Sometimes it is difficult to know if the red rashes on your face are acne or rosacea or perioral dermatitis. Our knowledgeable specialists can clarify this and give you a diagnosis, which is a prerequisite for proper and effective treatment.
For mild to moderate acne, the basic treatment is topical treatment with some kind of cream or gel, many people find that it dries out the skin and makes the skin red. Unfortunately, all effective acne treatments are dehydrating for the first few weeks but this usually subsides after 3-4 weeks. You can reduce these problems by applying cream every two to three days in the beginning and gradually increasing it. If this is not enough, tetralysal is often added to the topical treatment. Tetralysal is taken for 3 months and helps if you have red inflammatory rashes. If you only have pimples/blackheads, tetralysal has no effect, then a skin therapist may be the best option. If the acne is very severe, or if it does not improve with topical treatment and tetralysal, isotretinoin is used. Isotretinoin cures virtually all acne but has some side effects and you need to follow blood tests.
For rosacea and perioral dermatitis with mild symptoms, local treatment is also primarily used, but with slightly different varieties than for acne. If the symptoms are pronounced or do not disappear with local treatment, tetralysal can also be given here; tetralysal has an anti-inflammatory effect. Low-dose doxycycline may also be an option. For persistent or constantly recurring problems, low-dose isotretinoin can be tried. Unfortunately, if the main symptom of rosacea is facial redness, none of the above-mentioned treatments are particularly helpful, so laser or IPL is needed.
Visits for acne, rosacea & perioral dermatitis include examination & prescription, but any sampling costs extra.
Treatment course with isotretinoin: SEK 6,500, including blood tests and return visits.
IPL treatment: from €2,900 per treatment, often requiring 3-4 treatments.