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Building the Best Rosacea Skin Care Routine: Product Recommendations and Rosacea Care Advice

If you have rosacea, you may need to consider this condition when putting together your perfect skin care regimen. Learn more about building a gentle 4 step routine for rosacea.

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In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about rosacea skincare routines.

If you have rosacea, you know that it can cause redness, inflammation, and sensitivity. It can be triggered by tropical products or even by your diet.

This can make skin routines, and even enjoying happy-hour pretty tricky. 

Here is everything you need to know about taking care of your skin while reducing rosacea flare-ups. 

Keeping your rosacea skin care routine simple

For your rosacea-friendly skincare routine, you have to remember the mantra “less is more”. 

To cover your bases, this is what you’ll want to focus on these 4 components:

1. A gentle cleanser

2. A redness, irritation, and inflammation control cream or serum 

3. An SPF 50 moisturizer

4. A gentle night moisturizer 

We’ll get into our exact product recommendations for these later in the article.

Things to avoid with rosacea

There are quite a few things that can trigger rosacea - sun exposure, hot drinks, alcohol, spicy foods, and harsh skincare products.

Here are a few things a rosacea-friendly skincare routine should avoid:

  • Don’t over-exfoliate -- in fact, do so sparingly.
  • Stay away from exfoliating acids like AHAs and BHAs.
  • Try to keep away from added fragrance as it’s a common trigger.
  • Don’t slather on a million things to try to fix the problem that will likely worsen the situation. (Remember, less is more.)

Build your own rosacea skincare routine

Now let’s get into specifics. You can use this as a framework for your own routine. 

1. Use gentle cleansers with cool water

You want to avoid any cleanser with sulfates (SLS) as they are way too drying and stripping. For those with rosacea, this can make all matters worse. 

Instead opt for creamy, hydrating cleansers. These are normally packed with skin barrier strengthening and hydrating ceramides. 

This doesn’t have to break the bank. Affordable brands like CeraVe and La Roche-Posay do a wonderful job at creating simple, rosacea-safe cleansers. 

You also want to pay attention to the water temperature of your showers and face washing. Use cool or lukewarm water only. Heat exposure can exacerbate rosacea flushing.

Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser - $14.99 

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser $ 14.99

2. A redness and inflammation control 

Depending on the subtype of rosacea you have, you might want to consider a redness control daily serum or cream. These medicated creams are applied in the AM and help keep facial redness under control all day.

At Strut Health, we find the daily use of prescription-strength azelaic acid and a vasoconstrictor can almost instantly benefit those with type 1 rosacea. For many, rosacea skincare is all about reducing inflammation and reducing redness. We make that easy with our custom formulas. 

Rosacea is tough to keep under control without prescription-strength medications which is why OTC can sometimes be a letdown. But thankfully, getting a custom prescription rosacea cream online is easy.

Custom Rosacea Formula Treating Both Types 1 and 2 $59.99

3. Gentle sun protection

Rosacea can be exacerbated by heat and sun exposure. So, for you, SPF is important. But, some sunscreens can be irritating. This is mostly true of chemical-based sunscreens. Mineral and physical sunscreen have been found to be less irritating. 

A little rosacea hack is choosing a sunscreen that is tinted -- you get sun protection and a bit of coverage. Getting a sunscreen that is tinted, moisturizing and a high SPF is three birds with one stone. 

Check out our list of the top 3 sunscreen recommendations for rosacea.

Paula’s Choice Resist SPF 30 $33.00

4. A night cream that repairs the skin barrier

It’s common that those with rosacea also deal with dry, scaly, irritated, itchy, and angry skin -- so moisturizing is a big deal.  

Studies show that rosacea is characterized by a profoundly weakened skin barrier function

Read more: Skin Barrier Function & Repair: It’s Essential for Healthy Skin

But, skin barriers can be nourished and repaired. A great way to do this is by (gently cleansing and) using a moisturizer that contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and emollients. 

Great barrier repair ingredients to look for:

  • Ceramides
  • Hyaluronic acid 
  • Rosehip oil, jojoba oil, primrose oil 
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C 

Barrier repair cream by Dermalogica $47.00

Building the best rosacea skin care routine: Bottom line

There you have it, a simple, rosacea-friendly skincare routine. Don’t go trying a 12 step skincare routine because it just might make everything worse. 

Focus on 4 steps: gently cleansing, redness control formula, tinted SPF moisturizer, and a barrier repair night cream. 

With rosacea, less is more -- go simple and your skin will thank you. 

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