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Skinceuticals Redness Neutralizer can help a red face

First hinted at 2 years ago at the 2012 AAD meeting in San Diego, a new topical from Skinceuticals is now available and is starting to accumulate some modest research suggesting that it is good for a red face. This paper published in the JDD suggests that using Skinceuticals Redness Neutralizer along with the regular […]

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Mirvaso may cost £34 a tube in the UK

Following hot on the heels of the announcement that Mirvaso has been approved across Europe is an update to the UK’s NHS New Drugs website. The Mirvaso page has hinted that the cost of Mirvaso in the UK, when it launches next month, may be as low as £34  a tube. Further, a tube is […]

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Ivermectin Cream works really well, but Nobody Knows Why!

The clinical trial data for Galderma’s upcoming 1% Ivermectin Cream product (known during development as CD5024) is looking quite good. The data is showing that Ivermectin Cream is able to effectively reduce the papules and pustules of rosacea. There may even be some hints that it has a lower adverse reaction rate compared to its […]

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Mirvaso Rebound and Stinging Documented in JAAD

The occurrence of significant rebound redness and stinging after using Mirvaso is beginning to surface more and more in the public eye. This recent letter to the editor in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology describes 3 cases of severe reaction to Mirvaso. Patient 1 had “in all areas where the medication had […]

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths, no rinsing needed

I feel like a bit of a Galderma PR machine at the moment, but Galderma do seem to be doing a lot. Maybe this product is yet another step in Galderma’s quest  to own the Rosacea Market. So coming soon is a moist cloth version of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Have you ever wished that […]

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Mirvaso launches promotional rediswrong.com web site

Galderma is ramping up its promotion of Mirvaso with the launch of a web site to promote the idea that a red face is just wrong. The site is a funnel page, attempting to direct you over to mirvaso.com. This type of web site is known as a `direct to consumer symptom awareness campaign’ – […]

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Mirvaso

Mirvaso may cost £34 a tube in the UK

Following hot on the heels of the announcement that Mirvaso has been approved across Europe is an update to the UK’s NHS New Drugs website. The Mirvaso page has hinted that the cost of Mirvaso in the UK, when it launches next month, may be as low as £34  a tube. Further, a tube is […]

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Mirvaso Rebound and Stinging Documented in JAAD

The occurrence of significant rebound redness and stinging after using Mirvaso is beginning to surface more and more in the public eye. This recent letter to the editor in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology describes 3 cases of severe reaction to Mirvaso. Patient 1 had “in all areas where the medication had […]

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Mirvaso launches promotional rediswrong.com web site

Galderma is ramping up its promotion of Mirvaso with the launch of a web site to promote the idea that a red face is just wrong. The site is a funnel page, attempting to direct you over to mirvaso.com. This type of web site is known as a `direct to consumer symptom awareness campaign’ – […]

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Mirvaso has been approved across Europe

News today that Mirvaso has gained approval  or Marketing Authorisation as they call it, by the European Commission. This means that Mirvaso is approved for sale and will soon be available across the European Community, at the will and availability of Galderma. So Mirvaso is now approved for sale in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, […]

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Demodex Mites

Topical Ivermectin 0.5% being trialled for Demodicidosis and rosacea papules

A just listed clinical trial shows a continuing interest in the usage of Topical Ivermectin for rosacea like syptoms. This trial will see how well Ivermectin can treat Demodicidosis and the associated symptoms of redness, dryness, itch, roughness and scaling. What is Demodicidosis? Demodicidosis is a condition where there is an infestation of demodex mites. […]

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Demodex Bacteria and Low Sebum in PPR Sufferers

One more baby step in the quest to describe what role demodex mites might or might not play in how rosacea progresses as disease. This latest paper tells us that in those rosacea sufferers who have a reaction to 2 proteins isolated from demodex related bacteria, you will also likely find low levels of sebum. […]

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A Papule is a Gravestone for a Dead Demodex!

One of the foremost rosacea researchers, Dr. Frank Powell drops a wonderful bombshell in a recent DermatologyTimes piece. Research suggests rosacea subtypes may be different conditions … here could be breach of the follicular wall. Initially, the mites are tolerated, possibly by innate or induced immune tolerance (Forton FM. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2012;26(1):19-28),” […]

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New Demodex Treatment: MooGoo Demodectic Rosacea Powder

Came across an interesting looking new product from MooGoo – Demodectic Rosacea Powder, that appears to be available to order. The product is an innovative approach to try to eliminate demodex mites by making the surface of the skin an environment where the mites cannot survive. If this demodex-hostile environment can indeed be achieved whilst […]

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Oracea

Step backwards for Generic Oracea. Invalid patents are back

For those following the saga of the possible availability of Generic Oracea in the future, another twist today. Two of the patents that were previously ruled invalid and thus unable to protect Galderma’s product, have now been ruled no longer invalid. This legal ruling will no doubt embolden Galderma that their profitable product Oracea can […]

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Generic Oracea one step closer, Lupin gets Tentative FDA Approval

News today that Lupin has been granted tentative approval by the FDA to product a generic version of Oracea. We learn in 2010 that Lupin had filed an abbreviated new drug application to make generic Oracea. Lupin Pharmaceuticals, based in Mumbai India,  is a company specialising in the production of generic medicines. It has been […]

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Indian Pharma may allow Generic Oracea

There is always a lot going on in the world of BigPharma. A recent court case in India suggests that the Indian Government will allow local manufacturers to produce generic versions of in-patent drugs that are simple derivatives of existing drugs. India’s law restricts pharmaceutical companies from obtaining new patents for small modifications to existing […]

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Oracea launches as Apprilon in Canada

A press release today from Galderma confirms that they will be marketing the product known in the US as Oracea under the name Apprilon in Canada. All of the same precautions and prescription details for Apprilon are the same as for Oracea, i.e. it is the exact same modified-release capsule, 40 mg doxycycline. First of […]

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Natural Treatments

Topical Kanuka Honey as a Rosacea Treatment

A research letter published recently in Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies has detailed some very early investigations into whether topical kanuka honey might be suitable as a treatment for rosacea. The trial of topical kaunka honey was conducted on 10 patients who attend a doctor’s surgery in  Tauranga, New Zealand. Patients applied medical-grade kanuka honey […]

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Alternative Rosacea Therapies – What Botanicals Work?

Why do rosacea sufferers want alternative or natural therapies? Despite the availability of several types of topical, systemic and laser therapies, and many years of research into rosacea, why is there so much ongoing interest in alternative and natural therapies ? The writers of this 2011 paper think that this is a good question, and […]

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New Demodex Treatment: MooGoo Demodectic Rosacea Powder

Came across an interesting looking new product from MooGoo – Demodectic Rosacea Powder, that appears to be available to order. The product is an innovative approach to try to eliminate demodex mites by making the surface of the skin an environment where the mites cannot survive. If this demodex-hostile environment can indeed be achieved whilst […]

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Milk Thistle (Silibinin) Protects Against Skin Cancer

Whilst not exactly new news, some research is confirming that an extract found in Milk Thistle, Silibinin will kill skin cells that have been affected by UVA radiation and also protect against UVB radiation. Rosacea sufferers might know of Silibinin as an active component of Silymarin. Silymarin is an ingredient in the modest rosacea treatment […]

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Metrogel

The National Rosacea Society is 20 Years Old

A recent blog posting from the NRS has mentioned that this month the National Rosacea Society is 20 years old. NRS Celebrates 20 Years Thursday, September 6, 2012 The National Rosacea Society (NRS) marks its 20th anniversary in 2012, and is pleased to report on the vast ongoing progress that has been made toward fulfilling […]

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Acne seems to have a lot of available treatments. Certainly compared to rosacea, acne has a bigger array of possible treatments that have been proven to be viable treatments. One of the interesting things about rosacea is that even though it can look like acne for some, generally it cannot be treated by otherwise helpful […]

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Novartis Must Drop Fougera’s Generic Metrogel

In May this year we learnt that Novartis would be buying Fougera Pharmaceuticals . One of the products that would come over to Novartis through this deal would be generic metronidazole. Today the FTC has approved the $1.5b deal, but has ruled that Novartis must relinquish Fougera’s rights to manufacturer generic metronidazole, and leave the […]

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OK the title is a bit of a stretch as currently there is no such product as Metrofoam, but keep reading to see where I’m coming from. Last year a patent surfaced, owned by Galderma, claiming rights to a “stable, metronidazole-based oil-in-water emulsion expandable into a topically applicable foam having a firm, creamy and light […]

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Fact Sheets

AARS, The Best Rosacea Topicals

The American Acne & Rosacea Society have published another paper in their series looking at the state of the art in rosacea treatments. This part is dedicated to rosacea topicals, and how to use them to manage rosacea symptoms. The paper is described as reviewing “topical agents approved by the US Food and Drug Administration […]

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Syndets and Lipid Free Cleansers, What Are They? Do They Work?

You may have come across the term Syndet or `Lipid Free Cleanser’ when researching mild cleansers. What are they, and am I missing something by not having them in my daily regime? What is a Syndet? Well the term means `Synthetic Detergent’ and is an attempt to create a cleanser that is suitable for the […]

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Rosacea Subtypes, How are they related?

So we all know the official rosacea subtypes right  ? Erythematotelangiectatic, Papulopustular, Phymatous and Ocular rosacea (Lets ignore neurogenic rosacea for now). Well, are these 4 sub types related, and in what way? Will rosacea progress in severity and can your rosacea proceed between subtypes? If we are in a question asking mood, then why […]

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How much do Rosacea Prescriptions Really Cost?

You don’t have to read the online rosacea forums for very long to see the outrage at how much rosacea sufferers, especially in the US, pay for Rosacea Prescriptions. If you want to try Metrogel 1%, Oracea or Finacea what might you expect to pay? The answer is actually not straight forward. A lot will […]

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User Reviews

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths, no rinsing needed

I feel like a bit of a Galderma PR machine at the moment, but Galderma do seem to be doing a lot. Maybe this product is yet another step in Galderma’s quest  to own the Rosacea Market. So coming soon is a moist cloth version of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Have you ever wished that […]

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Mirvaso User Reviews

Mirvaso is so new that only a few rosacea sufferers have been able to try it. What are your chances of having a bad reaction ? How are users in the real world faring, and will the general population see the same level of benefits as the large number of Phase III trialists ? So […]

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Do  BB Creams (Blemish Balm) Work for Rosacea?

What is a BB Cream? Perhaps better known to the Asian beauty market, Blemish Balm (BB) Creams are somewhat similar to a tinted moisturiser, perhaps also including some sun protection. Some formulations, especially so in Asian markets may additionally contain skin whitening agents. I’m sure all rosacea sufferers would like to think that there is […]

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Rosaliac AR Intense from La Roche-Posay

In 2010 La Roche Posay  took the opportunity of the rosacea awareness month and their support of the National Rosacea Society to promote their product – Rosaliac UV Fortifying Anti-Redness Moisturizer with SPF 15. This year La Roche Posay are again using the Rosacea Awareness Month to promote a new product, this time with a […]

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Moisturizers

NeoStrata Facial Cleanser and Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream

Rosacea sufferers are always on the lookup for suitable cleansers and moisturizers. One of the pearls in finding relief from rosacea symptoms is that finding a supporting and gentle cleansing and moisturizing (and protective) regime is important. A recent paper by Dr. Patricia Farris, Skin Care Based on Science: Improving Outcomes in Rosacea, tells us […]

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Bionect improves Rosacea Symptoms

A recent paper in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology suggests that Bionect may be helpful for the symptoms of rosacea. The study found that after 4 weeks the burning or stinging and dryness of rosacea was much improved, while papules and redness were also improved. What is Bionect? Bionect is a prescription only cream, […]

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The American Academy of Dermatology has published some face-washing tips. Washing your face may seem like such a simple activity that highlighting it may feel unnecessary. For rosacea sufferers though, we know that a gentle skin care regime is important. Starting your rosacea-beating regime with an irritating cleanse is simply going to make your skin […]

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Do  BB Creams (Blemish Balm) Work for Rosacea?

What is a BB Cream? Perhaps better known to the Asian beauty market, Blemish Balm (BB) Creams are somewhat similar to a tinted moisturiser, perhaps also including some sun protection. Some formulations, especially so in Asian markets may additionally contain skin whitening agents. I’m sure all rosacea sufferers would like to think that there is […]

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Cleansers

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths, no rinsing needed

I feel like a bit of a Galderma PR machine at the moment, but Galderma do seem to be doing a lot. Maybe this product is yet another step in Galderma’s quest  to own the Rosacea Market. So coming soon is a moist cloth version of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Have you ever wished that […]

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NeoStrata Facial Cleanser and Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream

Rosacea sufferers are always on the lookup for suitable cleansers and moisturizers. One of the pearls in finding relief from rosacea symptoms is that finding a supporting and gentle cleansing and moisturizing (and protective) regime is important. A recent paper by Dr. Patricia Farris, Skin Care Based on Science: Improving Outcomes in Rosacea, tells us […]

Continue Reading

Syndets and Lipid Free Cleansers, What Are They? Do They Work?

You may have come across the term Syndet or `Lipid Free Cleanser’ when researching mild cleansers. What are they, and am I missing something by not having them in my daily regime? What is a Syndet? Well the term means `Synthetic Detergent’ and is an attempt to create a cleanser that is suitable for the […]

Continue Reading

The American Academy of Dermatology has published some face-washing tips. Washing your face may seem like such a simple activity that highlighting it may feel unnecessary. For rosacea sufferers though, we know that a gentle skin care regime is important. Starting your rosacea-beating regime with an irritating cleanse is simply going to make your skin […]

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New Treatments

Afrin (Oxymetazoline) Safe Off Label Drug for a Red Face

This paper from Hospital Pharmacy is giving a guarded approval for the use of Oxymetazoline topically for the redness of rosacea. Even though the FDA has not approved Oxymetazoline as a topical skin treatment, it is approved as a nasal decongestant. Doctors are able to prescribe drugs for off-label use, that is once a drug […]

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Mirvaso European Availability by March 2014

A Medscape article today announces that Mirvaso has been granted human approval and should be approved for sale across Europe by March 2014. The initial authorisation to market Mirvaso has been granted and are normally issued 67 days from the adoption of the `Summary of opinion’ Mirvaso Gains CHMP Support for Rosacea Erythema Treatment Miriam […]

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Anatabloc Cream helps moderate rosacea

We first heard about Anatabloc Cream (Antabine) a year ago when Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals listed a clinical trial to assess the safety and effects of Anatabine in the appearance of rosacea symptoms. Now the clinical trial results have been written up in an article in Case Reports in Dermatology. The results are modest, but encouraging […]

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DRM02 (topical kinase inhibitor) for lesions of Rosacea

A new topical, being called DRM02 has been listed at ClinicalTrials as being investigated as safe and effective for the lesions of rosacea. ClinicalTrials is one way that rosacea sufferers find out about new potential treatments that are undergoing early clinical trials. What is DRM02? I know that each time I see a new trial […]

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