The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Recommendations to treat acne rosacea

    acneResearchers from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in Salt Lake City have published recommendations.

    Let’s focus on initial treatments for rosacea flares before using lasers and drugs.

    To reduce rosacea flares…

    • Use emollient, noncomedogenic (anti-acne) moisturizers.
      • Mild, fragrance-free, soap-free cleansers with nonalkaline or neutral pH
    • Protect against sun exposure.
      • Broad-spectrum sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide
      • Wide-brimmed hats
    • Avoid astringents and other skin care products containing alcohol, menthol, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, peppermint, witch hazel, or sodium lauryl sulfate (level of evidence.

    The bottom line?
    The authors tell us that rosacea classification, severity, and response to previous treatments will influence the choice to treatment. However, for managing flares it’s as important to know what to avoid as what to recommend.

    11/4/09 22:27 JR

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