Adults who have rosacea may use Mirvaso to help minimize redness caused by this condition. This prescription drug isn't designed to help with the bumps and pimples seen with rosacea. It works by causing the blood vessels to narrow, which immediately improves the redness. Keep in mind that it is still important to avoid your triggers.
Mirvaso® (brimonidine gel) is a prescription medication licensed to treat rosacea. Specifically, it is approved to treat the redness caused by rosacea. It does not help with the bumps and pimples.
Rosacea is a chronic disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. Characteristics of the condition include redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Although rosacea usually affects the face, it can affect parts of the upper body. Despite how common the condition is, many people with it go undiagnosed.
Rosacea treatment may involve good skin care (see Rosacea Skin Care), medications (either applied directly to the skin, like Mirvaso, or taken by mouth), and other treatments (such as laser surgery). Mirvaso is approved for treating rosacea in adults with persistent redness, not temporary redness in response to triggers.
Even for people using rosacea medications, it is important to try and avoid triggers such as alcohol, hot beverages, or spicy foods.
Mirvaso is an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist. It works by activating alpha-2 adrenergic receptors, causing blood vessels of the face to constrict (narrow). This constriction causes an immediate but temporary reduction in redness.
Mirvaso is not approved for children or adolescents, as it has not been adequately studied in individuals younger than 18 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medication in children.