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Treating Rosacea Over-the-Counter: Relief Without A Prescription

Learn more about what Rosacea treatments are available over the counter and how they might help.

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Can you reduce your symptoms with simple items from the drugstore? Let’s find out. 

Here at Strut Health, we prescribe custom rosacea treatments totally online, making rosacea treatment both accessible and affordable.

But, we also recognize the merit in readily available OTC treatments for soothing mild rosacea flare-ups. Often, rosacea requires a combination approach, so finding OTC solutions is a great first step in rosacea treatment. 

In this article, we’ll highlight some of the worthwhile rosacea treatments you can find over the counter. If your rosacea has flared up on you and is red, inflamed, and causing you grief -- this article is for you. 

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What is Rosacea?

According to the National Rosacea Society, it’s estimated that 16 million Americans deal with rosacea, yet most of them don’t have a diagnosis and have not received treatment. This common skin disorder is often under diagnosed or confused with other conditions. 

Because there is no cure, rosacea symptoms can only be managed through diet changes and topical medications. When causing symptoms, rosacea can cause the skin to become red, swollen, reactive, sensitive, inflamed, hot, itchy, and bumpy with acne-like breakouts.

Things like hot drinks, spicy foods, wine, heat and sun exposure can trigger a rosacea flare-up. 

If you’re dealing with a flare-up right now, we definitely don’t need to explain how frustrating it can be. 

Let’s talk about what you can do to soothe your flare-up right now. 

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4 over-the-counter rosacea treatments

Creating a rosacea flare-up “go bag” for fast relief is not such a bad idea. When a flare-up gets the best of you, it’s great to have a few items on hand to help you manage your symptoms quickly. Here are our top 4 over-the-counter rosacea treatments for your flare-up “go bag.”

1. Anti-inflammatory, anti-redness soothing serum Rosaliac AR Intense by La Roche-Posay 

You’ll see throughout this article that we believe a great over-the-counter tactic for rosacea is focusing on simple, anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help soothe your skin. 

This affordable serum works as an anti-redness and anti-inflammatory product as the first ingredient is Ambophenol which has natural pain-relieving properties and reduces redness.

This also feels cool when applied which helps calm the skin. At around $30 a bottle, this is a great solution for when you’re in a pinch. 

2. Oat enriched calming redness relief essence by Dermalogica

Specifically formulated for sensitive, irritated skin, this lightweight essence is packed with calming aloe vera, licorice root, and oat.

This is designed to help soothe the skin with natural anti-inflammatory ingredients. If your skin is feeling particularly dry, or itchy, the addition of oat (or Avena Sativa Kernel Flour) can be extremely helpful. 

3. Soothing and redness control Phyto Corrective Botanical Masque by SkinCeuticals 

Dealing with persistent redness and irritation? Smooth this gel mask on and leave it on for a good long while (you can even sleep in it). Its formulated to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation.

Made with a blend of dipeptides (immediately calming), hyaluronic acid, and calming botanical extracts from cucumber, thyme, olive oil. 

4. CALM redness relief and repairing serum by Paulas Choice

This serum is packed with skin-soothing, smoothing, and calming ingredients like sea whip extract, ceramides, willow herb extract, feverfew extract, and antioxidant beta-glucan. Specifically designed for sensitive and red skin, this serum can help replenish and strengthen your skin barrier while soothing irritated skin. 

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Affordable prescription Rosacea treatments online with Strut Health

At Strut Health, we’re committed to offering affordable and sustainable rosacea solutions. We create custom rosacea formulas based on your specific needs and rosacea subtype. We utilize an effective combination of powerful ingredients to target symptoms and help keep rosacea symptoms under control.

If you want to see what your custom formula would contain, ​​simply complete a questionnaire-based online doctor's consultation, and if you’re a good candidate for treatment, our physicians will formulate your compound prescription. 

We ship directly to our patients and offer free follow-up care should you require any. 

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