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Dermatol Ther. 2022 Sep 12:e15819. doi: 10.1111/dth.15819. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: Brimonidine is a vasoconstrictive agent used to treat several dermatologic disorders. Here, we review the uses of brimonidine in different aspects of dermatology.

METHODS: We searched keywords including rosacea, erythema, topical brimonidine, dermatology, and skin disease in PubMed, Cochrane, and Google Scholar to collect the related published articles.

RESULTS: In a review of 15 articles, we found topical brimonidine improved the facial erythema of rosacea. In addition, it reduced the erythema associated with alcohol flushing syndrome, intense pulsed light therapy, and photodynamic therapy. Furthermore, topical brimonidine was used as a hemostatic agent in dermatosurgery procedures such as Mohs surgery and nail surgery to reduce intra-operative and postoperative bleeding. Some side effects such as erythema, flushing, and burning were reported in a few patients.

CONCLUSION: Based on our findings, brimonidine is a beneficial drug that can be used in various dermatologic disorders with negligible side effects. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID:36097378 | DOI:10.1111/dth.15819

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