I am not recommending this off the cuff, but just want you to be aware of a drug that is extremely helpful in treating rosacea. Its main use is to knock severe rosacea back down to pre-rosacea and mild rosacea. It does a darn good job at doing this within 30 to 45 days.
It is an antimalarial drug. Yep, you heard me right. the use of antimalarial drugs such as hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) are very popular in Europe and becoming more popular in the US. Short term treatment can completely break the vicious rosacea cycle. A doctor and his or her patient must go over every single side effect and go over the risk/benefit ratio. I would very much like to see a study performed on this oral treatment.
You can find many of these treatments in "Peals of Wisdom" in Dermatology Clinics. One of the many Plaquenil reports on rosacea:
Tackling Treatment Resistiant Rosacea -- Plaquenil comes to the Rescue
A treatment resistant rosacea sufferer with severe redness, severe papules and severe burning has been treated by all the standard medications and laser treatments for 9 years without any improvement. The most amazing thing about the plaquenil is that my rosacea got significantly better. It's almost completely cleared without any other medication or maintenance treatment.. I don't feel like everyone's looking at my bright red, blotchy cheeks anymore. Both dermatologists are shocked. The redness is gone, the flushing is almost completely gone and the burning sensations have disappeard. I have had severe rosacea for 9 years. After 6 months of Plaquenil treatment I no longer have rosacea. I am now off Plaquenil for almost 3 years with no relapse.
Dosage: 200 mg.
Frequency: 2 tablets 1 x day
Total Length: one year
Brand: Hydroxychloroquine (generic)