If you’re struggling with stubborn rosacea, you’re not alone. Rosacea is one of the trickiest skin conditions to deal with because, unfortunately, there is no cure. People with rosacea have to focus on managing their symptoms, rather than curing an underlying issue.
Managing rosacea also comes with its own challenges. To successfully manage this inflammatory skin condition, you have to take a two-pronged approach: you need to soothe your inflamed skinandavoid the things that are triggering your rosacea in the first place.
There’s a lot to think about when you’re trying to build a skincare routine for rosacea-prone skin, but we’re here to make creating your perfect routine easier. Let’s go over the most frequently asked questions about rosacea.
Q: What’s the best skincare routine for rosacea?
When it comes to skincare for rosacea, less is more. You want your routine to be gentle and simple so you can soothe it and avoid irritating it as much as possible.
People with rosacea usually see the best results when they stick to a three-step skincare routine consisting of:
Yes, this is all you need. If you’re having a particularly bad flare-up, you can also add in a soothing booster product, like a mask for hydration or redness. But, in general, you want to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible to avoid accidentally irritating your skin.
Q: Why do so many skincare products make my rosacea flare up?
When you have rosacea, you can’t necessarily use the same skincare products as other people. Sensitive, rosacea-prone skin can get intensely irritated by common skincare ingredients that are simply too harsh for people with rosacea. Rosacea can also pop up when you exfoliate your skin or sustain sun damage.
Keep in mind that the threshold for what makes something a “harsh ingredient” is lower when you have rosacea. For example, chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid and lactic acid can make the skin look radiant if you don’t have rosacea, but trigger terrible skin sensitivity and redness if you do have rosacea. Drying ingredients (such as alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, tea tree oil, and camphor) can also be extremely triggering for rosacea-prone skin.
The threshold for physical exfoliation is also much lower for people with rosacea. Even things like washing the face with a washcloth, using makeup brushes with stiff bristles, or using a face wash with exfoliating “beads” can trigger a rosacea flare.
Q: Why is my rosacea worse in the winter or after I eat spicy foods?
Topical skincare products aren’t the only thing that can cause a rosacea flare. Foods and your environment can also cause your rosacea to act up. Some common rosacea triggers include spicy foods, hot beverages, cold and dry weather, and excess heat.
If you think a food or your environment is triggering a rosacea flare, do your best to avoid the trigger. If you can’t avoid it, use extra soothing and moisturizing products in your skincare routine. For example, if your skin is very irritated by cold and dry winter weather, switch to a heavier moisturizer during the winter.
Q: What skincare ingredients should I look for if I have rosacea?
Look for skincare ingredients that ease inflammation, fight free radical damage, strengthen your skin barrier, and deeply hydrate your skin. Some of our favorite ingredients for rosacea include:
ROSACEA SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS
Now that we’ve answered your top rosacea FAQs, let’s talk specifics. Here are some example rosacea skincare products that are simple and soothing. Use them as a starting point to build your own custom routine.
Product 1: Beauty Globes
Beauty Globes incorporate cryotherapy to help soothe and cool the skin in order to get rid of redness. Simply store the Beauty Globes in the freezer and roll in an upward circular motion over your forehead, cheeks, and neck for 3-5 minutes. This product is perfect for people with rosacea-prone skin.
Product 2: Azulene Moisturizing Ampoules
With 100% natural Azulene extract (chamomile) as the main ingredient that's known for its calming and soothing properties combined with Squalene (An Antioxidant), our Azulene Moisturizing Ampoules makes an ideal treatment for dehydrated, mature, rosacea and sensitive skin.
Product 3: Azulene Masque
The Azulene Masque helps dehydrated skin regain a soft and smooth texture immediately after the first application. Specially formulated with chamomile extract and moisture binding ingredients, this masque is an excellent solution and instant relief for dry, sensitive, menopausal and rosacea skin.
Product 4: Allantoin & Cucumber Ampoules
This water base ampoule is an excellent treatment to prevent and alleviate skin irritation and/or redness. Upon application, it immediately cools and calms down Rosacea flare-ups.
Product 4: Aloe Vera Soothing Masque
This pre-moistened masque is exclusively formulated with special ingredients to soothe and calm the skin, especially rosacea prone skin. Make sure to massage the remaining serum left in the pouch into the face, neck, and décolleté area for maximum rejuvenation.