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Soolantra Cream

Soolantra Cream (30g)

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Soolantra 1% Cream - New Rosacea Treatment

Soolantra is the newest topical treatment for acne rosacea. When applied once daily, it has been shown to significantly reduce blemishes in around 4 weeks3. It is available to buy today from The Independent Pharmacy by filling in a short consultation online which will be reviewed before being issued by our UK-based in-house medical team.

Rosacea is a common skin condition involving facial redness, bumps and blemishes, skin thickening. Acne rosacea can have an extremely negative impact on the lives of sufferers - 76% of patients surveyed by the National Rosacea Society said rosacea lowered their self-confidence.

Soolantra - Important Treatment Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Soolantra rosacea treatment

Soolantra cream is a prescription-only topical treatment for rosacea, designed to treat pimples, spots and blemishes. Soolantra is manufactured by Galderma. It’s active ingredient, ivermectin, is not only anti-inflammatory but also kills parasites such as demodex mites – another factor that has been linked to inflamed skin & rosacea symptoms1.

Topical ivermectin belongs to a group of medicines known as ‘avermectins’ and should only be used by adults of 18 years and over. 


How do you use Soolantra?

Soolantra should only be applied to skin on the face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. The standard dosage is one application per day, for anything up to four months.

The directions for use are as follows:

  • Apply a pea-sized amount of ivermectin cream to each of the affected areas
  • Spread the ointment as a thin layer across the face, avoiding the eyelids and lips
  • Wash hands after application
  • Wait for it to dry before applying other creams or makeup

The best time to apply Soolantra or any prescription rosacea medication is either morning or night; just aim to keep it relatively consistent. 

Note: Soolantra cream is a topical treatment and not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.


How long does Soolantra cream take to work?

Most people find that they experience an improvement in their skin after around four weeks of treatment2. You should start to notice your condition getting better before this time however, you will not see the full effects for at least four weeks. 

Most people continue to see improvement in their symptoms within the first year of treatment so it is important to continue with treatment, even if your symptoms quickly improve.


Soolantra results

According to clinical studies3, patients using Soolantra 1% Cream saw:

  • 27% fewer bumps and blemishes after two weeks and up to 75% fewer after twelve weeks
  • 38% of study subjects were “clear” or “almost clear” of rosacea symptoms after twelve weeks
  • Continued symptom improvement over time in a year-long study
  • Greater clearance of bumps and blemishes than metronidazole 0.75% cream (Rozex) in a 16-week study
  • Fewer treatment-related side effects compared to subjects treated with Rozex (twice daily) or Finacea gel (twice daily)

If you find there’s no improvement after three months, stop using Soolantra and consult your doctor or pharmacist. 


Soolantra alternatives

Here are some of the common alternatives to Soolantra cream for treating rosacea:

  • Rozex gel contains the antibiotic metronidazole, an effective topical treatment for acne rosacea. However, it may cause skin irritation, and you will need to avoid alcohol while using it. Metronidazole tablets are also used for BV.
  • Finacea gel helps to treat the spots and pimples associated with rosacea but is less effective at treating redness. It isn’t recommended for people with asthma.
  • Dermalex Rosacea Cream is an over-the-counter rosacea treatment to help with redness and spider veins. It repairs and strengthens the skin’s barrier function, creating a protective film for daily support against external triggers.

For more information on how this treatment compares to other similar ones, visit our: Soolantra vs Finacea and other treatments page.


Soolantra cream prices

Soolantra 1% Cream Price Saving
1 x 30g tube £34.99
2 x 30g tubes £63.98 £6.00
3 x 30g tubes £89.97 £15.00



  1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1517/14656566.2014.945423?journalCode=ieop20
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20160305154203/http://www.galderma.com/News/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/79/Galderma-Announces-Positive-Outcome-of-European-Decentralised-Procedure-for-Approval-of-SOOLANTRA-ivermectin-Cream-10mgg-for-Rosacea-Patients
  3. https://www.soolantra.com/about-rosacea-treatment

Soolantra Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/6819/pil

Soolantra BNF listing: https://bnf.nice.org.uk/drug/ivermectin.html

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Soolantra cream instructions 

Soolantra cream is intended for adult use only and should only be applied to the face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. It should not be swallowed.

The usual recommended dose is one application per day to the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. You can apply cosmetics and other face creams once the Soolantra ointment has completely dried.

Most people find that they notice an improvement in their skin after around 4 weeks of treatment. If there’s no improvement, even up to 3 months of use, it’s worth checking with your doctor to find out if there’s a better treatment option available to you. Keep using Soolantra for as long as it’s been prescribed, unless you experience any side effects.

If you apply more than the recommended amount of Soolantra rosacea cream, contact your doctor for advice on the best course of action. Importantly, if you forget to use it, you should not attempt to make up for the forgotten dose by using twice as much. Just continue as usual.

We advise customers to use this medicine as prescribed – please check with us if you are not sure.

Soolantra side effects 

Just like many other topical medicines, Soolantra can cause side effects. These will not necessarily affect everyone. The most common side effect of using Soolantra cream is a burning sensation on the skin after application. Other, less common side effects include itchy, irritated or dry skin. 

Soolantra cream shouldn’t cause redness or inflammation, since these are the same symptoms it’s used to combat. Should you experience aggravated redness or inflammation of the skin after use, or any other unexpected side effect, consult a doctor or pharmacist.

Read our full guide to Soolantra side effects for more details.

What are the ingredients in Soolantra?

Soolantra cream contains the active ingredient ivermectin. On average, 1g of cream contains 10mg of ivermectin. Other ingredients contained in Soolantra include:

  • Glycerol
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Carbomer
  • Dimethicone
  • Disodium edetate
  • Citric acid monohydrate
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Stearyl alcohol
  • Macrogol cetostearyl ether
  • Sorbitan stearate
  • Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218)
  • Propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216)
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Propylene glycol
  • Oleyl alcohol
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Purified water

Soolantra cream warnings

If you are allergic to topical ivermectin or any of the other ingredients, do not use Soolantra cream. These ingredients include:

  • Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol
  • Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218)
  • Propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216)
  • Propylene glycol 

If you’re unsure, talk to a doctor or pharmacist before you start using Soolantra. Drug interactions are possible, so be sure to disclose any other medications you’re using or taking when you complete your online consultation.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

We do not recommend using Soolantra rosacea treatment cream while pregnant. This medicine is also unsuitable if you are breastfeeding. You may wish to weigh up the benefits of using Soolantra vs. the benefits of breastfeeding, depending on the severity of your condition.

Driving and operating machinery

Soolantra has no known influence on users’ ability to drive and use machines. If you are concerned, speak to your pharmacist. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Rosacea?

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does Soolantra do for rosacea?

    Ivermectin cream is intended to treat the inflammatory lesions and blemishes associated with rosacea. A macrocyclic lactone anthelmintic, it reduces redness and swelling to soothe and clear the skin.

  • How much does Soolantra cost?

    When you buy Soolantra cream online from The Independent Pharmacy, you can expect to pay from £31.99 per tube, plus £2.95 for UK delivery. We offer free delivery on orders over £40.

  • Can Soolantra make rosacea worse?

    Some user reviews suggest that Soolantra can temporarily make rosacea worse before it gets better. But overall, as a treatment for rosacea, Soolantra will usually lead to a marked improvement within just a few weeks.

  • Can Soolantra be used for acne?

    Soolantra rosacea cream is primarily intended to treat papulopustular rosacea, which includes bumps and pimples. If you have common acne (acne vulgaris), you would likely be prescribed a more targeted acne treatment, such as Differin cream or Oxytetracycline tablets.

  • Can I use Soolantra and Mirvaso together?

    There is research to suggest that you can successfully treat rosacea using Mirvaso and Soolantra cream at the same time. If you do use Soolantra and Mirvaso together, you'll need to wait for the first application to dry before applying the second. Unless your condition is very severe, you shouldn’t need to use both together – consult a doctor or pharmacist to see whether this would be a good solution for you.

  • Does Soolantra help with wrinkles?

    Soolantra is not an anti-wrinkle cream – it’s used for the treatment and relief of acne rosacea. If you’re looking for something specifically to help with wrinkles, consider a conventional anti-wrinkle cream or natural alternatives such as coconut or geranium oil. 

  • Does Soolantra cause hair loss?

    Hair is not a side effect usually associated with using Soolantra cream for rosacea. If you do experience side effects, it is more likely to be along the lines of itchy, irritated or dry skin. 

  • Does Soolantra have steroids in it?

    No – Soolantra is not a steroid cream. Its active ingredient, ivermectin, is an anti-inflammatory, anti-parasite substance designed to soothe rosacea, reduce blemishes, and kill Demodex mites.

  • How long does it take Soolantra to work?

    Soolantra cream usually takes effect fairly quickly – most people notice an improvement in their skin after around 4 weeks of treatment. Of course, the speed at which people see results can vary slightly from person to person.

Authored By:

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Andy Boysan


Published on: 17-04-2018

Last modified on: 17-04-2020

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

Reviewed By:

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William Obeng

MPharm IP

Reviewed on: 17-04-2020

Next review date: 17-04-2022

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