New treatment could provide relief for rosacea sufferers

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(April 30, 2015) - Elana Litwin’s first attack of rosacea could not have happened at a worse time.

“I was actually giving a presentation in my college class and my friend looked at me and said, 'You are so red,'” said Litwin.

The 23-year-old had just moved to New York and the change in temperatures triggered a flare up of the common skin condition.

“You feel heat rush to your face and little bumps appear and you can’t get rid of them, no matter what acne treatment you try.”

Her dermatologist recommended a new FDA approved prescription cream called Soolantra.

“It’s a whole new category for topical rosacea treatment. What we notice is the redness is often reduced and the bumps of rosacea that are really annoying to patients and sometimes uncomfortable, get better very quickly,” said dermatologist Dr. Doris Day.

Elana says she saw improvements right away.

“The bumps, within two weeks, were way better than they had ever been.”

Day is a consultant for the drug company. She says patients with rosacea need to be aware of what causes their flare ups.

“The triggers are typically stress, alcohol, extremes in temperatures and some spices.”

Some patients do report side effects from the cream, including a skin burning sensation and skin irritation.

4 Your Health is presented by American Senior Communities.

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