Best Rosacea Skin Care Routine
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes painful, small bumps, visible blood vessels and reddened or flushed skin. Rosacea most commonly affects the face and is especially common among middle-aged women. For patients who have this condition, symptoms can disappear and flare up, and there is no cure.
Rosacea is challenging because it is visible. It can make people with the condition feel self-conscious. Since the condition is painful, it can affect your quality of life. A good rosacea skin care routine can help make your skin healthier and reduce outbreaks.
The best rosacea skin care routine for one patient might not work for someone else. A good place to start is to take the skin type quiz. This will help you determine your skin care needs beyond rosacea and find the right products and steps for your skin.
Why Do People With Rosacea Need a Special Skin Care Routine?
A rosacea regimen is not like skin care for someone with dry skin or oily skin. People with rosacea need a special routine for a few reasons:
- Washing the face can be painful, requiring special care and products.
- Many products irritate the skin and can make redness worse for some patients.
- Rosacea-affected skin needs more protection from the sun and from irritation.
- Patients can use some treatment to reduce symptoms and stay more comfortable.
There are many rosacea-friendly skin products, but the best rosacea skin care regimen isn’t just about switching products. It’s about finding a process you can follow daily to help your skin heal. While everyone’s routine is different, your basic skin care routine for rosacea will include these steps every morning and night:
- Apply a rosacea-safe Rosacea Cleanser that is right for your Baumann Skin Type® to your face with gentle circular motions, using your fingertips.
- Thoroughly and gently rinse off the cleanser using your fingertips and lukewarm water.
- Use a clean and dry cotton towel to gently pat your face dry.
- Soothe your skin with moisturizer.
- Apply a gentle eye cream to treat the redness and stinging rosacea can cause to the fragile eye area.
- Depending on your skin type, apply a rosacea treatment.
In the mornings, you’ll want to add SPF to your routine to prevent sunburn. The best option is a physical or mineral SPF, and one with a tint can help camouflage redness. At night, add removing your sunscreen or your makeup to your routine. Avoid makeup removal wipes and stronger removers. Look for a gentle cream and use very gentle circular motions to remove any trace of product from your skin before you move on to cleansing and the rest of your regimen.
The Best Rosacea Skin Care Routines
Rosacea skin care routines should include ingredients that treat inflammation and should not contain ingredients that make your face sting. The best rosacea skin care regimen is one tailored to your skin’s needs.
I know- you wanted to know the best rosacea skin care products to use. We cannot tell you that until you take the skin type quiz. We need to know what else is going on. Do you have rosacea and dry skin- or do you have rosacea and oily skin? Is your skin even-toned or does it have dark spots and rosacea? Do you need anti aging products that are safe for rosacea? Before we can give you skin care advice on your rosacea skin care routine- we need to know more about your skin type.
10 Skin Tips About Rosacea Skin Care
1. Friction makes rosacea worse.
2. Use a gentle makeup remover to help remove sticky SPF
3. Everyone has different rosacea triggers. Learn yours and avoid them.
4. Most people with rosacea notice that their face stings after washing their face — even if they wash their face with water.
5. Many moisturizers can irritate the skin if you have rosacea.
6. Chemical sunscreens can cause rosacea skin to feel painful or tender.
7. Sun exposure can worsen rosacea.
8. Use fragrance-free laundry detergent on your sheets and pillowcases.
9. Avoid essential oils because the fragrance can irritate rosacea skin types.
10. Consider probiotics because studies show the microbiome affects rosacea.
There are other ways you can help decrease the inflammation that causes rosacea. Your entire body plays a role in rosacea because it is a disease of inflammation. In fact, those that have rosacea are at a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other inflammatory diseases. That is why you need to begin trying to reduce inflammation in your body now.
10 Tips to Reduce Inflammation
1. Get 7 + hours of sleep per night.
2. Meditate or do yoga or another relaxing activity once a day.
3. Add anti-inflammatory foods like salmon, argan oil and flaxseed oil to your diet.
4. Avoid your rosacea triggers which may be heat, alcohol, spicy food or hot beverages and food.
5. Use a body cream to reduce overall skin inflammation.
6. Avoid friction on the face when possible.
7. Avoid perfumes and fragrances.
8. Eat fruits and vegetables to normalize your microbiome.
9. Take probiotics.
10. Reduce sugar.
Our favorite soothing moisturizers for rosacea suffers:
Rosacea skin care routines should consider your lifestyle habits, rosacea severity and other barriers to skin health. For example, if your skin is dehydrated it will be very difficult to clear up rosacea because dehydration leads to inflammation. Once you have a personalized skin care routine for rosacea- use it every single day as prescribed. It is the everyday consistency of soothing cosmeceutical ingredients that improves rosacea.
Using the best skin care product for rosacea one time will not do the trick. Find the best rosacea skin care routine for you by taking the skin quiz, and then follow your routine every single day. Be patient. It may take 4-8 weeks to see results – so stick with it. It is not easy to get rid of inflammation so hit it from all angles at once.
If your rosacea is not improved in 8 weeks, see your dermatologist for prescription rosacea medication or a rosacea treatment like the vascular laser or intense pulsed light. Find a STS approved medical provider here.