Dermatologist-recommended Rosacea Toners

As a dermatologist with rosacea, I know that finding the right toner can be a challenge for those of us with sensitive, easily irritated skin. Toners can be helpful in managing oily skin, which is a common concern for some rosacea sufferers. However, it's essential to choose a toner that is gentle, non-irritating, and formulated with ingredients that soothe and calm the skin.

Personally, I don't use a rosacea toner because I have dry skin, and I find that toners can be too drying for my Baumann Skin Type 3: DSNW skin type. However, for those with oily, rosacea-prone skin, a carefully selected toner can help balance the skin and reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation.

When shopping for a rosacea toner, look for products that are specifically designed for all of your skin concerns, not just rosacea. This collection includes rosacea toners with salicylic acid that work well for oily skin types who also have dark spots and fine lines.  They work best as part of a complete customized skincare routine.

Remember, as someone who shares your struggles with rosacea, I understand the importance of finding products that work for your individual skin type and concerns. Trust in the products I've curated for this collection, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Dr. Leslie Baumann, MD.  Board-Certified Dermatologist

IMAGE Skincare CLEAR CELL Salicylic Clarifying Tonic

Image Skincare

IMAGE Skincare CLEAR CELL Salicylic Clarifying Tonic


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Serum

La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Serum


SkinCeuticals Conditioning Toner


SkinCeuticals Conditioning Toner


Rosacea Toners for Oily Skin: Balancing and Calming

If you have oily skin and rosacea, finding the right toner can be particularly challenging. You want a product that helps control excess oil without irritating your sensitive skin or exacerbating your rosacea symptoms. Look for toners that are specifically formulated for oily, rosacea-prone skin, and contain ingredients like salicylic acid, which can help reduce inflammation and unclog pores.

Soothing Ingredients to Look for in Rosacea Toners

When shopping for a rosacea toner, it's crucial to look for products that contain soothing, calming ingredients, especially if you have oily skin. Salicylic acid is one of the best ingredients to look for in a toner if you have oily skin and rosacea. This beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) helps to unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and calm redness, making it an excellent choice for managing rosacea symptoms in oily skin types.

In addition to salicylic acid, other effective ingredients for reducing redness, inflammation, and irritation include chamomile, aloe vera, green tea, and niacinamide. These ingredients work to calm and cool the skin, diminishing the appearance of redness and promoting a more even skin tone.

Toner Application Tips for Rosacea-Prone Skin

When applying toner to your rosacea-prone skin, it's essential to be gentle and avoid any harsh rubbing or pulling. Instead of using a cotton pad, which can be abrasive, try applying your toner with clean hands or a soft, reusable cloth. Gently pat the toner onto your skin, allowing it to absorb fully before moving on to the next step in your skincare routine. Avoid applying toner to any open wounds or cracked skin, as this can cause further irritation. Remember, the key is to be gentle and listen to your skin's needs. If your skin is stinging a lot - you should skip thee toner step and using a soothing gel, serum, or cream instead.

The Role of Toners in a Rosacea Skincare Routine

While toners can be beneficial for some of the 16 Baumann Skin Types, particularly those with oily skin and rosacea, they are not an essential step in every rosacea skincare routine. The Baumann skin type classification system takes into account four main parameters: oily vs. dry, sensitive vs. resistant, pigmented vs. non-pigmented, and wrinkled vs. tight. Each of these 16 skin types has unique needs and may benefit from different products.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, you may find that a toner is too drying or irritating for your specific Baumann skin type. In this case, it's perfectly fine to skip the toner and focus on using a gentle, non-irritating cleanser and moisturizer. Alternatively, you might find that a serum or a light lotion is better suited to your skin's needs than a toner.

To determine whether a toner is right for you, I recommend taking our skin type quiz. Based on your results, we will provide you with a personalized skincare routine tailored to your specific Baumann skin type. This customized routine will help you identify whether a toner is a good fit for your skin or if other products, such as serums or light lotions, would be more beneficial in managing your rosacea symptoms and achieving healthy, balanced skin.