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Best Dermatologist-recommended Face Washes for Rosacea

As a dermatologist with rosacea, I understand firsthand the struggles of dealing with sensitive, easily irritated skin prone to redness, flushing, and stinging. It can be frustrating and embarrassing, especially in my profession. Over the years, I've learned that choosing the right cleanser is crucial for managing rosacea symptoms and maintaining healthy, calm skin.

That's why I've curated this collection of face washes specifically designed for those of us with rosacea and sensitive skin. These products have proven effective in soothing and calming irritation, both for my patients and myself. I've carefully selected cleansers that are gentle, non-irritating, and formulated with ingredients known to reduce redness and inflammation.

As someone who shares your struggles, I understand the importance of finding products that work without exacerbating our sensitive skin issues. This collection represents the best options I've found for cleansing rosacea-prone skin, and I'm confident that you'll find relief and improved skin health with these choices.

As a fellow rosacea sufferer, I'm here to support you on your journey to clearer, calmer, and more comfortable skin. I'm a Baumann Skin Type 3: DSNW. If you have taken our quiz, you will see your skin type octagon next to the products below that will work best for you.

Dr. Leslie Baumann, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist

 
 
 
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Alastin Gentle Cleanser

Alastin

Alastin Gentle Cleanser

$24.00 - $52.00

Alastin Ultra Calm Cleansing Cream

Alastin

Alastin Ultra Calm Cleansing Cream

$19.00 - $49.00

Bright Girl Bright + Clean Daily Facial Gel Cleanser

Bright Girl

Bright Girl Bright + Clean Daily Facial Gel Cleanser

$26.00

Derma Made Medi Wash
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Derma Made

Derma Made Medi Wash

$29.50 Regular price $59.00

Jan Marini Age Intervention Gentle Cleanser

Jan Marini

Jan Marini Age Intervention Gentle Cleanser

$33.00

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

$13.99 - $16.99

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser

La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser

$7.99 - $24.99

Medature Plantract Cleansing Foam

Medature

Medature Plantract Cleansing Foam

$20.00 - $34.00

Medature Plantract Cleansing Gel

Medature

Medature Plantract Cleansing Gel

$11.67 - $34.00

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

Obagi

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

$44.00

Proteya® Daily Revitalizing Facial Cleanser

Proteya

Proteya® Daily Revitalizing Facial Cleanser

$23.00

Replenix Green Tea Gentle Soothing Cleanser

Replenix

Replenix Green Tea Gentle Soothing Cleanser

$38.00

Revision Skincare Gentle Cleansing Lotion

Revision

Revision Skincare Gentle Cleansing Lotion

$44.00 - $72.00

Revision Skincare Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Revision

Revision Skincare Gentle Foaming Cleanser

$48.00 - $100.00

Revision Skincare Soothing Facial Rinse

Revision

Revision Skincare Soothing Facial Rinse

$44.00 - $72.00

SENTE Daily Soothing Cleanser

SENTE

SENTE Daily Soothing Cleanser

$34.00

SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser Foam

SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser Foam

$36.00

VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Red Better Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream

VMV HYPOALLERGENICS

VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Red Better Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream

$37.00

Zerafite Soothing and Calming Creamy Cleanser

Zerafite

Zerafite Soothing and Calming Creamy Cleanser

$35.00

The Best Rosacea Face Washes for Sensitive, Red Skin

For people like us with rosacea, it's crucial to choose a face wash that is gentle, non-irritating, and formulated with ingredients that help reduce our redness and inflammation. These soothing cleansers work to soothe and calm your skin while effectively cleansing the face. By incorporating a rosacea-specific face wash into your daily routine, you can help manage your symptoms and achieve clearer, more comfortable skin. If you take our skin type quiz, you will be one of the 8 Baumann Skin Types that have sensitive skin. (There are 16 Baumann Skin Types, but only 8 have a risk of rosacea.) We can help you shop for the best rosacea face wash once we know more about your skin type. For example, you might be dry or oily, and you may have dark spots or wrinkles. All of these factors need to be taken into account when buying the right dermatologist-recommended rosacea face wash. I'm a Baumann Skin Type 3:DSNW so I need hydrating, soothing and antiaging rosacea cleansers.

Soothing Ingredients in Calming Cleansers for Rosacea-Prone Skin

When shopping for a calming cleanser for your rosacea-prone skin, it's important to look for products that contain soothing ingredients. Some of the most effective ingredients for reducing redness, inflammation, and irritation include argan oil, licorice extract, cucumber extract, chamomile, aloe vera, green tea, and colloidal oatmeal. These natural ingredients have anti-inflammatory and skin-calming properties that can help alleviate rosacea symptoms and provide much-needed relief for sensitive skin.

Should You Avoid Glycolic Acid Face Washes If You Have Rosacea?

If your face is red, stinging, or burning, it's essential to avoid low pH cleansers, such as glycolic acid, on your sensitive skin. These products can exacerbate rosacea symptoms and cause further irritation. However, salicylic acid, which belongs to the same family as aspirin, is an exception. This ingredient can help soothe inflammation and may be suitable for some rosacea sufferers.

Proper Face Washing Techniques for Rosacea-Prone Skin

When you have rosacea, it's not just about using a gentle, calming, rosacea-friendly face wash; it's also crucial to wash your face properly to avoid irritating your hypersensitive skin. To minimize irritation, use warm water instead of hot or cold, as extreme temperatures can trigger rosacea flare-ups. If possible, opt for filtered water over tap water, as it can be less harsh on your sensitive skin. In an ideal world, thermal spa water would be the best choice, but I admit it's a bit impractical for everyday use. I only resort to thermal spa water when I'm experiencing a particularly bad rosacea flare. After cleansing, gently pat your face dry with a soft cloth, avoiding any rubbing or friction. It's essential to steer clear of exfoliants like facial scrubs, loofas, or facial cleansing brushes like Clarisonic, as these can be too abrasive for rosacea-prone skin. Remember, the key is to minimize friction and avoid extreme temperatures to keep your rosacea symptoms at bay.

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