Adults who have a skin condition called rosacea may receive a prescription medication called MetroCream. This medicine is specifically approved to treat the bumps and pimples caused by rosacea, and may also help with redness and dryness. MetroCream is not approved for use in children or adolescents younger than 18 years old.
What Is MetroCream Used For?MetroCream® (metronidazole cream) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of rosacea. Specifically, it is approved to treat the bumps and pimples caused by this condition. It may also help with redness or dryness, although it is not approved for treating these aspects of rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. Characteristics of the condition include redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Although rosacea usually affects the face, it can also affect parts of the upper body.
Rosacea treatment may involve good skin care (see Rosacea Skin Care), medications (either applied directly to the skin, like MetroCream, or taken by mouth), and other treatments like laser surgery. MetroCream is most useful for people who have bumps and blemishes associated with rosacea.
Even for people taking rosacea medications, it is important to try to avoid triggers, such as alcohol, hot beverages, or spicy foods.