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Do you experience flushed, itchy skin with accompanying redness, spots and irritation? If the answer’s yes, then you could benefit from Skin + Me’s scientifically-proven rosacea treatment to help manage the symptoms of the inflammatory skin condition. Just in time for April 2022’s National Rosacea Awareness month, we’ve also gathered helpful facts about rosacea and we’re explaining more about active ingredients like metronidazole that can be used to treat rosacea.

What is metronidazole?

Metronidazole is an antibiotic medicine; it’s used to treat all sorts of bacterial infections, but is also extremely effective at treating rosacea. In fact, metronidazole is considered to be a gold standard treatment for the spots and redness caused by rosacea. When being used to treat rosacea, it’s usually in the form of a topical cream, but when used to treat other conditions it is often in tablet form. 

How does metronidazole treat rosacea?

Rosacea is a complex condition with multiple subtypes and your prescriber will be able to identify what treatment will be most effective for you. In several controlled trials, metronidazole has been proven to be effective in treating rosacea spots and redness, but also helps to manage the symptoms.

Metronidazole has very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it’s also generally beneficial for the skin. Antioxidants help counteract the formation of free radicals, which can damage your skin and accelerate ageing.

How long does it take to see results with Metronidazole?

Skincare is a marathon, not a sprint, and that remains the case with metronidazole and rosacea. You should expect it to take two to three months to truly see the impact of metronidazole on your rosacea. However, everyone’s skin is different, and some people may see an improvement much sooner. 

Does Metronidazole have any side effects?

Metronidazole is generally considered a very safe and well-tolerated medicine, which has been backed up by clinical studies. However, prescription skincare is very powerful, and your skin may need time to adjust. There are a few commonly reported side effects of metronidazole that you should be aware of, but they are usually mild and not harmful. Dry skin and irritation are the effects that you are most likely to experience. 

Let’s talk layering. Can I use a moisturiser with metronidazole?

Protect skin barrier your and avoid dryness by following your metronidazole treatment with a fragrance-free, PH-balanced moisturiser to suit your skin type. Look for moisturisers packed with moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid and skin-soothing glycerin, nourishing ceramides and allantoin – all can be found in our Skin + Me Soothe + Smooth Moisturiser.

What should I avoid while taking metronidazole?

Although metronidazole is considered extremely safe and effective at treating rosacea, it should not be used by pregnant women. There are common prescription skincare ingredients that are not considered pregnancy-safe, and you should stop using them once you learn you are pregnant.

They include metronidazole, tretinoin, hydroquinone and clindamycin. The same rules apply if you are breastfeeding or trying to conceive. If your situation changes and any of these ingredients are included in your prescription, you should speak to your clinician or prescriber to arrange a reformulation. 

Medical facts checked by Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham

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