Soolantra is 1% Ivermectin antibiotic-free cream prescribed to treat the bumps and blemishes of some cases of rosacea. After age thirty, many men and women may begin to notice visible blood vessels, bumps, pimples, and a redness that appears on their forehead, nose, and cheeks. This could be the common inflammatory disorder known as rosacea. There are four types of rosacea; facial redness, acne rosacea, rhinophyma (thickening of the skin of the nose), and ocular (eye).
Certain factors can trigger the inflammation associated with rosacea, such as stress, spicy foods or drinks, temperature change in weather, some skin care products, and demodex. What is demodex? It is a microscopic mite that lives on human skin and is harmless for the most part. However, some individuals tend to have a higher population of these mites that could be the reason for your rosacea. The active ingredient of Soolantra is Ivermectin, a macrocyclic lactone that is absorbed into your skin cells and believed to affect the nervous system of the mites so they become paralyzed and eventually perish.
Our bodies are home to a diverse neighborhood of microorganisms that perform beneficially to maintain our health and keep other forms of harmful microorganisms away. However, when something in or on our body changes, such as becoming stressed, reaching puberty, or you experience extreme climate changes, the population of our ‘friendly community’ can explode and we become vulnerable to illness, gastrointestinal upsets, or develop acne or rosacea.
The two species of these face mites are D. folliculorem and demodex brevis and are found primarily on your cheeks, nose, forehead, eyebrows, and eyelashes. There is an increased interest with researchers regarding demodex as a cause of rosacea; so much so that Soolantra with Ivermectin is formulated specifically to kill the mites believed to be in your hair follicles and oil glands. There are several tests that may be performed before your doctor recommends using Soolantra as demodex may not be the culprit.
Advise your doctor of other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC and Rx drugs you take, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined of Soolantra is right for you. The risk is low that Soolantra will cause any interactions with your current meds as it is not absorbed into your bloodstream.
Be careful not to get Soolantra in your eyes, nose, or mouth during applications. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before and especially after applying Soolantra. If you want to wear any facial make-up, wait until Soolantra has been fully absorbed before doing so. Keep all medications out of children’s reach and never share with anyone else.