Soolantra is a topical cream used specifically for treating the bumps and pimples caused by rosacea. Its active ingredient, ivermectin, works by reducing inflammation and killing demodex mites that are thought to contribute to rosacea.
- Topical rosacea treatment
- Contains ivermectin
- Applied daily
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What is Soolantra?
Soolantra is an ivermectin cream used to treat rosacea. You apply it once a day for several weeks to reduce the redness and spots associated with rosacea.
How Does it Work?
Soolantra cream contains the active ingredient, ivermectin. Ivermectin is used to treat parasitic infections like scabies and worms, but it is also effective in rosacea.
We do not know exactly what causes rosacea, but it has been linked to inflammatory processes and Demodex mites. These parasitic mites cannot be seen with the naked eye. They live on the skin and may cause irritation leading to the symptoms of rosacea.
Ivermectin has anti-parasitic properties which target the Demodex mites, but it is also anti-inflammatory. Rosacea is characterised by redness, spots and thickening of the skin. These symptoms mean that the skin is inflamed. Rosacea can help to reduce the inflammation and redness associated with rosacea.
- Flare-ups of rosacea can be triggered by a number of different situations including stress, alcohol and changes in the weather. Keep a diary of your flare-ups to help identify your triggers. Some triggers may be avoidable which can minimise flare-ups in the future.
- Rosacea and other skin conditions can be exacerbated by sunlight. Try to wear SPF 30 suncream every day to protect your skin from further damage.
- If you want to wear make-up with Soolantra, ensure that the cream has fully dried before applying. Always try to use make-up products designed for people with sensitive skin.
- Some people living with rosacea find it can have a significant impact upon their mental health and self-esteem. The charity Changing Faces offers counselling and wellbeing support for individuals experiencing psychological and emotional effects of rosacea.
How To Use Soolantra Cream
When to Apply
Apply Soolantra cream once a day to the affected areas. You can apply Soolantra at a time of day that suits you. It may help to integrate Soolantra into your morning or bedtime routine.
If you intend to wear make-up when using Soolantra, ensure that the cream has dried fully before applying and use cosmetic products designed for sensitive skin. You may find it easier to apply Soolantra cream at night if you want to apply make-up in the morning.
How to Apply
Use a pea-sized amount of Soolantra cream on each of the five areas of your face: forehead, each cheek, nose and chin. Rub the cream into the skin until it is absorbed. Allow the cream to dry fully before applying any other products to your skin.
The recommended treatment course is up to four months (16 weeks); speak to your doctor about long-term use of this product.
Warnings for Use of Soolantra
- Do not use Soolantra cream if you are allergic to any of the ingredients it contains.
- Avoid contact with mouth, eyes or inside of your nose. If you do get Soolantra in these areas, wash the area immediately with plenty of water.
- If you have any problems with your liver, consult your doctor before using Soolantra as it can affect certain enzymes (ALT/AST) produced by the liver.
- Soolantra should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or by children or adolescents.
- If you miss a dose of Soolantra, do not use a double dose. Skip the missed dose and continue with the treatment as prescribed.
Soolantra Side Effects
As with all medications, some users may experience side effects when using Soolantra for rosacea - however, most will not. The most common side effect of Soolantra is a burning sensation on the skin after applying the cream. This affects up to 10% of people who use Soolantra. Other side effects are much less common, with up to 1% of people experiencing skin irritation, itching, dryness or a worsening of their rosacea.
If you struggle to cope with the side effects or if you feel your rosacea is worse when using Soolantra, speak to your GP for further advice. They may recommend a reduction in your dose, or an alternative treatment to try out. Please see the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
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How long does Soolantra take to work?
You should start to notice effects from Soolantra after four weeks of regular use, but it could take longer depending on the severity of your condition. If you do not experience an effect form Soolantra after 3 months, stop using Soolantra and speak to your doctor about alternatives.
Can I use Soolantra more than once a day?
Soolantra should not be used more than once a day. Using Soolantra more than once a day may cause irritation and increase the risk of side effects. Using extra Soolantra cream will not increase its effectiveness or make it work any faster.
Soolantra Cream Ingredients
The active ingredient in Soolantra cream is ivermectin. One gram of Soolantra creams contains 10 mg of ivermectin.
Other ingredients in Soolantra include: carbomer copolymer type B, cetyl alcohol, citric acid monohydrate, dimethicone, edetate disodium, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, methylparaben, oleyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, polyoxyl 20 cetostearyl ether, propylene glycol, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan monostearate, and stearyl alcohol.
The cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol and proylene glycol can cause irritation and skin reactions such as contact dermatitis. Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzote (E216) can also cause allergic reactions, but it make take several days for these to occur. Do not use Soolantra if you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in the cream. If you experience an allergic reaction, stop using Soolantra and speak to your doctor.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org.uk, or by contacting us.
What can trigger rosacea?
Everyone will be different but listed below are some common triggers. Many of them are environmental factors. Keeping a diary of your symptoms will help to track any flare-ups and may be a useful way to discover personal triggers.
- Sun exposure
- Hot and spicy foods
- Hot drinks
- Certain medications
- Emotional stress
- Strenuous exercise
Are there conditions that are similar to rosacea?
There are a number of conditions that have similar symptoms and patterns to rosacea such as acne, some types of dermatitis, lupus and keratosis pilaris.
This is why it is important to complete the online assessment with as much detail as possible to enable our doctors to properly assess your symptoms.
Will my nose swell or change shape (rhinophyma)?
Rosacea can affect the nose and cause rhinophyma, but this is uncommon. It usually only develops in rosacea which has been active and left untreated for many years and because of this it may be more common when patients are middle-aged. This is why it is important that you are assessed and treated promptly if you suspect you have rosacea.
Is Rosacea a sign of poor hygiene?
Rosacea is not related to poor hygiene.
How should I wash my face if I have rosacea?
Patients should use a mild soap or non-soap cleansers. Use your fingertips to apply the cleanser, avoid using rough cloths or sponges. Wash the cleanser away with lukewarm water (hot or cold water may cause flushing) and pat your face dry with a towel. Avoid rubbing the skin with a towel because this may cause irritation.
Should I moisturise my face?
Many rosacea sufferers will also have dry skin. Moisturising affected areas can help with any dryness, stinging and irritation. Patients may find creams designed for sensitive skin are gentler and cause less irritation. These can be used together with topical medication but make sure to leave at least 30 minutes between different creams or ointments.
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