Topical treatments offer an ongoing, non-invasive approach to treating facial redness. Prescription-strength medication provides a more effective alternative to over-the-counter treatments. While topical medications vary widely depending on condition, they generally fall into three major categories:
- Antibiotics: These drugs help fight bacterial causes of facial redness. They are sometimes combined with low-dose oral antibiotics to help reduce inflammation as well.
- Steroids: Steroid creams are used to fight inflammation. The doctor will typically prescribe the lowest effective strength since these drugs can cause side effects.
- Retinoids: Retinoid creams contain natural or synthetic vitamin A. They can slow the growth of skin and help unclog pores. They can take several months to work, and they can cause side effects.