Rozex

Order Rozex online to help keep rosacea under control

Rozex is a cream that contains the antibiotic metronidazole. It helps treat rosacea within a few weeks.

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Virginia Chachati

Reviewed by Virginia Chachati MPharm
(2013, University College London)
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Information last reviewed 29/06/2021

About

What is Rozex?

Rozex is a cream which is used to treat rosacea. It helps reduce facial redness, flushing and small red spots.

How does Rozex work?

Rozex contains metronidazole, which is an antibiotic. It helps reduce redness and inflammation. It also stops bacteria, which cause inflammation, from growing.

How long will Rozex take to work?

Rozex will usually take a few weeks to work. It's important to keep using Rozex regularly to see an improvement in your skin.

How long can I use Rozex for?

Rozex should be used for as long as your doctor has prescribed. Stopping the treatment early could mean you don't see an improvement in your skin, and the rosacea will come back.

What causes rosacea?

It is not known exactly what causes rosacea. Here are some factors which may contribute to rosacea: 

  • Abnormalities in the blood vessels - where the blood vessels in the face dilate and cause prolonged redness 
  • Skin peptides - an increased number of these might cause blood vessels to dilate and the skin to become inflamed
  • Microscopic mites - for example Demodex folliculorum, a tiny mite that lives on the skin's surface
  • Bacteria - such as Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that lives in the digestive system and can trigger blood vessel dilation 
  • Genetics - generally, you are more likely to experience rosacea if someone in your family has it

What is ocular rosacea?

Ocular rosacea affects the eyes. It causes redness, itching and burning. You may experience this on your eyelids and on the skin around your eyes. Blurred vision, bloodshot eyes and light sensitivity are also common symptoms.

Is rosacea genetic?

You are more likely to have rosacea if your family members have had it. It's not clear what the genetic link is or how the condition is passed on.

What triggers rosacea?

Triggers which can cause rosacea to flare up include: 

  • Caffeine 
  • Alcohol 
  • Spicy foods 
  • Dairy 
  • Sun exposure 
  • Hot baths or showers 
  • Extreme cold or hot weather 
  • Strong winds 
  • Strenuous exercise 
  • Humidity 
  • Menopause 
  • Certain medicines
  • Certain medical conditions

How can I manage rosacea?

Rosacea can be managed effectively with a combination of treatment and self care. It might be a good idea to keep a trigger diary. Try noting down when your symptoms occur, the details of your environment, and any food or drink you have consumed. This will help you identify what your triggers are, so you can avoid them in future. Get into the habit of wearing sun protection when going outdoors, or covering your face with a scarf if it’s windy outside. 

Can stress cause rosacea?

Stress is a common trigger of rosacea. This is because stress can impact many aspects of your physical and mental health, causing hormonal changes and tension within the body. If stress is a problem for you, finding ways to manage it may reduce your rosacea symptoms. Stress management classes, counselling, therapy, mindfulness and yoga are some ideas you can try. 

Where can rosacea occur?

Rosacea is a skin condition which affects the face. It can also occur in the eyes, which is known as ocular rosacea.

Is Rozex good for acne?

Rozex is designed to treat rosacea. While it is effective in treating the acne-like spots associated with the condition, there are other treatments which are better suited for acne. See the acne treatment section to find out what is available from Dr Felix.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredient in Rozex is metronidazole.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredients in Rozex are: emulsifying wax (cetostearyl alcohol and polysorbate-60), benzyl alcohol, isopropyl palmitate, glycerol, sorbitol solution 70% non-crystallising, lactic acid, sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment) and purified water.

Which ingredients can cause an allergic reaction?

If you are allergic to metronidazole or any of the inactive ingredients in the Rozex medication please let your doctor know and avoid using the medication. As this medication does contain alcohol, it can cause skin irritation such as burning or itching during the first few uses. After the first few uses, this skin irritation should resolve.

Dosage

How to use Rozex?

Rozex should be used twice a day to treat rosacea. Apply a thin layer of Rozex to clean, dry skin and rub into all affected areas. Wash your hands after use.

What should I do if I use too much Rozex?

Using too much Rozex is unlikely to cause any problems. It may make you more likely to experience side effects or skin irritation. Using more Rozex than you need will not  cause redness to disappear any faster.

What should I do if I forget to use Rozex?

If you forget to use Rozex, apply it as soon as you remember or wait until you are next due to use it. Rozex doesn't have to be used at exactly the same time each day as long as it is applied twice daily.

How long should I use Rozex for?

Always use Rozex for the length of time specified by your doctor. This is usually three to four months.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Rozex include: 

  • Redness 
  • Itching 
  • Dry skin 
  • Burning or stinging sensation 
  • Irritation 
  • Temporary worsening of symptoms 

 Less common side effects of Rozex may include: 

  • Numbness 
  • Metallic taste 
  • Nausea 
  • Contact dermatitis 
  • Swollen face 
  • Peeling of the skin 

 If you experience skin irritation, use Rozex less frequently or stop altogether until the irritation subsides.

Contraindications

Do not use Rozex if you are allergic to metronidazole or any of the other ingredients in the medicine. Tell your doctor if: 

  • You are pregnant 
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You have a blood disorder 

 Prolonged sun exposure should be avoided for the duration of your treatment.

Drug Interactions

Anticoagulants and blood thinners may be affected by Rozex. Ask your doctor for advice if this applies to you.

Rozex and alcohol

You should not drink alcohol while you are using Rozex as metronidazole can interact with alcohol.

Rozex and pregnancy

Only use Rozex during pregnancy if your doctor has advised you to do so. This also applies if you are planning a baby or breastfeeding.

Treatment Options

Alternatives to Rozex

There are different types of treatments for rosacea which you can try if Rozex is not suitable for you. These are Finacea gel, ivermectin cream and brimonidine. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed if creams such as Rozex have not been successful and isotretinoin tablets can be given to treat severe cases of rosacea. You could try laser treatment as an alternative.

Rozex vs Metronidazole

Metronidazole is the generic name for antibiotic medicine. Rozex is a brand that contains metronidazole as the active ingredient, so the two are essentially the same medicine.

Rozex vs Finacea Gel

Rozex contains the antibiotic metronidazole, while Finacea gel contains azelaic acid. If you experience skin irritation while using Rozex, then Finacea gel may be prescribed as an alternative.

Can rosacea be cured?

Rosacea is a skin condition with no cure. The condition can lay dormant and may only flare-up occasionally, but adequate treatment can help you manage rosacea effectively.

Rosacea self-help

Avoiding factors which trigger your rosacea, is key in managing the condition. For example cutting down on alcohol, coffee and caffeinated drinks. Try using lukewarm water to wash your face and apply sun protection before going outdoors.

Living with rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that you have to manage throughout your life. As such, it can have a negative emotional impact on your life due to the way it affects your physical appearance. Talking about how you feel is important. There are online support groups where you can talk with others who also have rosacea. Makeup can be very helpful in disguising the redness, which can increase your confidence

Q&A

Can I wear makeup while using Rozex?

You can still wear makeup while using Rozex. Wait for the cream to be absorbed by your skin before applying makeup.

What kind of foundation can I use to cover redness caused by rosacea?

Foundation or bases which have a green tint work best to cover up and even out redness. Camouflage makeup is available to provide a stronger coverage. Brands such as Dermablend are specifically formulated for people with skin conditions or sensitive skin and will not irritate the skin further.

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