If you read my blog regularly you’ll know that I recently, finally, got a referral to a Dermatologist to try and take action to treat my rosacea – and together we decided on a combination of Soolantra and Lymecycline.
Before that appointment I wasn’t really doing anything active with it – just doing my best to minimise outbreaks and cope with symptoms as best I could. I’ve never been able to identify any triggers for my rosacea so it’s just about minimising spots.
You can read more about the appointment here, but I thought it would be useful to write in more detail about the treatment I’m trying now and then post some progress shots as I go along.
Soolantra (Ivermectin) cream
This cream is designed to help fight “bumps and blemishes” with the active ingredient ivermectin. This ingredient is reported to have anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to their website, during week clinical trials, a large number of people saw a reduction in bumps and the angry redness.
You apply the cream once per day to a clean face. Once it’s dried you can use normal cosmetics – this is really handy if you have dry skin and want to wear a night cream. That said, it does have a moisturising base and the few times I have used it so far I have noticed my skin feeling pretty well hydrated in the morning.
These are part of the tetracycline antibiotics, which are often prescribed long term to help with acne and acne rosacea.
The usual dose is one tablet per day with water. I take mine at night at the same time as using Soolantra, so I don’t forget them!
These tablets focus on stopping your skin producing acne spots in the first place, so ideally, the combination of the two medications should reduce acne production, reduce redness and also combat inflammation.
Current skin status:
I had noticed in the lead up to my appointment that my skin had cleared to some extent; though not to “normal” parameters. This is typical for me; underlying redness, the classic rosacea butterfly rash and the acne aspect – papules and pustules.
Because the medications take a while to settle in and do their thing I’ll post another update in a months time to see if there is any early change.. fingers crossed!