Put it to the Test: Rosacea Rescue

Three women with rosacea test a topical gel that claims to reduce redness in about 30 minutes.

About 16 million Americans have rosacea, which is a disorder of the facial skin, characterized by redness and small red bumps that flare up and can go into remission. The redness is caused by excess blood flow to the skin.

Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu explains that Mirvaso is the only FDA-approved topical prescription medication designed to treat redness from rosacea that can be used at home. She says the active ingredient is designed to constrict blood vessels, reducing the blood flow to the skin. Results are expected to last up to 12 hours.

“It’s not a permanent cure. It is a quick fix, a temporary treatment,” Dr. Wu says. “I recommend using it for special occasions, and it’s a way that you can not only look better, but also feel better, because rosacea can also cause stinging and burning and discomfort. It can really help you feel more confident.”

See the results, and hear the reaction from the women who put the treatment to the test.

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