Over The Counter Products
(1) Oxymetazoline Cream – is a vasoconstrictor which works by causing the smooth muscle around blood vessels to contract, making the vessels smaller and less dilated. Studies have found that after applying oxymetazoline to the skin once a day, a decrease in redness was noted in 1 hour and the effect was sustained throughout the day. Continued application once a day over several months was associated with a marked improvement of rosacea symptoms. These results were sustained after prolonged use at 17 months. When compared to the other agents currently used, oxymetazoline presents fewer issues with potential side effects and its application results in a rapid improvement of symptoms.