Rosacea sufferers experience many symptoms during a flare-up. Calm your complexion and reduce redness with a variety of skincare products that may limit the duration and severity of episodes.
When skin is in the midst of a rosacea flare-up, multiple symptoms sometimes appear together. Depending on your specific type of rosacea and the severity of your condition, typical symptoms might include:
- Red, blotchy skin
- Facial flushing (sensation of heat)
- Irritation (itching, stinging, burning)
- Eczematous areas of skin (dryness, flakiness, tightness)
- Papules and pustules (pimples)
- Swollen features (nose, eyelids)
These symptoms are heightened when you are experiencing a rosacea flare-up. However, the same characteristics are also common to dry and sensitive skin types. This means the skincare you use to tame your condition and improve the health of your skin should be designed for dry and sensitive skin.
Skincare Products to Avoid With Rosacea
Firstly, let's take a look at the skincare ingredients you should avoid at all costs. These ingredients were found to aggravate rosacea through a survey conducted by the U.S. National Rosacea Society:
- Witch hazel
- Fragrances / essential oils
- Skincare ingredients likely to cause stinging (e.g. glycolic acid, ascorbic acid)
These key ingredients are generally found in the following products, so it's best to eliminate them from your skincare routine as soon as possible. Avoid:
- Astringent toners
- Traditional spot treatments
- Highly scented skincare
- Natural skincare containing essential oils
- Chemical exfoliants
- Low-pH skincare (such as vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid)
For a safe, soothing skincare routine, Adore Beauty recommends the following products, which are perfectly designed to best care for your skin during a rosacea flare-up.
Makeup Removers and Cleansers for Rosacea-Prone Skin
Avoid foaming cleansers and replace them with cleansing creams, gels, and waters. Try:
- La Roche–Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
- La Roche–Posay Lipikar Syndet Cleansing Cream-Gel
- Uriage Tolederm Soothing Cleansing Water
Rosacea Treatments to Reduce Sensitivity and Redness
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition. Inflammation manifests as redness and skin sensitivities, which are associated with sensations such as burning and tightness. Skincare designed to treat these symptoms should include a high number of anti-inflammatory ingredients. Good examples include:
- Skinceuticals Redness Neutralizer
- Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate
- Ella Baché Baume Allantoin
- Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
During rosacea flare-ups, it's best to use two moisturisers: one to treat redness and sensitivity and another to relieve any dry, tight areas. We recommend:
Sun exposure is the most common trigger for rosacea flare-ups. The National Rosacea Society found that sunlight affects 81% of sufferers. It's very important to protect your skin, whether you're in the midst of a flare-up or caring for your skin in between episodes.
Physical sunblocks like the ones recommended below are better than chemical sunscreens for people with rosacea.
Certain cosmetics are also responsible for triggering rosacea flare-ups. If your skin is inflamed, you should be especially careful about the makeup products you use. We recommend starting with a rosacea-friendly, redness-neutralising primer such as:
Top your primer with one of our rosacea-safe foundations:
- Inika Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation
- Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation
- Napoleon Perdis Advanced Mineral Makeup SPF 15
If your rosacea flare-up is unusual in severity or length, and you're unable to get a handle on it with the above skincare products, please consult your doctor for further advice.