When factoring in the cost of a rosacea treatment, one needs to consider the many aspects of the treatment regimen – how long will the supply I purchase today last, what other products do I need to purchase with it for the treatment to be used effectively and last but not least what recourse do I have if for some reason the treatment doesn’t work for me.
Below we have compiled a list of the top rosacea treatments currently and often used for the treatment of rosacea:
When you first seek help for rosacea depending on where you go for treatment assistance, at some point you will probably be prescribed one of the metronidazole products. These products come in gel form, cream and lotion. They are sold under the names: metro gel, metro cream, metro lotion, noritate, and Flagyl to name a few. This is a topical application used to treat parasitic infections. It is not clearly understood why some people find this topical helps their rosacea but it is one of the first line of treatment options. The possible side effects of metronidazole topicals include drug interactions with many varieties of blood thinners, and drugs used to treat HIV. Other possible reaction include the risk of headache, skin rash or redness, feelings of nausea, possible loss of appetite, or a metallic taste while using the drug. More serious side effects of metronidazole use are considered rare but include possible seizures or nerve damage resulting in the sensation of numbness and tingling of the fingers and toes, encephalopathy, and aseptic meningitis. The price per tube of metronidazole can vary based on the strength of the dosage and whether or not one has been given a generic of the drug. A generic can cost as little as $11 for a one month supply but the general cost is more in the range of $60 on basic heath insurance prescription plans. Over a years’ time this comes to a total cost of anywhere from $132.00 to $720.00.
Another common treatment option when metronidazole does not work is the prescribing of oral antibiotics. The thought process here is that a side effect of oral antibiotic use is a reduction in inflammation. Inflammation controlled through oral antibiotic use does have potential draw backs as we hear for often about the risk of antibiotic resistance and the threat this poses our ability to fight and control disease. There are any number of potential oral antibiotics and their generics used for this purpose – among the more common include oracea, tetracycline, minocycline, Achromycin V, Panmycin, Tetracyn, and Sumycin to name a few although there are many, many more trade names for these antibiotics. One possible side effect to note in addition to the risk antibiotic resistance is the potential for sun sensitivity while taking the drug, increased risk of skin rash or skin redness. The price per month can vary widely depending on whether you receive a generic or brand name and the strength of the dosage with the average cost being anywhere from $23.98 to $60.00 per month. This averages out to a yearly cost of anywhere from the lower end of $287.76 per year to as much as $720.00 per year with insurance.
When these first two options don’t produce the results you are looking for in addressing your rosacea symptoms, Dermatologist will often guide you toward laser, light therapies or dermabrasion as the next course of action in the treatment of rosacea. What exactly are these treatments and what is the theory behind use in the treatment of rosacea. The theory here is that if you remove the upper layer of skin, you will reveal the less damaged skin beneath. This theory would seem to indicate that some believe that rosacea is the result of surface damage to the upper layer of skin and that in removing that layer, you will remove the rosacea. Throughout the lifecycle of our skin, we are daily shedding the top layer of skin, so this theory may have some faults. That being said, this is an option that many people buy into. There are several types of laser and light therapies that in general all work on the same principle. The idea is to reduce the size or limit the action of the blood vessels in order to reduce the amount of vascular or facial skin redness. One thing to consider here is that by removing or sealing off the blood vessels, you are effectively removing the nourishment to the skin that we receive through our blood. In order to survive, the skin must regrow these blood vessels. Therefore this process cannot provide a long term solution for rosacea. Generally three of more treatments are needed before one begins to see results. Depending on the type of laser or light therapy you may experience anywhere from a minimum of downtime post procedure to a few weeks. Side effects include a slight burning or pain, mild to moderate discomfort following the procedure, scabbing, and inflammation from the heat of the laser and sun sensitivity following the procedure. Cost can vary widely depending on whether one is charged for anesthesia or use of the facility along with the cost of treatment and the type of laser used. On the more expensive end of this range is the group of ablative lasers which address the entire surface of the face and through a heat process vaporize the upper layer of skin. Ablative lasers actually burn the surface of the skin and require a longer recovery time, but not as many treatments are needed. Non-Ablative lasers target specific areas of the skin’s surface, a sort of spot laser treatment. The thought is to create a controlled injury to stimulate cellular production and healing. Ablative laser treatments generally average $2300 to $2500 per treatment. Non-ablative therapy can range in price from $700 to $900 per treatment with on average two treatments the first month and one treatment a month thereafter to maintain the results. These charges are not covered by health insurance.
Dermabrasion is a process in which finely crystalized sand like particles are blown on to your face in a process very similar to sandblasting a building. A small wire brush or burr will abrade the surface removing the upper layer of skin. The theory behind this process is to blast off upper layer of surface skin which is then gently vacuumed or suctioned away. This process will leave the skin surface a bit red and raw looking and it may form small scabs as it heals. It generally takes one to twelve weeks for the skin to recover from the treatment. Depending on the depth of the treatment light topical anesthesia to sedation, pain killers and ice may be used to help the patient better tolerate the process. The average cost of treatment can range from $1500.00 to $4000.00. There is a risk of infection, scarring and discoloration of the skin. In the treatment of rosacea this process is generally not covered by health insurance plans.
Another popular option is the Rosacea Care product line. This company offers a daytime and night time product regimen. The day time group consists of a choice of cleanser, Serum, Moisturizer and Eye Cream. The price for this treatment package ranges from $151.00 to $153.00 depending on the cleanser chosen. The daytime package lasts about a one month for daily use. The nighttime treatment regimen consists of a Cleanser, Exfo Cleansing Cloth, a cooling Facial Mask, Serum and Night Cream. The cost of this total package is $164.50, although the exfo cloth will last approximately 6 months so would only need to be purchased twice a year. This would bring the yearly cost of this rosacea treatment option to around $3666.00 to $3668.00 depending on the daytime cleanser purchased. This rosacea treatment package is not covered by health insurance plans.
Another popular treatment option for the symptoms of rosacea is the Rosacea-Ltd Rosacea Treatment Regimen. Rosacea-Ltd offers a very unique treatment delivery system comprised of all-natural minerals compressed into a disk or soap type formation. These minerals when glided over the dampened skin dissolve a tiny amount of superior grade healing anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory minerals directly to the skin’s surface which are then absorbed into the skin for quick soothing results. The cost of this two disk system – one for night time use and one for daytime use is $98.00. The two disks will last approximately one year.
As with any of these treatment options one can enhance their recovery and results through management of your rosacea triggers and lifestyle modifications. One may think the more expensive the treatment the better the results but that is often not the case when it comes to treating rosacea. The more knowledge you have about the treatment you are considering and your understanding of the limitations of that treatment can empower you to make sound positive decisions about the course of your rosacea treatment.