April is Rosacea Awareness month and I get countless questions from followers about what products they should and shouldn’t use. Rosacea can be frustrating, confusing and difficult to navigate. So, I want to shed some light on what we can be doing to care for our skin best and to avoid rosacea flares. There are so many factors to consider when talking about rosacea: different types, prescription treatments, dietary factors, and of course your everyday products. While many people with rosacea will benefit greatly from prescription therapies and I recommend seeking a dermatology provider to help you manage your rosacea, today I am going to focus on some non-prescription product options to avoid a flare and calm the skin.
Firstly, if you suffer from rosacea you want to avoid ingredients such as drying alcohols, essential oils and fragrances to avoid flaring. Opt for products with calming, gentle ingredients such as chamomile, green tea polyphenols, aloe vera and niacinamide to name of few. The key is to focus on a SIMPLE, non-irritating, pacifying regimen.
Here are a few of my favorite [gentle] EBC products to do just that!
VMV Hypoallergenic Red Better Cleanser and Moisturizer. These products are formulated sans 109 of the most common allergens and therefore are a fantastic choice for this with rosacea and sensitive skin. I personally use this cleanser every evening and the creamy consistency is perfect for dry skin types. I also love the VMV Red Better Moisturizer!
Bioderma Sensibio Mask. If you like the self-care ritual of masking, you’ve probably found by now that many can aggravate your rosacea. This moisturizing mask is very gentle and feels so cooling on the skin.
- Physical/ Mineral SPF. For sensitive types like those with rosacea, mineral bases sunscreens are the best options. My favorites are Elta MD Physical, Elements or PCA Sheer Tint.
Lastly, you’ll want to avoid products like Vitamin C serums and retinoids. While you may be able to incorporate these down the road when your rosacea is under excellent control, I don’t recommend starting these types of products if you have rosacea unless at the direction of your Dermatology provider!
Written by: Amy Michaels Koberling