s appearance and be frustrating to live with. The condition is a common one, thought to affect as many as 10 per cent of people in the UK, with the NHS estimating that around 100,000 people are diagnosed with rosacea annually.

It is characterised by a wide range of skin symptoms, including: redness and swelling; flushing; the appearance of blood vessels through the skin on the face; thickening of the skin on the face; small elevated bumps called papules; and spots called pustules. Some may also experience eye symptoms, such as bloodshot or dry eyes.

Studies into what causes rosacea are ongoing, and it is not yet known exactly what causes the condition to occur; although theories have been developed. The role of peptides, which are skin molecules, are thought to be a factor. Certain stimuli can cause these to react and trigger an immune response, causing redness and swelling, and the widening of blood vessels. Others have pointed to the bacteria produced by tiny mites called demodex folliculorum, which usually live on the skin harmlessly, but have been discovered to be present in higher numbers in those with rosacea. Another theory posited is that irregularities in blood vessel function can cause the condition.

While the possible causes remain the subject of extensive research, common triggers have been identified by those living with rosacea as being likely precursors to a flare-up. These will usually vary from person to person, but those more commonly reported include spicy foods, caffeine, prolonged UV exposure, hot and cold weather, dairy products and stress.

Taking measures to avoid these triggers can help to reduce the risk of the condition becoming active, and lower the severity of symptoms in progress. But for some, prescription treatment may be necessary to help get the condition under control. This is available in gel (Rozex, Finacea and Metrogel) and cream (Rozex) form.

In Rozex and Metrogel, the functioning constituent is an antibiotic drug called metronidazole. As the exact cause of rosacea is not yet clear, it is not fully understood how these treatments fight symptoms. However, their capacity to kill bacteria is thought to be a vital component in limiting and preventing the presence of pustules. They are also thought to be adept at reducing redness by soothing skin and tissue inflammation. Finacea contains an agent called azelaic acid, which although not an antibiotic, performs a similar function in fighting bacteria, clearing pores, and relieving irritation.

Please note that we do not offer rosacea treatments through our online service. If you have rosacea symptoms but have not seen a doctor in person, or are not using treatment under the instruction of your doctor, you should make an appointment with your GP.

This is so that that they can assess your symptoms and make sure you get the most appropriate treatment.

Page last reviewed:  08/09/2017
Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment

The main aims of treatment for rosacea are to reduce the activity of bacteria on the skin, and limit inflammation. Gels such as Metrogel, Finacea and Rozex are directly applied to the skin, as is Rozex cream.

How do they work?

Metrogel and Rozex contain metronidazole. This is an antibiotic agent which stops bacteria on the skin from spreading and multiplying, and causing pustules. The agent in Finacea is azelaic acid. This also works by inhibiting the function of bacterial skin cells which can block pores and cause acne.

In addition to fighting bacteria, these products are also thought to soothe skin inflammation and ease redness.

What are the side effects?

With gels and creams, the most common side effects are usually feelings of burning and stinging at the application site.

More information on these can be found on the respective product pages.

Can I take them with other medications?

Whether or not you can is largely dependent on which other medications you are taking. Disclose any information relating to other treatments you are taking when consulting with your doctor.

Page last reviewed:  08/09/2017
Question and Answers

What’s the difference between the medications?

There are gels and creams available to treat rosacea. These are applied directly to the area affected, usually twice a day.

Should I take Rozex, Metrogel or Finacea?

It depends on your medical profile, and your susceptibility to side effects. Applied treatments like Rozex, Metrogel and Finacea are not likely to interact with other medications buy may cause irritation.

Your GP will decide on the best treatment for you during a face-to-face consultation.

Are there different side effects?

Yes. Those more common among the topical medications include burning or stinging at the application site. More information can be found in the respective leaflet for each item.

Is it right for me?

The treatment you use will be determined by your own GP or specialist. Prescription medication for rosacea can only be initiated in person following a diagnosis.

Please note that we do not supply rosacea medicines through our service. To renew your existing prescription, we recommend you see your GP in person.

Page last reviewed:  08/09/2017
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