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Rozex is a topical cream which is used to treat rosacea, a skin condition which causes facial redness, flushing and small red spots.
Rozex contains Metronidazole which is an antibiotic and works to reduce and soothe redness and inflammation. It also stops the bacteria which cause inflammation from growing.
Rozex will usually take a few weeks before you will see a noticeable improvement in your symptoms. It's important to keep using it regularly to give the treatment time to work.
Rozex should be used for as long as your doctor has prescribed. Stopping the treatment early could result in your symptoms returning.
It is not known exactly what causes rosacea. There are several factors which may contribute to the condition:
Abnormalities in the blood vessels- where the blood vessels in the face dilate and cause prolonged redness
Skin peptides- these are molecules within the skin. An increased number of them is thought to cause the blood vessels to dilate and the skin to become inflamed
Microscopic mites- one theory is that people with rosacea have a larger number of demodex folliculorum. These are tiny mites which live on the skin's surface
Heliobacter pylori bacteria- these are bacteria which live in the digestive system which may trigger the production of a type of protein which causes the blood vessels to expand
Genetics- In general, you are more likely to experience rosacea if you have a family history of it
Ocular rosacea affects the eyes, causing redness, itching and burning. You may experience this around the eyelids and underneath the eyes. This can happen alongside facial rosacea or before the condition spreads to the face.
Rosacea is more likely to occur in people who have a family history of the condition. It's not clear what the genetic link is however and how the condition is passed on.
Rosacea is a chronic condition which may come and go. Treatments such as Rozex are effective in managing the symptoms and there are a number of possible triggers which can cause rosacea to flare up. These include:
Hot baths or showers
Cold or hot weather
Certain medications or conditions
Rosacea can be managed effectively with a combination of treatment and self care. It's a good idea to keep a trigger diary; noting down when your symptoms occur, the details of your environment and any food or drink you have consumed. This will help you to identify what your triggers are so that you can avoid them. This may not always be possible but you can take steps such as wearing sun protection when going outdoors or covering your face with a scarf if it is windy outside.
Stress is a common rosacea trigger. 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, mindfulness and yoga are available to help you to deal with it.
Rosacea is a skin condition which affects the face. It can also occur in the eyes which is known as Ocular rosacea.
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 our treatment section for acne to find out what is available.
The active ingredient contained in Rozex is Metronidazole.
The other 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.
Rozex should be used twice a day to treat rosacea. Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin and rub in to all affected areas. Wash your hands after use.
A thin layer of Rozex should be applied to the skin twice a day.
Using too much Rozex is unlikely to cause any adverse effects. It may make you more likely to experience side effects or skin irritation and it will not cause redness to disappear any faster.
If you forget to use Rozex, apply it as soon as you remember or wait until your next dose is due. It doesn't have to be used at exactly the same time each day as long as it is applied twice daily.
Always use Rozex for the length of time specified by your doctor.
Common side effects include:
Burning or stinging sensation
Temporary worsening of symptoms
Less common side effects may include:
Peeling of the skin
If you experience skin irritation, use Rozex less frequently or stop altogether until the irritation subsides.
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.
Anticoagulants, medications which are used to thin the blood, may be affected by Rozex. Ask your doctor for advice if this applies to you.
It is not recommended to drink alcohol while you are using Rozex as Metronidazole can interact with alcohol.
Only use Rozex during pregnancy if your doctor has advised you to do so.
There are several 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 tartrate. 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. Other alternatives include:
Laser treatment is likely to be a last resort and it is a costly option which is not available on the NHS. Your GP would refer you to see a dermatologist for specialist advice.
Metronidazole is the generic name for the medicine. Rozex contains Metronidazole as the active ingredient so the two are essentially the same medicine.
Rozex is a type of antibiotic while Finacea Gel is a form of azelaic acid. If you experience skin irritation while using Rozex then Finacea Gel may be prescribed as an alternative.
Rosacea is a chronic condition which means there is no permanent cure. The condition can lay dormant and may only flare-up occasionally but adequate treatment will help to manage this.
Avoiding factors which trigger your rosacea, where possible, is key in managing the condition. For example cutting down on alcohol, coffee and caffeinated drinks; using Lukewarm water to wash your face and applying sun protection before going outdoors.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition. As such, it can have a negative emotional impact on your life due to the way it alters your physical appearance. Talking about how you feel is important, and can help you to come to terms with it. There are online support groups where you can talk with others suffering from the same condition. Makeup can very helpful in disguising the redness and boosting your confidence.
You can still wear makeup while using Rozex. Wait for the cream to be absorbed by the skin before applying cosmetics.
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 formed for people with skin conditions or sensitive skin and will not irritate the skin further.