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    Just started using Soolantra 3 days ago.
    I've developed 2 more small blotchy red patches of skin along back by my upper cheek and jawline. I've read others experiences with this cream, and some claim it worsens before it improves..
    I don't have P&P's, only stubborn, consistant redness. Due to my Rosacea not responding to anything i eat/drink,no major triggers, surfer related products, and general anti-redness meds, I've began to think the issue may be an allergy to Demodex. Although I am not sure.
    Maybe I'm wasting my time using this cream for redness and its irritating my skin further.

    So please, drop your Soolantra experiences, has anyone experienced anything similar? Also how much is recommended to apply; Ive been applying very conservatively

  • #2
    Originally posted by key69 View Post
    Just started using Soolantra 3 days ago.
    I've developed 2 more small blotchy red patches of skin along back by my upper cheek and jawline. I've read others experiences with this cream, and some claim it worsens before it improves..
    I don't have P&P's, only stubborn, consistant redness. Due to my Rosacea not responding to anything i eat/drink,no major triggers, surfer related products, and general anti-redness meds, I've began to think the issue may be an allergy to Demodex. Although I am not sure.
    Maybe I'm wasting my time using this cream for redness and its irritating my skin further.

    So please, drop your Soolantra experiences, has anyone experienced anything similar? Also how much is recommended to apply; Ive been applying very conservatively
    I was definitely applying it liberally. I tried to apply it in the early evening so that it would catch the mites as they became active.

    It took me over 3 weeks to finally see improvement. I had more general redness than I did P&P before starting soolantra. Within the first week I saw P&Ps increase beyond what was normal for me. I saw 2 spikes in P&Ps within the first three weeks with some scattered in between the spikes.

    I noticed that if I applied a TTO lotion in the morning, it really helped keep the redness in check vs. using soolantra alone. I attribute that to the TTO helping to keep the bacteria from the dead mites in check; something soolantra can't do. I would assume clindamycin or something similar could have the same effect. I was using a 10% mix of TTO. I won't lie, some days it was really difficult to get myself out of the house during those weeks.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sanjuan View Post
      I was definitely applying it liberally. I tried to apply it in the early evening so that it would catch the mites as they became active.

      It took me over 3 weeks to finally see improvement. I had more general redness than I did P&P before starting soolantra. Within the first week I saw P&Ps increase beyond what was normal for me. I saw 2 spikes in P&Ps within the first three weeks with some scattered in between the spikes.

      I noticed that if I applied a TTO lotion in the morning, it really helped keep the redness in check vs. using soolantra alone. I attribute that to the TTO helping to keep the bacteria from the dead mites in check; something soolantra can't do. I would assume clindamycin or something similar could have the same effect. I was using a 10% mix of TTO. I won't lie, some days it was really difficult to get myself out of the house during those weeks.
      But in time did it effect your redness? I'd like to apply it earlier in the day, but since I only use it once, I've been putting on after my nightly shower because i dont want to just wash it off, isn't that an issue for you?

      Also, how do you make you Tea Tree Oil cream? Also, do you apply it right overtop the Soolantra?

      The new areas are still there, and a bit raised ):

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      • #4
        Originally posted by key69 View Post
        But in time did it effect your redness? I'd like to apply it earlier in the day, but since I only use it once, I've been putting on after my nightly shower because i dont want to just wash it off, isn't that an issue for you?

        Also, how do you make you Tea Tree Oil cream? Also, do you apply it right overtop the Soolantra?

        The new areas are still there, and a bit raised ):
        The redness has just started to recede. I have to let some time pass to see if it sticks.

        I have an odd schedule so I try to apply it in the early evening. If I can't, then I just do it when I can.

        I do not put TTO over soolantra. I don't know if they would cancel out or react negatively, and I don't want to find out.

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        • #5
          Update

          Thought I'd document my Soolantra experience, as I will only be trying it for a month too see if any benefits are noted.

          Been using Soolantra for a week and a couple days, no difference in redness. On the downside, the small cluster of bumps I developed are still there, basically the same. I think another is forming though.
          I feel very down at the moment, Im not used to having these types of red bumps that won't go away
          Not sure if its the Soolantra or the progression of my condition... trying to persevere.

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          • #6
            soolantra

            Originally posted by key69 View Post
            Thought I'd document my Soolantra experience, as I will only be trying it for a month too see if any benefits are noted.

            Been using Soolantra for a week and a couple days, no difference in redness. On the downside, the small cluster of bumps I developed are still there, basically the same. I think another is forming though.
            I feel very down at the moment, Im not used to having these types of red bumps that won't go away
            Not sure if its the Soolantra or the progression of my condition... trying to persevere.
            The studies I read were 12 weeks long so hahang in there. Your Doctor should also treat the bacterial infection at the same time. The redness would go away then. I have had luck with Benzoyl Peroxide 10%. Ask a Vet they treat for both when the canine version is at issue.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ted View Post
              The studies I read were 12 weeks long so hahang in there. Your Doctor should also treat the bacterial infection at the same time. The redness would go away then. I have had luck with Benzoyl Peroxide 10%. Ask a Vet they treat for both when the canine version is at issue.
              By treating the bacterial infection, you mean oral antibiotics?

              I'm very hesitant about these, I've heard many complications arise from these. Both doctors have given me prescriptions for them, but I haven't filled them. Oracea would probably be my only compromise. They have only given me doxy and minocyclins, 50mg's.

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              • #8
                Week 2

                Well, so far I have found no positive effects with this cream.

                The 2 spots I developed about a week & a half ago are fading a bit, but another red spot has developed since yesterday in the same area..
                My general redness is about the same... My face never had these persistent red bumps and spots before I started using Soolantra..
                really bothersome.

                At this point im debating continuing usage ):

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                • #9
                  The majority of skin conditions take weeks to heal, and rosacea is no different. My eczema takes up to three months to fully heal. I've been using Soolantra since March 16, and I'm VERY happy with the results I've seen so far. I hope everyone gives the medication enough time to work before they stop using it.

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                  • #10
                    I have a tube of this but have thus far held off on starting after seeing some of the lackluster responses. My bumps are mild, and I don't know if I'm courageous enough to deal with them getting much worse before seeing any improvement. Right now I use La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo once a night, and though I know for most rosaceans BP is a big no-no, it's the only thing that seems to help on a consistent basis (at least in terms of the bumps, it probably makes my redness worse but for me the redness is the lesser of two evils). I'm thinking though that perhaps the BP will help with some of the initial flareups and then hopefully I'd be able to stop using the Effaclar Duo if things go well with Soolantra...


                    Right now I'm on the edge of the diving board, having those scary thoughts that flood your mind right before jumping off...

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                    • #11
                      Well I've officially jumped, here's to hoping I don't land flat on my belly...

                      I applied it this morning and thankfully my face didn't melt off. No itchy skin or flaring, but my skin is usually much calmer and less reactive in the mornings so I'm not sure how much should be read into that. My current regimen plan is:

                      Mornings -

                      Wash with Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
                      Apply Soolantra
                      Moisturize with avocado oil or Proactiv green tea moisturizer as needed

                      ~No sunscreen for me at the moment, as every one I've tried, including Elta MD, have caused breakouts. I have a few large hats that I think make me more or less look like a walking sight gag, but I have long, thick, curly hair so I suppose I'm able to make it appear marginally fashionable (or so my friends tell me, probably just to soothe my ego a little). I also seek shade like a moth to the flame~

                      Nights -

                      Wash with Aloe Calming Cleanser
                      Apply Effaclar Duo every other night as I've previously been doing
                      Moisturize with avocado oil or green tea moisturizer as needed

                      I'll try and report back every week or so...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JWillikers View Post
                        Well I've officially jumped, here's to hoping I don't land flat on my belly...

                        I applied it this morning and thankfully my face didn't melt off. No itchy skin or flaring, but my skin is usually much calmer and less reactive in the mornings so I'm not sure how much should be read into that. My current regimen plan is:

                        Mornings -

                        Wash with Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
                        Apply Soolantra
                        Moisturize with avocado oil or Proactiv green tea moisturizer as needed

                        ~No sunscreen for me at the moment, as every one I've tried, including Elta MD, have caused breakouts. I have a few large hats that I think make me more or less look like a walking sight gag, but I have long, thick, curly hair so I suppose I'm able to make it appear marginally fashionable (or so my friends tell me, probably just to soothe my ego a little). I also seek shade like a moth to the flame~

                        Nights -

                        Wash with Aloe Calming Cleanser
                        Apply Effaclar Duo every other night as I've previously been doing
                        Moisturize with avocado oil or green tea moisturizer as needed

                        I'll try and report back every week or so...

                        Good luck! Keep us posted. I too have a tube of Soolantra I have not tried because of all the mixed reviews. Currently, I have no P and P's and suffer slight redness and flushing when I eat something that triggers my Rosacea. I am still learning what my triggers are since been diagnosed in December 2014. I understand the Soolantra is just for the P and P's and Acne lesions but not for redness and flushing. So I am curious on how it does on that aspect of your adventure into the Soolantra world.

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                        • #13
                          To my best understanding, Soolantra is less like a medication, and more birth control from mites. I believe, if you have a Demodex issue, Soolantra will benefit your condition regardless you have P&P's or not.
                          Some people experience temporary flares when old mites die off, and their bodies leave bacterial, causing added inflammation.
                          Comparatively speaking, I've found Soolantra to be the lesser of some evils when up against other topicals.

                          I've been e-mailing, and researching, and in most cases, if you use Soolantra, you'll see "something" around day 24, and 45 of use, due to the life cycles of the mites (although different species of mites can survive different durations).

                          Now, I'm not saying this is "how it is", this is just what some of my conclusions are. Best wishes too all.

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                          • #14
                            Week 3 update

                            Well, I'm on my final week of Soolantra, and I'm unimpressed.
                            The red spots that came up have faded a lot, but are still kind of there, who knows when another will arise...

                            The reason I began this cream is to try and mitigate my redness, which it hasn't done ANYTHING for.
                            From many peoples experiences, Soolantra worked great; their condition reacted within the first couple weeks. Mine hasn't.
                            I believe my condition isn't linked with Demodex (obviously), but maybe by some miracle this week, the Soolantra will kick in ):

                            I've been putting it on after my nightly shower, if that makes any difference or not...
                            I hope I'm not discouraging anyone against trying soolantra, but in my case, it has been more hurt then help thus far.

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                            • #15
                              I put mine on in the morning after my shower and once it dries I put on sunscreen.

                              Mine has done a 180 with the p&p. I don't think it's done much for the redness except it's not quite as inflamed. Since I've had a major problem with p&p I'm pretty happy.

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