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When I was younger, I always had clear skin but as I got older, I began to notice changes like visible blood vessels, facial redness, and acne-like breakouts.1 I thought… of course, it’s hormones! And I believed that for years. I tried different over-the-counter products to relieve the symptoms but my skin was never clear and smooth the way it used to be. I figured these changes were just another sign of aging that I had to accept. BUT! That wasn’t true!
Everything changed one day when I visited a new dermatologist. I made an appointment to discuss new skin care products because I was concerned about fine lines, and I walked out with a rosacea diagnosis! To be honest, the possibility of rosacea being the cause of the skin challenges I faced never crossed my mind. In hindsight, the symptoms I experienced were all indicators of the condition. At the time, I wasn’t aware that these were symptoms of rosacea, plus, I wasn’t regularly visiting a dermatologist like I should have been.
At first, I was a bit shocked by the diagnosis, but after speaking to the dermatologist more and researching facts about rosacea, I learned that more than 16 million Americans have rosacea and many of them were experiencing symptoms without realizing they were affected by the condition, just as I was.1 I was out buying each new skincare product that came out hoping I would find my holy grail: something for sensitive skin to smooth my skin, and address the bumps and blemishes. The other interesting fact I stumbled upon is that rosacea tends to appear after the age of 30 and some people have several symptoms whereas others may just experience one or two.2 The symptoms can be persistent or come and go.2 If you think you may have symptoms of rosacea, it’s really important to see a dermatologist to discuss diagnosis and treatment. 2 If the condition is left untreated, it can worsen over time, causing thickened skin. 2 It can even cause irritation to your eyes. 2
The amazing thing I want to share with you about my experience with rosacea is how much changed after I was diagnosed! I was prescribed Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, a cream formulated with a gentle moisturizing base proven to effectively treat bumps and blemishes of rosacea in as little as two weeks.2
I found Soolantra Cream to be easy to use and I noticed changes to my skin within a couple weeks. The product also feels gentle on my skin. I apply it to clean skin.
The only thing that frustrates me today is that I didn’t find out I had rosacea earlier. If I had, I could have started treating it and felt better about my skin much sooner! I’ve learned that things that used to make my skin flare up – like spicy foods, exercise, alcohol, and certain weather conditions – are actually known triggers that can cause rosacea flare-ups.5 I didn’t always enjoy these things because I was afraid my symptoms would appear (and in a cruel twist, stress can be a potential trigger, too).5
I didn’t start my blog or social media channels until my skin cleared up because I didn’t like the way it looked, and I certainly wasn’t comfortable posting photos of myself. These insecurities are not uncommon amongst people who have rosacea – research finds that people with rosacea may feel embarrassed, sad, or depressed about how their skin looks.1,6 If you feel sad about your skin or you think you might have symptoms of rosacea, be sure to visit a dermatologist.2
For those of you who have been experiencing challenges with your skin, I encourage you to check out the information from the helpful links below. Even if you’ve been experiencing issues that are a bit different from my own, rosacea doesn’t always manifest itself in the same way. 2 For me, using Soolantra Cream has cleared up my complexion and because of this, given me more confidence. I’m really happy with the changes I’ve experienced, and I hope this information may help lead you to options that you didn’t know were out there.
Helpful Information About Rosacea:
- For more information about rosacea triggers, skincare tips, treatment options and how to find a dermatologist near you, visit Soolantra.com
- Additional information about rosacea triggers
- Benefits and details about Soolantra Cream
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≤1%) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
 National Rosacea Society. What Is Rosacea? https://www.rosacea.org/. Accessed on April 17, 2019.
 National Rosacea Society. All About Rosacea. https://www.rosacea.org/patients/allaboutrosacea.php. Accessed on April 17, 2019.
 Soolantra® (ivermectin) cream, 1%, for topical use, Prescribing Information. 2014.
 Stein, L., et.al., Efficacy and safety of ivermectin 1% cream in treatment of papulopustular rosacea: results of two randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled pivotal studies. Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD, 2014. 13(3), pp.316-323.
 National Rosacea Society. Rosacea Triggers Survey. https://www.rosacea.org/patients/materials/triggersgraph.php. Accessed on April 17, 2019.
 Rosacea: Beyond the visible online report, BMJ Hosted Website. http://hosted.bmj.com/rosaceabeyondthevisible. Accessed on April 17, 2019.
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