I've been trying out Mirvaso, a new prescription cream that just became available last month.
It is the only topical that will actually visibly reduce redness immediately. It does this by constricting the blood vessels wherever it is applied.
It turned me white as a ghost about 30 minutes after application.
The effects are supposed to last 12 hours, but honestly it only lasts about 4-6.
Still, it is a breakthrough for redness. Mirvaso is designed to be temporary. It will do nothing to "cure" your redness, but it will make it disappear for a few hours.
I have tried both topicals and oral antibiotics, which are the standard treatments for rosacea, and they did not reduce my permanent redness. I have also had multiple laser treatments, which only gave me minor improvements. Mirvaso has worked the best by far.
Because it is a new drug, and billions have been spent researching it and creating it...Mirvaso is costly. The creators do have to recoup all that money spent. Out of pocket it is approximately $230 for a tube.
However, you can use the Mirvaso savings card, which will lower it to $50 or $80, depending. You can reuse the savings card for a certain number of refills.
This cream is only available in the U.S. (Sorry Europe...there are some downsides to "standardizing" your health care...).
Edited by Green Gables, 18 October 2013 - 11:02 AM.