I tinkered with it, but have not done much with it. It is literally a white paste that you apply to your face and your face stays white. I’m not sure how someone goes out in public with it or sleeps on a pillow with it.
I wouldn’t go out in public with it, with the amounts that I was using. On the other hand, it works like a 100% protective sunscreen, so with these warm weathers outside, you may have an additional reason
You could try a place a disposable paper towel or sheet on the pillow? Or you can skip it during sleep. I’m not sure anymore whether I was using it at night.
But for me, only using it a couple of days seems to be enough for keepings my face clear for more than a year (and still counting).
I am going to try it, but I don’t know how it would help me with the eyelids- which is my worst hit area. I really feel like any progress I make on my face just makes the demodex (if we are subscribing to that theory) go hide in my eyelids and nostrils and ear canals. But as all of us know, gotta keep trying new things. Gotta keep trying old things in different ways.
Did you try the sudocream yet mate? I’m still procrastinating given i have so much soolantra left.
Haven’t tried it yet. It’s like a thick paste that just sits on your face. I work two jobs and would never have enough time to let that goop sit on my face for a few days to see if it works. And there is always the issue that one of my toughest areas is always the eyelids. I can’t smear that stuff in my eyelids.
So, no. Haven’t tried yet. Just cruising along on soolantra for the time being.
I used Sudocrem for about 1 week, about 20 months ago and I’m still clean since that moment. I’m not sure anymore whether I also used it at night, but I had it on my face during the day (while working at home) and washed it off my face every day.
So in my case, 1 week worked effectively, but maybe using it just a few days could also have worked. You could try putting it on the face after work, maybe leaving it on the face during the night. (Although maybe that could cause a sticky mess on the pillow and hairs.)
@col, if you want to try Sudocrem, then I would do so when you still have some Soolantra left, just in case things go bad by using Sudocrem. (In my case, Sudocrem did cause some irritated feeling and redness on the skin after using it for some days and it did cause clocked pores acne. Both were temporary.)
What does it look like? (photos)
Im still dealing with the same skin problem. Right now its at its worst its ever been as of a week ago. Before i would have one, two, or three bumps on my face now it is all over, with the crusts / wounds getting quite large.
Id like to ask you guys a few questions to see if there are any common factors between us that might point to what could be causing it.
Do you have a pet dog?
What is your diet like (please name any food intolerances / allergies)? Drug / Alcohol use?
How active are you? Do you go to the gym and if so, how often?
Are you diabetic or have any other existing auto immune disease?
If you could please answer that would be much appreciated.
As for me i stopped using the soolantra because i felt everytime id stop it, my skin problem would just come back and sometimes worse, i didnt feel it was treating the root cause.
I am now just trying to use a sea salt and water method by washing my face with it in the morning amd night since last week although the face my skin has broken out all over my face ot seems to be very hard to keep under control and it spreads easily.
Hopefully it heals fast
What does it look like? (photos)
(I have moved your post to this main topic.)
Note that a dry environment can increase the problem. This is often the case during winter periods. The larger the temperature difference between inside your home and outside, the dryer the environment inside. So hydrating the skin (by using a moisturizer, may be important). (See Skin hydration & Moisturizers for info about hydration.) Applying salt water on the skin, may dry out the skin.
About your questions:
- I don’t have a dog or pet. Although, I deed see a dog on weekly basis about 1 to 1.5 years before I clearly noticed and remembered the skin problem for the first time. (So I cannot rule out a relation with dogs and the skin problem, and I did wonder about this myself.)
- I’m possibly lactose intolerant. I don’t use alcohol nor drugs.
- I go 3 times a week to the gym for weight training, although I do sit a lot behind my desk. When I noticed the skin problem for the first time, I didn’t do exercise. I started with it about 1 years before before I was fully cleared from the lesions. (I don’t know whether exercise had an effect on the lesions.)
- I don’t have any disease other than allergy for dust mites, cats and some grasses. Although maybe my bloodpressure was a little bit too high.
How effective was Soolantra for you when you just started with it compared to before you started with it? In my case, it was like 90% effective.
If you want to try out something different, I would suggest Sudocrem. Which improved my last 10% and made me 100% cleared (except for skin bumps and acne.)
Something that seems to have cleared up my acne and skin bumps is intermittent fasting, which I do since April/May this year. Intermittent fasting is also able to improve skin in other people (although there are no reports here about this in relation with the oozing lesions) and is able to improve general health on almost every general aspect (ranging from cancer risk reduction to dementia to weight reduction to skin problems).
I wanted to start a topic about this here, but it’s still in draft.
Dog has nothing to do with it. I’ve lived in different countries and different cities. Sometimes I’ve had a dog, other times I have not. Crusts either way.
My diet is perfect. I eat meat and veggies and nothing else, not even fruit or dairy or bread. Still crusts.
Active. Stay fit. Go to the gym frequently. Still crusts.
Not diabetic. No autoimmune disease.
If you want to get better, persist with soolantra. I thought the same way as you for a long time. I tried all the tea tree and other garbage for almost two years. Don’t fall for the marketing you see online. Tea tree made it worse for me and it made it worse for a lot of people. I now use soolantra and do not fixate on the route cause. the root cause is that your body is detecting something it thinks is an enemy. MAybe that is demodex mites, maybe it is not. Who knows? then it pumps lymphatic fluid (the yellow ooze) onto the spot to heal over it like a wound.
It’s either soolantra or suffer. That’s how I live my life now. After 20 years of having that stuff almost every other day, I chose soolantra and got on with my life.
Thanks for the replies.
The only reason i dont want to use soolantra again is because I dont want to be dependent on it, especially when it says not to use it longer than 4 months.
There must be some root cause and im determined to figure it out. So far ive seen a lot of dermatologists who cant diagnose it - done swab tests, blood tests, checked my kidneys, MRI scans, nothing. I have an appointment with a gut doctor next week as my endocrinologist for my diabetes said it could be related to celiac disease / candida / h pylori, so i am going to see if any of this could be the case.
Ive found that when i eat a diet with no meat and dairy, my skin problem doesnt go away but it calms down a lot.
This recent bad breakout I think was also due to the fact that my stress levels have been crazy the past 2 weeks, possibly the most stressed ive ever been, and i went from eating a mainly plant-based diet to eating dairy and meat, alcohol, and anything i would have normally eaten as a result from the stress, and here I am now with my skin problem at its worst. I went back to eating plant based 3 days ago, and this morning my skin seems to be getting a bit better.
There have been periods where ive gone 2 or 3 months with really small lesions rarely with no lymphatic fluid, and then times where it just wont go away and is constantly there. I do find though that the times where Ive had long periods of clear skin are when I was using soolantra, seems to get worse at first then clears up, but this takes a couple months and after i reach the 4 months of recommended use i stop using it due to the chemicals etc. and thats when i notice my skin is clear but then it comes back worse after a short while.
So while soolantra does seem like the best option right now for us, Im determined to try find the root cause and my instinct is that it has something to do with candida.
I have been dealing with candida for over 10 years and never got rid of it. Constant athletes foot when i was younger which i kind of learned to live with after it wouldnt go away. I say i think its candida because i get red patches of skin on my body and itch when i drink alcohol, and i have for 2 years been dealing with an itchy scalp which has red patches on it, to the point where my barber always comments on it. (Could be skin pigment but the fact my scalp is so itchy - one of the first symptoms i faced before all my skin lesions - lets me believe it might be candida / fungal.
My diabetes also makes it easy for candida to thrive. Unfortunately a friend of mine passed away last year due to H Pylori in the gut, which gave her cancer, so if it can have such detrimental effects on the body I definitely do want to see a gut doctor to rule these things out and run my symptoms through with them if any of it could be related.
Will report after I go to an appointment.
The only chemical/drugs in Soolantra (compared to a normal moisturizer) is ivermectin. In my case, quiting with Soolantra didn’t result in a worsening. Also note that if you aren’t using any moisturizer, than quiting with Soolantra isn’t just quitting with ivermectin, you then also quit with using a moisturizer, which can lead to dryer skin and thus increase the skin problem.
Soolantra is tested and designed for rosacea. Maybe they mention 4 months because they haven’t tested it for a longer period. If you want to minimize any long term risk while using it, you could also try to lower the amount per application or the frequency of application.
Btw, I did have scalp itch when I sweat a lot during exercise combined with a warm environment, which may be cholinergic urticaria. But I haven’t noticed it anymore since intermittent fasting.
I would recommend to at least use a moisturizer comparable to the one mentioned here: Skin hydration & Moisturizers and to give Sudocrem a try. And if you’re open for further experimentation, than you could try intermittent fasting (IF). (IF can also have a large positive impact on diabetes, but it can be recommened to discus this with your doctor if you’re on special medication for it.)
I haven’t posted on here in nearly two years, and that’s because no news is good news : ) after 10 years of suffering, I used soolantra daily for one month and haven’t had an outbreak since.
@Tso, have you ever considered contacting a dermatology researcher or something? Someone who could finally give this skin condition a name and get this information published so that other dermatologists know about it, and no other sufferers have to feel like a medical mystery anymore? Just something I’ve thought about over the years…
So you don’t take Soolantra anymore? Good to hear that it fully cleared you. Although Soolantra works for most of us, not everybody becomes 100% clear.
Such ideas crossed my mind. But researchers would maybe need more patients than where I am located, which are difficult to find. Most users here are from US, Canada or UK. Researchers would maybe also need some research funding.
Before I learned about Soolantra, things like this crossed my mind: maybe I should stop with everything I do and try to become a dermatologist myself to cure my own disease.
Hey hope you guys are well, I am thinking of going to my GP to get soolantra again since my skin keeps breaking out. It seems as though I tend to break out more frequently when I shave, for example, I tend to get those weeping red bumps sometimes in places where I have shaved my face. I had a long moustache for over a year and while I did get a rare red bump there, now that I have shaved my moustache and keep it shaved, I seem to be getting these weeping bumps / sores in the places where i shave. Anyone here notice the same?
The salt water method seemed to dry my skin out too much. I did switch to using olive leaf extract in vegetable glycerin which definitely helped with keeping my skin moisturized, and seemed to help with the inflammation of these lesions, but right now im dealing with another outbreak.
I should be getting some benzoyl peroxide cream tomorrow in the mail since I read that it worked for someone here, just going to give it a try.
Tso, thanks for your efforts with this website. Are you still using soolantra for this skin issue and has yours ever returned? Thanks
Just woke up with a swollen bags under my left eye… ive also notice this tends to affect my eyes, but quite rarely. Just so happens this morning was one of those days… worries me because of my diabetes / diabetic retinopathy. Really just want this problem to go away.
Have you been using Soolantra continously, or did you have a break?
In my case the lesions also occured outside the shaving area. Like you say, dry skin causes your skin barrier to become weaker, making you more prone to the lesions. Shaving may also cause the skin barrier to become a bit weaker, especially when strong alcohol products are used.
I did read a case study somewhere in which a guy reused this razor too long, causing a bad bacteria buildup on this razor that caused lesions. (Maybe not the same as ours, but maybe more like impetigo caused by staph.)
I use a moisturizer on daily basis from the same company that makes Soolantra, to protect my skin: Skin hydration & Moisturizers
Benzoyl peroxide is able to dry out the skin, but if I’m correct, I did read somewhere that it helped someone. If you try it, let us know the results.
The swollen eye problem is something that isn’t reported very often, but some members here do have that problem, including me before I started with Soolantra. In my case, I contribute that cause to demodex mites, as I tested some eyelashes that were involved in lesions on the eyelids, under a microscope.
The problem completely disappeared shortly after starting with Soolantra, even though I didn’t apply in near the eyes. (You shouldn’t apply it near the eyes, according to the manual.)
I’m not really using Soolantra anymore after I got fully cleared after using Sudocrem for some days. ( Sudocrem saved me! ). I did use Soolantra a few times afterwards because I thought it was maybe coming back, but it did not.
If you want to change your regimen, then I would suggest to try the combination of this:
- Soolantra to supress the problem
- A moisturizer to improve skin barrier protection
- Sudocrem for some days when you’re at home or at night.
- Intermittent fasting (IF) to improve health in general (which includes immume system and insuline resistance). In my case, IF removed acne and bumps that seemed to be related to the oozing lesions. If you are diabetic, then it may be recommended to discus IF with your doctor before starting with it.
So far its my second day using the benzoyl peroxide cream (5% - The brand name is Acnecide) - I notice that it definitely reduces the size and severity of the lesions and almost stops them from getting larger if i notice one forming. So far it seems to be working efficiently at this, although I am still getting new break outs at the same rate. Still only the second day but seems quite promising. The only issue is that it dries my skin out a lot since thays part of the way it works so im just going to wait and see how my skin reacts after a couple of days.
As for my eye the swelling went down, but there was persistant itchiness where my eyelashes are but this seems to have gone away after 2 days.
I am able to get some Soolantra by next week. I just wanted to know how you applied it to your face? When I used it, I would only apply a very small amount, less than the size of a pea, to any affected lesions, not my whole face.
Did you apply it only to the affected areas or your whole face?
I applied Soolantra to those areas where lesions did occur, even when there were no lesions at that moment. For me, that was almost the complete face. Basically, the green area’s of this: What does it look like? (photos) Except around the eyes, but I did apply it between the eyes and on the eyebrows. Sometimes I also did apply on the ears and on the scalp.
Soolantra seems also to be effective with a small dose. Considering the high price of Soolantra, you could moisture the face a bit with water, then apply Soolantra afterwards, so that it spreads easier over the dampened face than a dry face, thereby reducing the amount that you need. I often combined it with a moisturizer from the same company as Soolantra, which Soolantra also uses as its base ingredient. (For more info, see Skin hydration & Moisturizers ) I combined it by first applying Soolantra, then waiting 5 minutes, and then I applied the moisturizer.