Soolantra Cream is based on Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

In the media materials released when Soolantra was announced, Galderma told us that Soolantra is based on their Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.

Soolantra Media Release

Soolantra (ivermectin) Cream, 1% is a new, antibiotic-free, prescription topical treatment for the bumps and pimples of rosacea.

Soolantra Cream may provide visible results as early as week two.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is the basis for Soolantra Cream and its fragrance-free mild, non-irritating formula avoids common rosacea irritants.

This seems to be a nice tie in with the Cetaphil range of products and shows how Galderma is pursuing their goal of owning the market for rosacea treatments.

If you have been able to tolerate Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream then you might also be able to use Soolantra.

Soolantra Ingredients

Here are the list of ingredients of Soolantra from the Soolantra Prescribing Information ;

  • Ivermectin 10mg in 1g.
  • Carbomer Copolymer Type B (Allyl Pentaerythritol Crosslinked)
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Citric Acid Monohydrate
  • Dimethicone
  • Edetate Disodium
  • Glycerin
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Methylparaben
  • Oleyl Alcohol
  • Phenoxyethanol Polyoxyl 20 Cetostearyl Ether
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Propylparaben
  • Water
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sorbitan Monostearate
  • Stearyl Alcohol

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Petrolatum,
  • Glyceryl Polymethacrylate,
  • Dicaprylyl Ether,
  • Glycerin,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,
  • PEG-30 Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate,
  • Benzyl Alcohol,
  • Phenoxyethanol,
  • Sodium Hydroxide,
  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,
  • Dimethiconol,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Propylene Glycol.

Will You Try It?

Do you like Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream ? Have you tried it ? See Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream User Reviews for more information.

Update: Soolantra is a winner

Since this post was created, Soolantra has been released and in the several years since has garnered quite a good body of positive reviews. Have a read of the Soolantra User Reviews for many comments from users.

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10 Reader Comments

  1. henry gaughan says:

    soolantra ,is on sale yet?

  2. henry gaughan says:

    sorry should read is it on sale yet

  3. Evie Fishkin says:

    I asked my derm to prescribe it for me. I had to wait two weeks for insurance approval. I’ use it every few days. It does irritate my skin so I can only leave it on an hour or so. Soolantra seems to be working although I still have a spot or two…smaller.
    Proacea , sulfur works well. Ttree oil w/laventor is effective. My skin is much better using soolantra, Procea, T-tree oil w/lanvender.
    Sun or spicy foods do not bother me.

    • Anne says:

      I have just started using Soolantra every evening and have noticed an improvement in a week. I was wondering now what moisturiser to apply during the day?

  4. Joan says:

    I’ve been using Soolantra for 3 weeks now after my shower and noticed an improvement within 10 days. The blotchy angry redness has greatly reduced and the small red spots have gone. I tried Mirvaso to no effect – in fact it aggravated my condition!

    I don’t think the rosacea will ever completely go but this creme, used sparingly (it’s over $60 a tube) works for me so far.
    PS: Anne, Cetaphil moisturiser works well for me – very mild but effective and non greasy.

  5. Stevie says:

    Is Soolantra comedogenic? I’ve been using a Metronidazole cream for a while and the pimples on my nose are worsting not getting better. Perhaps the gel type is better

    I wonder if I have acne rather than rosacea (or both?) and therefore the cream is exacerbating this. I’ve tried the Cetaphil moisturisers and they seem to zit me up too. Any non-comedogenic, gel-based moisturisers you recommend?

    I know you cannot diagnose my condition, but I live in an Asian country in which the derms are by-the-(local)book, are mostly blind to the patient’s mental state or questions (they are the DOCTORS, not you!), and have usually never even heard of the condition.

    Therefore, what do you think?

    I’m 45, Caucasian, have a history of acne (rosacea?) since my teens (two courses of roaccutane then, and kids nicking naming me ‘Rudolph’ for my red nose.) Dalacin T solution (clindamycin) kept things in check throughout my 20s, then BAM, whiteheads and pimples galore around the central area of face when I hit my 30s. Tried BluLite to some success, but things are getting worse again.
    I only have spots on my nose and occasionally surrounding area and on chin (at the corners of my mouth). My nose and surrounding skin is definitely red, but not terrible (yet). I never get blackheads (and never have since my teens), just small, pin-head sized yellow pimples that can come up from nothing within a matter of hours, or red bumps that usually pimple up after a day or two.


    • Lynne Levin says:

      Metrogel or metronidazole did not help my breakouts. Within two days of using Soolantra at night my skin was clear. I use Cerave pm moisturizer over it. I use Estée Lauder daywear oil free matte in the morning and supergoop sunblock when needed. Hope this is helpful.
      PS Soolantra very hard to get in the us now. $650/tube. It’s worth it.

  6. 2befearless says:

    I have demodex (I must have an immune system malfunction. Some bloodwork I had recently did indicate immune-compromise, so it is kinda confirmed. ) and was drawn here by “how to kill demodex mites.” It’s my new occupation. Studying what is in the products and seeing where to get those ingredients; what products have them besides the $600 special Australian kit, or the stuff you have to order and wait for it to come for several weeks from Ukraine not knowing if it will work. (If you want to skip the explanation, there’s a list of common foods and items that kill demodex, from experience of myself and others.)

    What I am seeing a lot of is this: Frequently seen products for flaking and itching, redness and acne are hosting a lot of the ingredients that kill these mites. This is exactly what caused me to order Cetaphil shower wash. Thanks for the scoop on the lotion! I hadn’t looked at it. Clearly something that needs to be tried, in my [suuuuch an] arsenal. I’m so excited to try cardamom oil, I have some of that! This is the first I have heard of it.

    So, my theory is that many many many many products are already stealthily treating demodex, because demodex “is at the seat of such a wide variety of skin ailments” according to statements at the beginning of research articles. I can believe that, when I see the ingredients in stuff. T-gel shampoo with benzoic acid and benzyl benzoate T/Sal with Salicylic Acid, to name just 2. Benzyl- anything; sodium [stuff] sodium lauryl succolfinate or sulfate; various acids [lower pH value]; various alcohols; some kind of polymer type ingredient to assist in getting the ingredients deeply into pores; some kind of ingredient which assists in exfoliation, removing plaques so the oils don’t get trapped inside the pores [and hide and protect the apartment complexes]; B-vitamins and other nourishment for skin wellness to get the skin back on track; other things like Limonene and linolool just for starters are compounds in citrus and in flowers and herbs. Those are volitiles that disrupt .. um.. mite ‘guests’. Limonene is in ORANGE and LEMON cleaners, for a reason. It’s also in personal care products for a reason. Okay, but be careful about your ingredients, especially if they make your skin more sensitive. Skin sensitivity is a step in the process of making your skin more adapted to housing the mites. Don’t be harsh; it works directly against you getting better skin.

    So, #1 protect the microbiome. Take care of your skin. Do your homework finding out the correct ingredients that thoroughly cleanse, and sooth and moisturize without feeding the local wildlife. Now I finally understand why you aren’t supposed to pop zits. What you can do to help your skin express it’s contents is to stroke/ tug it. You kind of need to work at getting an angle for some specific crevices, etc. As you go across the pores a few times if there is stuff that is ready to come out it will come out. If not, then leave it. Your skin will stay healthier and stronger, and you won’t be assisting the inflammation break down that makes it easier for the skin mites to get nourished.

    This might mean eating right…. getting those pro~biotics AND pre~biotics. It does, actually.
    FIND OUT what that means, and your life will change for the better in every way. You can probably forget about your skin, because with your immune system on track you won’t have these problems. THAT’S what they mean by you-are-what-you-eat. Your just ARE. You CAN’T make pineapple upside-down cake with liver and onions. Just can’t.

    Also, take care to notice how you feel after eating. energized and ready for anything? enthusiastic? authentic? awkward, grumpy and spasmodic? lethargic or tired? sad or lonely? and start cancelling foods that don’t make you feel well. If your tolerance is poor for gluten or lycopene it may affect the health of your skin adversely. IE Baby Shanghai Bok Choy makes me feed infallible and joyous. Most leafy greens do too. I’m backing off on gluten, right now to see how that feels.

    Having demodicosis to the point of ‘symptoms’ is uncomfortable, inconvenient, amazingly interruptive, annoying, embarrassing, and creepy. Did I say gross? because, I probably also think its gross. People [women, it seems, mostly] are hell-bent on getting the word out about what they have FINALLY come across that’s helping them after years of struggle. So, if you look… you will find. Amazing, the amount I have learned for the reviews for products, and the way I have learned to decode them… itching, redness, pustules, flaking, going on for years, nothing works… [ahh! Rosacea. Demodex. That may apply.]

    Products for everything from lice to scabies and fleas all work to a degree, but you can’t for example have your entire being slathered to the bottoms of your feet in something that resembles conditioner for days on end. As soon as the volitiles dry, you have to reapply, etc. There is apparently NO broad protocol in our country [other than denial/ ignorance] for demodex that is more than your eyelids, let alone head to toe.

    I came upon this Rosacea-support site looking for a simple recipe to make “tea” with mustard powder to add to skin care products and leave on, because its a thing which a few women are swearing by as the only thing that has worked for them. And I will share what I have learned.

    There are a broad range of acne and dandruff products that will help keep things under control as long as they are not off the charts, like this is. It’s a gradual reduction, and you are reading about that in the trial discussed above. It looks like cetaphil might be one of them. So might Aveeno. Their entire line is build on oatmeal. Oatmeal??? Yes, Avena sativa.

    When it’s off the charts, though, that’s when you want it under control NOW. So any and everything that works becomes important. Here are some ideas. Totally random how I know about them. Teas consist of the water after you process an herb or food in it usually in a tea mesh strainer or muslin bag, and its the water you use, because the foods would stick in your hair, or burn too much on your skin. You can also take a bath in these, depending on your situation. Get a recipe. Remember this is for demodex scalp and body wide. You translate it to your own situation.

    On the skin: Mustard ‘tea’ [which is powdered mustard, and I think it soaks in cold water for about 10 minutes, and the water is what you use, mixed into your lotion and shampoo or body wash. Try a tiny amount first; don’t mix it too strong and beware, remove it immediately with soap and water if it starts to feel ‘warming’ because it will go to hot and then sting]. Oatmeal ‘tea’; baking soda in water, borax or boric acid in water [a specialized version especially for dust mites, too], apple cider vinegar, lime sulfur dip mixed for a pet bath [rub these on with cotton or fingertips and let it dry, saturate hair with it]. Peroxide agents, germ killing agents like hypochlorous acid = electrolyzed water with lower pH, and deep cleaning agents that don’t also dry out or irritate your skin ~ demodex need that disgusting bacteria to digest just like we do. So, clean pores are your friend.

    Oddly, a lot of different foods did the trick, too: cheese, chocolate, the spicy sauces on my Indian foods, mushrooms, regular commercial peanut butter, butter, I think, too. I just happened to have it in my hands so I tried a little, briefly,… and then washed it off with oil-free soap and water. Some more vegetables probably, but I don’t recall which ones. Sometimes just chopping food, or cutting a plant or flower will leave the plant water, or oils on my fingers, and then I know. Relief. The way I can tell is that has something changed in terms of irritation, itching or discomfort [ETC!], or else the pores kind of emptied after a few minutes on their own or felt like they needed to be rubbed, and I then had to clean the pore junk off the skin. I figure that diminishes what is jammed up in my pores, and so takes me where I want to go. It does seem to be working that way.

    Yes, some of essential oils, and neem, sometimes combined in a balm or with petroleum jelly. or in a mixture involving those items in paragraph 3. We liked clove, geraniol, mint, tea tree, atlas cedar, cinnamon.

    Things to buck up in your diet: include pro and prebiotics, plus ~~ garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, the watery vegetables and fruits, and just being hydrated in general. The trends in beauty care is going towards B vitamins, Vit C, Vit E, Vit A, hyaluronate, probiotics, oil-free…. see? eat your “colors,” and get the same vitamins from the inside. And, PAY ATTENTION to what your body tells you. It knows if something doesn’t feel right, or if it feels exactly right. Figure out what that means for you. Who doesn’t enjoy learning new things about yourself?

    So, try some of these if you want to. Investing in your health by building your skin from the inside, you can’t go wrong at all.

    I hope you find this post useful and encouraging, if not something to think about.

    Best wishes and good luck! ~ K

    • 2befearless says:

      Edit: Just a little cold water with that mustard; like ~equal parts; like a teaspoon and a teaspoon. You can use a few drops of it as is with your products. Yuck. I don’t care for the texture & I don’t shave my head, like the blogger I read, and so straining it is a necessity.

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