Rosacea means four things: red flakes, broken blood vessels, red bumps and thick tissue. Not the best of the skin conditions out there and even worse, there’s hardly been any new treatments in the past decade! That is, until the FDA recently approved the Ivermectin 1% cream for rosacea in December.
Now, don’t freak out when I tell you that Ivermectin has been around for quite some time, but has only been used to treat scabies. While people generally view scabies quite negatively, using a cream associated with it is nothing to be embarrassed about. It has been identified to positively impact rosacea symptoms, especially with more severe cases. In two studies of nearly 1,400 subjects, the ivermectin 1% group achieved “clear or “almost clear” at rates of 38.4% and 40.1%!
Keep in mind that while scabies are linked to mites, you don’t have worry that you have mites too! It just means that there might be one specific mite in skin affected by rosacea, which is extremely common – whether you have rosacea or not. The specific mite may just be a trigger for rosacea, but they are very different mites from those associated with scabies.
Ivermectin has helped calm bumps and possibly calm redness, but unfortunately don’t count on it as a winning solution. The company is developing the formula specifically for rosacea though, so it’s certainly worth a try.
In the meantime, here are my personal tips and recommendations – first of all, sunscreen is the most important thing to help rosacea. Don’t leave home without it! Second, most people don’t understand that if you do have a good prescription moisturizer, you can try it in combination with a zinc moisturizer. If your skin is doing fine after a few months, eventually you can come off your prescription and switch to the zinc one full time to control your rosacea!
If you’re looking for the right one, Likewise Moisturizing Defense is specially formulated with zinc and calms redness caused by rosacea. Here’s hoping that our products and Ivermectin can help usher in more innovative solutions!
Source: Gold LS et al. Efficacy and safety of ivermectin 1% cream in treatment of papulopustular rosacea: Results of two randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled pivotal studies. J Drugs Dermatol 2014 Mar 1; 13:316.