Scalp Rosacea: What Is It? How Do We Treat it?

What Is It? How Do We Treat it?

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Rosacea is a common condition affected up to 10 % of individuals. Skin flushing, persistent redness of the face and prominent blood vessels are common.

It is increasingly recognized that "extra-facial" rosacea (rosacea at locations other than the face) is a true entity. Rosacea affecting the scalp is a diagnosis that is increasingly recognized.

Patients with scalp rosacea present with redness and burning. Up to 5 % of those with facial rosacea experience scalp rosacea. Doxycycline pills (shown here) can be effective for a proportion of patients with scalp rosacea.


Fortuna et al. A case of scalp rosacea treated with low dose doxycycline and probiotic therapy and literature review with therapeutic options. Derm Ther 2016; 29:249-51

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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