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 far it seems that many more people are having bad rebound reactions to Mirvaso, compared to the clinical trials.
Well one way that we might get an idea of how Mirvaso is being received is if we can collect reports from people who suffer from redness and try it and give us all some feedback.
Please do leave a comment if you have tried it and have an opinion.
How Well Does Mirvaso Work?
Well your response to Mirvaso is likely to fall into 1 of 4 camps;
- For starters, there is going to be a group of rosacea sufferers who won’t be able to use Mirvaso at all because of another condition that is incompatible with Brimonidine.
- Some users will get a flush reaction that will probably mean that they will stop using Mirvaso.
- Next, there will be a group of rosacea sufferers who get a mild to moderate reaction but will choose to continue to use Mirvaso.
- Finally, and hopefully in the majority, will be a group of Mirvaso users who see a good relief in their red face.
Not as impressed as I hoped to be, but only on my 4th day.
I haven’t seen any rebound, but it does wear off. I use it once a day after my shower.
At first, it gets a bit redder looking but a couple hours later it blanches out..rather like pushing your finger hard on something until the pink turns white…it looks tons better!! the less red side almost looks normal on it.
I tried my Mirvaso today for the first time. I applied about 45 minutes ago. The good news is that I have not reacted badly thus far. I am so used to applying a topical and immediately getting red and flushy, so that is a big plus for me.
The area on which I applied the cream has definitely paled. Surprisingly, this does not necessarily make me look better.
The good news is that I have used it for three days now and have seen no ill effects. That is huge for me, as I usually react to everything! I can’t use Metrogel, Finacea, Promiseb, Xylogel, etc, without reacting with redness or flushing.
The Mirvaso definitely helps with diffuse redness, and I think a lot of people will have great results. Under my redness, I have visible vessels, which I was hoping would not be visible with Mirvaso. But for me, they are still visible, and no longer hidden by the redness of my overall rosacea. Honestly, had I never had laser treatment and Veinwave, which made these veins more visible, I think I’d have much better results.
I do feel, however, that applying Mirvaso takes down my rosacea, in general, a degree or two. My face feels calmer and less reactive so far. I am at work today, which will be a good test. I usually flush on a daily basis at work at around 6/7 pm. I’m not sure why, but it is probably anxiety trying to finish my deadlines and get out of the office. I’ll see if that happens today.
Okay I finally picked up Mirvaso from the pharmacy. Using the savings card, I only had to pay $50 for the 30mg tube, and I don’t have a great insurance, so most folks will probably get a pretty good deal on it. I applied it in the parking lot in one spot, ran some errands, and came home, and its now been about 40 minutes. I did about a quarter sized area, and the redness has subsided a bit, but nothing to write home about. I don’t know if it starts to work more after 30 minutes, I assumed that at 30 minutes it was working at maximum ability, but I will post more updates later. It is very easy to apply, spreads very easily (it’s a clear cream, kind of like vaseline), and doesn’t feel drying or anything like that. So the redness is reduced after about 40 minutes, not nearly as much as I’d hoped, but I will update later.
So I got it – about a week ago – used it 4 days – looked great at first, then seemed to have some breakthrough redness before the 12 hours were up. Thought I would stop using it for a few days as I thought I might be developing tolerance to it. The day after I discontinued it my face has been flushed more than before I used it. So rebound redness seems to be potential problem – It certainly has been for me.
Early Review: I tried it on the entire face. I took about 45min-1hr to kick in.
- The forehead results seem to be pretty decent.
- Cheeks were blotchy. Some spots were too pale, which increased contrast from the redder areas.
I think my cheeks looks worse with Mirvaso because it was just too blotchy. Some areas are too pale and unnatural looking. Have you ever heard someone say you look like you’ve seen a ghost? Well, it sort of looks like that. The forehead seemed to give a better cosmetic result. Perhaps with some experimentation one could get it look better. I will try some different approaches and see what happens.
Overall, I think with enough experimentation (and fingers crossed there is no rebound flushing), this could be a useful medication. But I think it will be tricky to really good natural looking results (at least for me). Its a little “black and white” or should I say “red and white”. Maybe if I were to dilute it a little and just go for a toning down of redness, it would be better.
This is my third day using Mirvaso and my first day to apply it in the morning instead of the afternoon. Today isn’t the greatest test because I also used little makeup since I was going to be with other people all morning and am a chicken. Interestingly enough I haven’t seen the same degree of effectiveness the past two days, but I believe that’s either because I am using less than the first time or because I have started mixing it with Cerave lotion to help it spread more easily. That being said, my redness has mostly disappeared by 45 minutes after application, I just don’t look freakishly pale. The one thing that bothers me is that at around 5-6 hours I start to see some pink/red coming back. All three days the redness first appears in my t-zone. I think it might have something to do with my skin becoming oily?
Test Patch Review:
Well Mirvaso definitely works (at least it did for me). I first applied it just to a section on my nose and it turned it completely pale in that area (took about 20 minutes for the effect). There was no stinging and it applies smoothly (no scent really either) the texture reminds me a bit of cetaphil moisturizer or Cerave PM.. Very thin and easy to absorb. Now after the first application and as others described, it almost looked like an obvious pale spot with surrounding pinkness, but after taking a tiny bit more, working it through the finger tips and lightly applying to the rest of my nose while trying to fade it lightly into my cheeks, it smoothed out and gave a natural pale complexion to my nose. Im pretty impressed with how good it actually works.
I used 3 pea-sized blobs for whole face, at 2pm on the day I got the script ($50 w/coupon). I am a flusher, with many, many triggers, including ‘being alive’ and ‘breathing’. Deepest flushing is on nose and cheeks, but rest of face, neck and chest also flush. I always have some redness. Observations:
- I was white like a vampire for approximately 14-15 hrs. Not even red wine and pasta made the treated areas flush.
- this is not as good a look as I imagined it would be. Also, it highlighted the neck and chest flushing I have.
- some normal flushing started coming back on face and cheeks around 8am the next day.
- extreme, weird rebound flushing on cheeks starting by 9 am. Deep, blotchy flush, very hot and uncomfortable.
I have used mirvaso for the past three nights and the results are amazing!!!!!!! The redness/burning/swelling is totally gone! I do look pale in comparison to my normally flush appearance but i couldnt be happier with the results. I’m going to not use it for a few days and see what happens. Has anyone else had the same results as I have?
Got it today. Left the Drs office, washed face, applied. 20 minutes later I walk in the house and my wife tells me I look pale. Not pale, I tell her. This is my correct color and that she should try it as well.
I just tried mirvaso and I cannot believe the difference it made with the redness/telangiectasias!!!!! I’ve tried every cream(finacea, metrolotion, oracea etc).
Hi All – got a sample of Mirvaso yesterday from my Dr. I used it for the first time this morning after my shower. Didn’t really think much about it (had little faith to be honest) until I went to the restroom at my office. Looked in the mirror and was very impressed! It usually takes a long time for my skin to “settle down” after a shower etc – but my redness was VERY improved! I still can’t believe the results. So far I’m a fan. We’ll see how it goes. Good luck!
Using Mirvaso for 3 weeks. My derm recommended it at my appointment last month. I hadn’t heard of it before. But my derm is fairly on top of new treatments, and she said she’s had positive reports from her other patients since it came out in September.
Maybe that will change the longer I use it, but right now it’s positive for 3 weeks and counting.
I have been using Mirvaso for 3 weeks without any rebound flushing. Of course it all could change at some point, but so far it has worked for me.
Please Leave a Comment
If you have tried Mirvaso, please leave us a comment below so that we can all get to see how well it is going as a treatment – thanks!
There is a growing body of reports of bad flushing reactions to Mirvaso. It isn’t yet clear why this is; that it appears that users are having bad reactions to Mirvaso a higher rate than was seen in the Phase 3 long term trials. Take care and work with your doctor if you think you might be worse off after using Mirvaso.
So please do let us know in the comments below whether you stick with Mirvaso or have to stop using it.