Struggling with sensitive skin that’s prone to redness and rosacea? You probably have a million questions you want to ask right now about how exactly you got it. Unfortunately, rosacea is a poorly understood skin condition; its cause hasn’t been exactly determined and there is no known cure as of this moment. The good news: you can do something to alleviate its symptoms. For starters, here’s Dermstore’s Medical Director Dr. Ashley Magovern to give you sage advice on how to take care of your skin, as well as the best products to use.
1. Don’t be afraid to use skin care products…
“Rosacea patients are often hesitant to put anything on their skin. But even if you have rosacea and your skin may be sensitive, it’s very important to use skin care products, especially a moisturizer. Moisturizers help maintain the skin barrier, which prevents flares by keeping chemical and mechanical irritants out.”
2. …But keep your skin care routine simple.
“Simple is always better. Try to limit the amount of products and the amount of ingredients you put on your skin. Look for products that are specifically formulated for redness-prone or sensitive skin as these products usually help calm and soothe the skin and help protect the skin barrier.”
3. Use sunscreen religiously.
“The pathogenesis of rosacea may not be fully understood yet, but we know that cumulative sun damage plays a role. Sunscreen use will not only help prevent the condition in susceptible patients, but it will also help prevent flare-ups in those who struggle with it.”
4. Find your flare-up triggers.
“Every patient is different, and while we know that certain things trigger rosacea in general, some may find a specific cause. Sun, heat, wind, exercise, alcohol and stress are common triggers, but some report that a specific fruit, vegetable, meat or dairy product will cause a flare.”
5. Remember, you are not alone.
“If you cannot manage it on your own, go see a dermatologist. We have a lot to offer our rosacea patients, including skin care advice, prescription medications and laser treatments. As for the best products to alleviate rosacea symptoms, see Dermstore’s best products for rosacea below.”
Designed for sensitive or traumatized skin, this non-irritating cream cleanser calms and soothes inflamed skin as it removes excess oils and debris, leaving the skin feeling pure, fresh and comfortable.
This gentle face wash invigorates the skin as it eliminates dirt, debris, excess oil and makeup, leaving the skin soft, supple and pH balanced. Ideal for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin, its non-irritating and paraben-free formula gently exfoliates with lactic acid. Aloe vera and allantoin soothe the complexion leaving it fresh, clear and calm.
Featuring rosehip, this facial serum replenishes and seals in moisture to comfort and promote a soft, supple texture. Soothing lavender heals and aids in the treatment of broken capillaries while the unique Biocomplex formula nourishes your skin with vitamins and nutrients and offers powerful antioxidant benefits to protect against damaging free radicals, creating a clear, healthy appearance.
This serum delivers a hefty dose of antioxidants, including vitamins C, E and A, along with botanicals like olive leaf extract to soothe rosacea-prone skin. It also uses zinc sulfate to reduce inflammation and kojic acid to prevent blemishes.
Reduce redness and the appearance of blood vessels on your cheeks with this concentrated cream, which relies on ruscus extract to increase microcirculation. The addition of thermal spring water helps with irritation and heat sensations, while shea butter softens the skin and protects against moisture loss. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic.
Hydrate, calm and protect your rosacea-prone skin with this light, airy moisturizer that absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling quenched without an oily residue. Dermstore.com users carry it around with them for anytime application.
SkinMedica’s CalmPlex targets weak blood vessel walls—one of the root causes of inflammation. The niacinamide aids your skin in fighting off damage, while jojoba oil hydrates it. Plus, it was Allure’s Best of Beauty 2013 winner as the best product for sensitive skin.
Infused with green tea, licorice and hazelnut oil, this moisturizer delivers deep hydration as it reduces redness and delivers calming effects to sensitive skin. Non-oily finish easily glides smoothly and absorbs easily into skin.
This richly moisturizing and calming cream features vitamin K and willowherb extract to provide excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to inflamed and irritated skin. Olive oil, aloe vera and other nutrient-rich ingredients also help reduce redness and deliver superb moisture and hydration.
This waterless moisturizer protects your skin by providing a barrier against environmental stressors. Dermalogica’s antiozonate and UltraCalming complexes repair any existing damage to your skin, while evening primrose oil and emollient silicones strengthen your skin against future damage.