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Rosacea Definitions

The cornerstone of successful treatment and control of rosacea begins with an understanding of the terminology associated with rosacea and ocular rosacea.


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Renova® – also known as Retin-A is used to improve the appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing roughness and improving coloration. This can also be used in the treatment of acne. AHA’s are sometimes used in the treatment of adult acne.

Retin-A® – whose generic name is tretinoin, is a topical Vitamin A acid. AHA’s are sometimes used in the treatment of adult acne.

Retinoids – a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A, which are taken orally. These drugs have been very successful in treating severe cases of ichthyosis. The two most common retinoids are Accutane (isotretinoin) and Soriatane (acetretin).

Retinol – (retinyl acetate, retinyl alcohol) is a naturally occurring form of vitamin A and is found in many fruits and vegetables with an orange, yellow, or red color.

Rhinophyma – (rye-no-feye-muh) – Nasal bumps. When rosacea is not treated, some people develop bumps on the nose. As more bumps appear, the nose looks swollen. Alternative names: Bulbous nose; Nose – bulbous.

Roaccutane® – a brand of Isotretinoin, which is an alternative to oral antibiotics which is sometimes effective for severe outbreaks of papules and pustules.

Robimycin® – Oral antibiotic used in the treatment of infections. Also sold under the brand names: Erthromycin®, Eryc®, E.E.S.®, E-Mycin®, Erythrocin® (Oral), Pediamycin®, Ilosone®.

Robitet® – an oral antibiotic medication often prescribed for the treatment of rosacea. Also sold under the brand names: Panmycin®, Tetracyn®, Tetracycline, Achromycin V®, Sumycin®.

Rosacea – Pronounced rose-ay-shah. A chronic inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids; it may cause redness, vascularity (increased prominence of the blood vessels), swelling or hyperplasia (increase in size of the tissue), or skin eruptions similar to acne. Alternative names: Acne rosacea.

Rosacea Cream – by Zenmed is an all natural topical treatment containing manuka and other botanical extracts, essential oils and therapeutic ingredients.

Rosacea-Ltd IV™ – Applied topically, Rosacea-Ltd will improve the appearance of skin that is sensitive or inflamed due to rosacea, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and adult acne. Manufactured by Bass and Boney.

Rosecea – Common misspelling of rosacea.

Rozex Gel® – also known as Metronidazole is used for the treatment of rosacea.