Rozex is a long-term topical treatment for acne rosacea.
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Rozex is a topical treatment, available as a cream or gel, for the skin condition known as rosacea. The skin condition is characterised by redness, inflammation, spots and pustules.
The active ingredient in Rozex - metronidazole - belongs to the antiprotozoal and antibacterial class of medications. It works by fighting the bacteria which causes rosacea to clear up the symptoms of the skin condition.
Rosacea responds slowly to antibiotics so it can take several months of treatment for the effects to become noticable.
Rosacea is a skin condition which causes redness and inflammation on various areas of the face, such as the cheeks and nose. The rash may cause irritation such as a stinging or burning sensation.
It can be difficult to determine what triggers rosacea to flare up in some people, as any number of factors could be to blame. Once a trigger is known, it can be avoided to prevent a flare up from happening in the future.
There are 4 main types of rosacea.
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterised by flushing, redness of the skin and blood vessels becoming visible.
Papulopustular rosacea causes breakouts similar to acne. Skin often appears red and swollen.
Phymatous rosacea thickens the skin and causes it to have a bumpy texture.
Ocular rosacea affects the skin around the eyes. Eyelids appear swollen and may cause a sty-like lump. Eyes can also be red and irritated.
There is currently no cure for the condition, but there are a number of treatments which have been proven to reduce the signs and symptoms of rosacea.
Rozex should be applied twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening - on the areas affected by rosacea. Always follow the instructions of the doctor.
Before applying Rozex, wash the affected area with warm water and a mild soap. Pat dry before applying the treatment.
Gently massage a small amount of the ointment into the affected area, covering the area with a thin layer of the treatment.
Wash your hands after every application.
All medicines carry a risk of side effects. Educating yourself on the medication you take and the possible side effects it may cause is imperative to your safety while undergoing treatment.
Common side effects (affecting 1 in 10 people) include:
Uncommon side effects include:
If you experience irritation or stinging at the site of application, reduce the amount of the treatment you use or stop the treatment for a few days. If the irritation persists after stopping treatment, seek immediate medical advice.
Rozex is for external use on the face only. Do not ingest (swallow) the treatment.
Avoid getting treatment in your eyes as this will result in significant irritation. If you get any of the treatment in your eyes, rinse your eyes with warm water.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before taking Rozex as it may not be suitable.
Yes, you can use make-up while taking this topical treatment.
If you have rosacea, you may want to use cosmetic products which do not exacerbate your symptoms. Look for products intended for sensitive skin.
For men, shaving can pose a significant threat to their rosacea, potentially worsening their symptoms.
It may be more suitable for men to use electric razors instead of normal razors to reduce the level of irritation on the skin.
You may also avoid shaving creams, lotions and aftershave products which may irritate your skin. Instead, use shaving products which are suitable for sensitive skin types and use a moisturiser or balm after shaving to soothe the skin.
No, this product should not impact your ability to drive.
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