New cream may reduce Rosacea


March 28, 2012 9:57:51 AM PDT
More than 16 million Americans have the skin condition known as Rosacea. But there's a new cosmetic cream that could help many of those people get a better handle on the facial redness that characterizes this all-too-common skin condition.

Rosacea is a skin condition that can cause visible blood vessels, bumps, pimples, flushes and redness.

"The redness and flushing can be very debilitating," said Mark Nestor, MD, Dermatologist in Miami. "People don't want to be seen like that."

Dr. Mark Nestor says it's not life-threatening, but it's often life-altering. A study by the National Rosacea Society found 76% of people say Rosacea has lowered their self-esteem. 41% say they've canceled social engagements because of it, like Beatriz Boton, who says it's been a constant source of embarrassment for the last 10 years.

"People [say] 'Oh, your face is red, your face is red.' You feel like I know it's red, but I have a medical condition," said Boton.

Now, a new cream called Pyratine X-R, reduces the appearance of redness, something very few products have been able to do.

"The studies have been very promising, shown very effective." said Nestor. "Our patients have also been very happy with the effect of this."

One 48-week study by the University of California at Irvine showed significant benefit in 80% of the patients, including a 90% reduction in the appearance of lesions. Boton has used the cream, for more than a month.

"So far, I really like it. So far, I've been feeling much better." said Boton.

The cream not only helps redness due to Rosacea, but can also improve redness from irritation and sensitive skin.