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General Health Channel
Reported March 15, 2012

Rosacea Rescue

MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- More than 16 million Americans have the skin condition known as rosacea. Now, there’s a new cream that could help many of those people get a better handle on the facial redness that characterizes this all-too-common skin condition.

"Some people get itching, some people get burning," Mark Nestor, M.D., a dermatologist, told Ivanhoe.

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

"The redness and flushing can be very debilitating. People don’t want to be seen like that," Dr. Nestor said.

Doctor 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 ten years.

"People say ‘oh, your face is red. ‘and you feel like, I know it’s red, but i have a medical condition!" Beatriz Boton said.

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

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

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

"So far, I really like it. So far, I’ve been feeling much better," Beatriz said.

And no longer red in the face when she’s interacting with others.

The cream not only helps redness due to rosacea, but can also improve redness from irritation and sensitive skin. Patients with acne lesions, eczema and atopic dermatitis have also benefitted from the treatment.

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