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The Latest Advances In Prevention And Treatment

Rosacea plagues 14 million Americans with facial redness, bumps, pimples, and visible blood vessels, yet its cause and cure remain elusive. But for now, there's help for the symptoms.

In a trial of 251 rosacea sufferers, azelaic acid gel (Finacea) was the surprising upstart, outlasting the effectiveness of the current top treatment, metronidazole gel (MetroGel). Finacea continued to improve symptoms throughout the 15-week trial, while MetroGel plateaued after just 8 weeks, says researcher Boni Elewski, MD, of the University of Alabama. "It even reduced redness, a difficult symptom."

And the treatment caused no major side effects, and most of the patients who experienced a temporary stinging sensation from the gel found it easy to tolerate.

PHOTO (COLOR): Gel soothes rosacea

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By Annie Stuart

Edited by Sarí Harrar

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