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4 Steps for Rosacea Sufferers to Prepare for Their Next Dermatologist Appointment

Dealing with rosacea—a chronic inflammatory skin condition—can oftentimes feel like navigating a maze. It can appear at any age but is most common after 30 and symptoms can vary considerably from one rosacea sufferer to the next. While some may notice persistent redness, others with rosacea experience skin thickening or stinging, visible blood vessels, eye irritation or bumps and blemishes that resemble acne. Even though rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans, where and how to start achieving clearer skin can be confusing.

No matter where you are in your rosacea journey, speaking to a dermatologist about your concerns should be at the top of your rosacea to-do list.

A dermatologist can help you work through your symptoms to identify a rosacea management strategy that best suits your needs. But knowing the right things to bring up during your appointment can be tough. To prepare for your next visit—whether in person or via telehealth—S.T.O.P. to consider your rosacea journey by following the below steps to help discuss your concerns and goals with a dermatologist.

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  • S. Signs & Symptoms – Make note of how your rosacea presents itself as the signs and symptoms can differ from person-to-person. Taking photos of your rosacea flare-ups to share with your dermatologist can help them assess the severity of your rosacea and identify a baseline to measure your treatment progress.
  • T. Triggers – Keep track of your triggers by jotting down your daily rosacea symptoms in a journal. After a week or so, you may be able to see a pattern of rosacea flare-ups to help you identify what environmental or emotional triggers may be affecting your rosacea. A dermatologist can then provide tips to help avoid triggers and help control symptoms.
  • O. Outcome – Tell your dermatologist what your treatment goals are. Once you land on an obtainable goal, you can track your progress together. Some examples of rosacea treatment goals include: reduced bumps or blemishes, no visible blood vessels, or residual to mild redness.
  • P. Plan of Action – Partner with your dermatologist to reach your outcome goal by outlining a plan of action that supports your lifestyle and helps you achieve clearer skin. It’s important to set yourself up for success by looking into effective treatments. For the bumps and blemishes of rosacea, ask your dermatologist about convenient once-daily treatment options such as an oral treatment, ORACEA® (doxycycline, USP) Capsules 40 mg* or a topical treatment, SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%. ORACEA Capsules combat inflammation from the inside out to reduce the bumps and blemishes of rosacea and easily fit into a daily routine. SOOLANTRA Cream is an innovative topical cream that fights the bumps and blemishes of rosacea.
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With the current ongoing public health crisis, it can be easy to let your rosacea management slip to the backburner. But consistent care and open dialogue with a healthcare provider is vital to keeping your rosacea under control before it gets worse. To learn more about rosacea and potential treatment options before your next dermatologist appointment, check out RosaceaRelief.com.

Important Safety Information for ORACEA® (doxycycline, USP) 40 mg* Capsules

Indication: ORACEA Capsules are indicated for the treatment of only inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules) of rosacea in adult patients. ORACEA Capsules do not lessen the facial redness caused by rosacea. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (>2%) in patients treated with ORACEA Capsules were nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, diarrhea, hypertension and aspartate aminotransferase increase. Warnings/Precautions: ORACEA Capsules should not be used to treat or prevent infections. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken by patients who have a known hypersensitivity to doxycycline or other tetracyclines. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken during pregnancy, by nursing mothers, or during tooth development (up to the age of 8 years). Although photosensitivity was not observed in clinical trials, ORACEA Capsules patients should minimize or avoid exposure to natural or artificial sunlight. The efficacy of ORACEA Capsules treatment beyond 16 weeks and safety beyond 9 months have not been established. Click here to view the full prescribing information for ORACEA Capsules.

*30 mg immediate release & 10 mg delayed release beads

Important Safety Information for SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%

Indication: SOOLANTRA Cream is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use.  Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≤ 1 %) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Click here to view the full prescribing information for SOOLANTRA Cream.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit WWW.FDA.GOV/MEDWATCH or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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