Rosacea in Australia

Written by on July 4, 2007 with 444 Comments



Most of the members of the rosacea-support mailing list are based in North America. Thus much of the discussion is about treatments available there. This page aims to collect information about treatments that are available locally in Australia. This may still mean using the internet to order products though.

On this page you will find information about how to find a dermatologist in Australia, how to find a local IPL or photoderm clinic, a few ideas for cleansers and other rosacea topicals.

You Won’t Believe This

Seriously, you won’t believe this, but Australia has the cheapest rosacea treatments in the world!

Photoderm IPL Centres

It is important to find an experienced practitioner when seeking photoderm treatment for Rosacea. I have no information about how experienced these clinics are, so buyer beware: do your research.

The list of IPL machines in Australia has grown and is now on its own page. Last updated 8/7/2005.

Dermatologists in Australia

The Australasian College of Dermatologists has a list of Dermatologists in Australia.

You will need to get a referral from your G.P. to visit a dermatologist.

The College has produced quite a nice introductory page on Rosacea.



A gentle cleanser is the Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, (see US link at Galderma for more information) which is available from pharmacists, at around $11 a bar.

Linda Sy

The much loved Tinted ZincO cream is no longer available from Linda Sy, but RosaceaCare is now selling it instead – see Tinted ZincO Cream.


Rosacure is available cheaply in Australia from and

Rosacure is a “a cosmetic product which may be useful for improving the appearance of reddened skin”. The makers only make gentle claims about its effectiveness. It has received an ok review as a moisturiser from group members. The Australian distributors offer a free sample to Australian residents if you email

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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444 Reader Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi Jenny. I am sorry to hear that you have had such a difficult time with rosacea. Like you, the onset of menopause kicked my rosacea into overdrive. I have had good results with trigger avoidance, laser and rosacea specific skincare products. I note that you live in Melbourne and wonder if you have tried the products from Melbourne Dermatology Rosacea Treatment Clinic. The non-prescription products are available online without the need to be a patient of the clinic. I believe these products have played a major role in the treatment of my rosacea. As I am not resident in Melbourne I have not had the opportunity to visit the clinic, but have found them to be very helpful with regard to the best way to use their products for your particular skincare needs. The only downside is the cost! With respect to laser treatment I have had limited results from vbeam but very good results from Laser Genesis, although it does seem that in order to retain the benefits regular treatments are necessary. I now have a maintenance treatment every three months. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope that better skin is coming your way.

    • Jenny Griffiths says:

      Thank you Jennifer for sharing this information. No I haven’t been to the Melbourne Dermatology Rosacea Treatment Centre ( I have actually moved and live about 100kms out of Melbourne now) but I have heard other good reports about their products so I might find out more. I ended up having a photo sensitivity reaction to the Doxycycline so I am now on Akamin tablets which seem to help. My dermatologist also has now put me on DalacinT lotion and Tacrolimus cream, and both have helped my skin to settle. I was interested to read of your preference of Laser Genesis over VBeam. Thank you again for sharing what has worked for you

  2. Anthony says:

    Hey Thanks for this support group in Australia
    Very comforted knowing there is help out there
    I am in Adelaide and have suffered since 2002
    Thanks to this forum and community i finally realize what has been causing my skin conditions
    I want to start a clinic here and help others as i feel as though like me, others don’t know what they have and i can help them but i really need to cure myself first before i can help others
    Flowers of Sulfur internally and externally are helping drying my skin buts still really itchy
    Dettol Alcohol and the Dettol ordinal soap bars you can find on eBay certainly calm the skin
    Having trouble though finding the correct TTO / terpinen-4-ol, and eye lash wipes

    If its not too much trouble can some one lead me to a good product


  3. Pk says:

    My doctor gave me e-mycin which is an antibiotic I take when I get a flare up
    It calms the pustules quite quickly

  4. Jennifer says:

    I am interested to hear any feedback from Rosacea sufferers concerning humidity and its effects on the condition. I have suffered from Rosacea for many years and avoid triggers when possible, have various treatments and see a wonderful dermatologist. However I am always aware that when I am in a “high humidity environment ” my skin calms dramatically- obviously the moisture in the air helps considerably. I live in Victoria and the cold winters really aggravate my Rosacea, especially going from cold outside to overheated buildings. At times I seriously consider relocating somewhere more tropical if I thought that it would have a positive impact on my skin. My dermatologist thinks that long term it wouldn’t help and that my skin calms because I am relaxed and stress free when I am in the tropics holidaying- and I realise that she makes a very valid point. However……. part of me wonders!

    • Katrina* says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I thought of this post recently because we had a heatwave and had the airconditioner on for very long periods day after day. Before rosacea this wasn’t an issue, but this time my skin got seriously itchy. After a lot of googling it works out that high airconditioner use can result in very dry, low humidity conditions, the same as cold winter conditions. We weren’t even running it that cold, but it was enough. I have since invested in a humidifier and it has really helped, I run it every time the airconditoner is on and will do in winter too when the heating is on. So it makes a lot of sense to me that skin might feel better in higher humidity environment.

      • Jennifer says:

        Thanks for telling me of your experience with the air conditioning Katrina. It certainly confirms for me that humidity seems to help. Like you my my skin gets seriously itchy when it’s exposed to a drying atmosphere. I might invest in getting a humidifier for the winter months

        • Jennifer says:

          Hi Jennifer
          I live in Queensland where it is humid for many months of the year. Surprisingly, my rosacea is less severe in the hot, humid summer than the cold, dry winter. In winter I use a hyaluronic acid serum which helps to attract and bind moisture to the skin which helps to keep my skin hydrated. In addition, I regularly mist my skin with a spring water spray to ward off dehydration. I also make sure I keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

          • Jennifer says:

            Thank you for your comments. I also keep my skin hydrated as much as possible. I find Cetaphil moisturising cream wonderful for my skin- it’s very calming. I also use a spring water spray mist and like you drink plenty of water. I am also interested to hear of your experience with more humid weather and its effect on your skin. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Liza says:

    I have only recently been diagnosed with Rosacea and it’s been horrible, my face feels like it’s constantly burning. I’ve been put onto tablets to help reduce the inflammation but I’m hoping to get some advice on skin products. I’m having a lot of trouble finding products that don’t aggravate my skin even more, I recently used Cetaphil and with in ten minutes my face felt like it was on fire. It has been suggested to me that either La Roche products or aveeno products are good. Can anyone give me any advice on these products or products they’ve had success with. Any help would be very appreciated

    • Bea says:

      When I was diagnosed many years ago I had to stop using all make-up and could not find any moisturisers that my skin tolerated. I did a lot of research (and bought lots of products that I only used once because they aggravated my skin). The only products that I could use were Jojoba oil and Rosehip oil. My skin improved within week to stop antibiotic. Then I only used Elidel and Rosex (prescription creams) to control outbreaks (and the oils as daily moisturisers).
      After about 3 years I no longer needed prescription creams and have been symptom free since.
      Rather than using the oil straight (to avoid the oily looking face) slightly wet your face and apply only a small amount of oil day and night if needed.
      Hope it works for you too.

    • Katrina says:

      Hi Liza,

      I ended up with full blown rosacea overnight, from using a hydrating sheet face mask, that blew my face up and since then I haven’t been able to use any of my old skin care, sunscreen or make-up, very depressing, that was 4 and a half months ago. Saying my life has changed is an understatement. The heat coming off my face for the first few months was crazy. I really feel for you, I think I may still be in shock from the whole rosacea thing. The antibiotics to help the inflammation didn’t work for me, I was on Doxy for 6 weeks and then E-mycin for 2, but took myself off as the e-mycin gave me an allergic reaction, even though the derm said the inflammation can get worse before it gets better on it, that wasn’t true in my case. She wants me to go on Accutane which I am really resistant to, so I’m having a break from all of that for now. I use the La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo cleanser, very gentle and has never irritated. I then use Avene Mineral Water Spray to cool everything down and when its only dampish then use Avene Skin Recovery Cream, not the riche as it holds too much heat in. I have also used Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream, but have come back to the Recovery cream as my skin barrier was very damaged by the mask, it apparently turned acidic and gave me a glycolic peel!! Nice work for 12 minutes on, a peel and full blown rosacea!! I’ve got to use dark humour as I’ve cried too much over the past months. I heard some lyrics in a Pink song the other day that I think is very fitting, “Even though it burns your not going to die, you’ve gotta get up and try, and try and try.” Sounds about right from my end.
      Hang in there!

  6. After enduring Rosacea for 15 years I feel free for the first time. Soolantra was the answer for me. I now firmly believe demodex mites were the cause of the constant pustules, lumps and bumps.

    Soolantra is an anti-parasitic cream. The redness is greatly reduced too. A good skin care routine is still essential and I like moisturisers containing MSM (organic sulphur). Mineral powder foundation is non irritating and has great coverage.

    Don’t give up – there are solutions although I don’t believe antibiotics are the answer at all. Probiotics are essential every day to nurture the gut.

    • Irene, I’ve had rosacea since I was a teenager and am now 73. After menopause, I started developing pustules as well as permanent redness and broken capillaries, which I’d had since my teens. Is Soolantra available on prescription? Antibiotics give me diarrhea. I’ve always liked sulphur products, which I used on acne when young, but which moisturiser do you use containing MSM? I found one mineral powder which dried up pustules, but it’s no longer available. What did help a lot with my rosacea was 50mg Voltaren tablets prescribed for a swollen and painful knee after a fall. This medication drastically reduced my redness, but sadly is not safe for continued use as it has dangerous side effects. However, it obviously shows that my rosacea is an inflammatory condition. For several years I’ve been using Hydrozole cream (1% cortisol) every night which usually prevents outbreaks of pustules. If pustules do come, I use Animine cream at night (2.5mg benzalkonium chloride, 30 mg lignocaine hydrochloride and 200 mg zinc oxide). It is like a very thick calamine lotion. This dries up pustules effectively in 2 or 3 days. Although I’m old, my skin is not dry, especially not my nose which is where most pustules erupt. Dermatologists do not have a clue and I’ve just worked out my own treatment by trial and error. Nowhere have I seen that rosacea is an inflammatory condition, also many are diagnosed with rosacea who in fact just have dry, sensitive skin – something completely different. I also think mites are the cause. I used to get pustules on my cheeks and chin, but when I started using Hydrozole the pustules moved to my nose and I think that was the mites moving away from the hydrozole. I would be very grateful to hear which moisturisers you’re using and I’ll enquire about Soolantra. People with normal skin never realise how lucky they are! I’ve had to use camoflage make-up every day since my teens – the silver lining has been no sun damage and no skin cancers on my face.

      • Jennifer says:

        Hi Lorraine
        If you are looking for a rosacea friendly MSM moisturiser, Moogoo Skincare have an excellent one. They also have a demadex mite treatment in their range. I still use the MSM moisturiser when I run out of my normal rosacea moisturiser and I’ve never experienced a negative reaction. You can order Moogoo online at a very reasonable cost.

      • Hi Lorraine
        Sorry I missed your reply, yes a year is a long time. To give an update on Soolantra, my skin is the best it’s been in nearly 20 years. I rarely need to use Soolantra now but if a little bump appears I use it at night for a few nights and the problem disappears. Soolantra is a prescription cream which costs around $50 a tube, worth every cent to me.

        I use Mismo moisturiser with MSM and also use that Mineral powder as it gives natural coverage and does not clog pores.I also take Mismo MSM orally

        Hope your skin has improved during this time.

        • Sammantha says:

          Hi Everyone I have been suffering from severe rosacea for over 30 years and it has significantly hindered my life. Roaccutane capsules help although I am currently not taking any because the derm I was seeing makes me go for blood tests every few months even though my liver function is fine (IMO ) I live rurally with my severely autistic 7 year old son so it’s not easy to get tested.
          I’m posting because ivermectin helps my pustules a lot but Soolantra is ssooo expensive. Ivermectin is the active ingredient in Soolantra so I found a cheaper source of ivermectin which I use topically when pustules appear (wipe it on clean skin with a cotton ball and leave it on). I use Ausmectin Sheep Drench which is 0.8g/L ivermectin. I remember reading through the ingredients in this animal product and thinking that they were benign but I certainly recommend that if you ever use another source of ivermectin, you make sure for yourself that you’re not putting anything detrimental or poisonous on to your skin. I’m certainly not the only person with rosacea using ‘after market’ ivermectin though. I’ve seen many posts online by people finding affordable ivermectin and getting good results with it. I’m sure that many people will prefer to get a prescription and pay the $80 for Soolantra. If you can afford that, do it. If not, perhaps research other sources of ivermectin..? (PS I’m not recommending that people buy and use animal products on their skin. I’m narrating my personal experience and I might realise in the future that what I’ve been doing is dangerous. Please do your own research.)
          Thx from Sammantha

  7. Jennifer says:

    I have to agree with you Lorraine. People who have normal skin just take it for granted and have no idea how lucky they are! Like you I have had to use camouflage makeup all my life. However I do have a wonderful dermatologist who understands Rosacea and she has helped me amazingly. I have also found Soolantra to be wonderful and I apply it every morning before I put on moisturiser and makeup. It has really helped my skin. My dermatologist does believe in both the mites and the inflammatory aspect of Rosacea and she treats both. Good luck with the Soolantra!

    • Felicity Pontoni says:

      Hello, I’m trying to find a good dermatologist in Sydney who understands Rosacea. Can anyone recommend someone?

    • Catherine Thomas says:

      Hello Jennifer
      I am looking for a good dermatologist in Melbourne who treats Roscae. Have been to one dermatologist and found him lacking in interest and understanding!
      I have been battling with steroid induced roscae and have improved over the last few months but still have outbreaks that are difficult to control. Doxy has helped but would like to have my condition reviewed by a good dermatologist
      Kind regards
      Cathy T

      • Jennifer says:

        Hello Catherine. It is difficult to find a dermatologist who understands Rosacea. I have seen many over the years! I now see Dr Karen Wolfowitz at Clifton Hill Dermatology 302A Queens Parade, Fitzroy North

  8. Daryl says:

    I have had luck with a variety of products. Tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil, I have dry skin, works at least for a while. Then a waxy cream from the health food store called SATYA organic eczema relief and now a new prescription called Finacea. The metrogel antibiotic cream caused a reaction. I pile these on top of each other sometimes. Just started the Finacea so will see.

  9. padge says:

    Have the papular version appeared only a few weeks ago,Does the prescribed lowdose doxycycline work as a one off course of 12 weeks? or is is required from now on? bought the horse paste too but havent used it yet.Doxy is working but wondering if i need to stay on it forever?

    • Jennifer says:

      From my experience you should not have to stay on doxycycline long term. It is very effective for treating Rosacea and even though it’s a low dose antibiotic you can be on it for short periods of time when your skin flares up. Unfortunately I suffered a photosensitive reaction to Doxycycline and I now use Akamin tablets when necessary. Good luck with the Doxycycline and I know nothing about horse paste!!

  10. Anne says:

    Does any one know if Rhofade is available in Australia?

  11. Katherina says:

    After my first night using Soolantra, my skin became very red and inflamed. I’ve read online that this can be the case as it begins working, but as I’ve also had very sensitive eczema prone skin in the past, I’m unsure if it’s a reaction or a normal early-days response and to persevere. I rang and left a message for my dermatologist who suggested I stop the Soolantra and use Elidel instead. But I’m now confused; isn’t it a completely different mode of action? Has anyone else had a similar experience? I was also prescribed doxycycline 100mg daily but hesitate to start them as am wary of antibiotics. Thanks

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Katherina,
      I am sorry to hear of your skins reaction to the Soolantra. I can only go by my experience but the Soolantra has always been very calming for my skin. I would be seeking help and further advice from your dermatologist. Suffering from Rosacea and extremely sensitive skin is at times an ongoing nightmare. However persevere because great progress has been made with creams, oral prescriptions, laser etc. Good luck with it all

      • Suee says:

        Hi, been a horrid time using Soolantra but dermatologist put us on doxycycline to help the die off heal Think it’s week 5 and first die off is I hope starting to heal. On doxycycline for 3 month and not sure about Soolantra, prob the same. U
        Guessing with the die off coming off doxycycline should be to bad. Omg fingers crossed. Good luck everyone. This rosacea sucks.

  12. Shane Patrick Mason says:

    Hi I live in Melbourne and have just been diagnosed with rosacea, at 63 my first thought was why am I getting acne at my age
    Does this group have a FB page
    Any advice greatly appreciated

  13. Mia says:

    Hi there, I’ve had ongoing inflammation on my eyes for over a year now. I am pretty sure I have ocular rosacea but just haven’t been diagnosed yet. Does anyone know of a good Ophthalmologist or Dermatologist in Melbourne who I could see? I have been seeing both but to date don’t have an official diagnoses. I’ve been on Doxy for > 6 months but no relief. Also using Tacrolimus for a few months now for the skin around the eyes but no improvement.

  14. Sue says:

    Hi, has anybody had success with Doxycicline? We live in SE Qld with hot summers and have the aircon on all the time, my husband has had IPL but to no great avail.His main problem is burning and redness. Can’ tolerate sun and computer and TV screens.

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