Rhofade has achieved some publicity through an award from Allure, the well known beauty magazine brand. The award is called the Allure Beauty Breakthrough Award and was given for `making great strides in educating media and consumers about ongoing facial redness due to rosacea’.
Rhofade seems to be generally liked by rosacea sufferers – see Rhofade User Reviews for more information.
More than 14 million — million — Americans have rosacea, the skin condition marked by chronic flushing and acne-like bumps. So you’d think we’d know how to treat it by now, but nope — not that easy.
There are plenty of options to help calm inflammation, but they don’t address the other cause of the redness: dilated blood vessels under the skin, says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, a dermatologist in Miami. And any prescription cream that can constrict those vessels comes with an asterisk: “After a few days of use, the flush can return, sometimes stronger than before,” says Woolery-Lloyd.
That makes Rhofade cream, 1%, the first cream to treat the flushing, full stop. The prescription formula tightens only specific blood vessels near the surface of the skin, so there’s very little risk of worsening the problem; other prescription creams can backfire and dilate blood vessels, making redness more pronounced.
Rhofade’s active ingredient, oxymetazoline hydrochloride, is the same drug found in Afrin, but in a prescription-strength concentration and combined with oils that help it penetrate the skin (a much trickier feat than getting through nasal membranes).
According to two company-sponsored clinical trials that tested thousands of patients, after 29 days of regular use, Rhofade erases redness minutes after application for up to 12 hours.
When tested daily on 440 subjects for a full year, less than 2 percent of patients saw their flushing come back; with past prescription rosacea treatments, that number was between 10 and 20 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. And these aren’t just impressive numbers. They’re life-changing ones. “The flushing can be embarrassing and traumatic,” says Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City.