Rosacea Skincare Recommendations

Before we begin: I advise that you seek professional medical advice when treating rosacea. These are a series of products that have worked in my personal experience but everyone is different. The best thing for you to do when managing rosacea is seek personal, professional guidance from a doctor or dermatologist. In order to find the perfect regime for you, this professional will ask a whole host of questions that I simply can’t scratch the surface of in an Instagram message.

Here is a list of products I personally recommend when dealing with rosacea. The lists are roughly written in order of least expensive to most expensive, making things easier to navigate depending on your budget. One isn’t necessarily better than the other; I think they work if they’re on this list. I would suggest using a cleanser and moisturiser twice a day and SPF every morning. From there, add more products or steps as you wish.

Cleansers (all of the below will also remove make-up but I would use a separate eye make-up remover)

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser: lightweight gel
Curel Cleansing Gel: lightweight gel
La Roche Posay Effaclar H Cream: creamy lotion for combination skin
La Roche Posay Toleriane Cream: creamy lotion
Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser: creamy, milky, soft
Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser: like a rich moisturiser that helps to remove any dead skin
Kate Somerville DeliKate Cleanser: rich lotion

Moisturisers

Cerave Moisturising Lotion: rich, leaves a balmy residue, deeply hydrating
Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion: rich, deeply hydrating, slightly lighter in texture
La Roche Posay Toleriane Sensitive Fluid: very lightweight lotion
La Roche Posay Sensitive Rich Cream: rich, creamy moisturiser
La Roche Posay Citaplast Repair Balm: very rich moisturiser, when warmed between hands melts to a balm texture, intensely moisturising
Avene Rich Skin Recovery Cream: rich, creamy, deeply moisturising
Kate Somerville Goat Milk: lotion texture, helps to remove any dead skin
Kate Somerville DeliKate: rich buttery moisturiser, hydrating but absorbs quickly
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2: moisturising, dense, rich

Eye Cream

CeraVe Hydrating Eye Cream: simple, hydrating, velvety
Curel Eye Cream: simple, creamy
La Roche Posay Toleriane Eye Cream: simple, hydrating, creamy

SPFs

La Roche Posay Anthelios: lightweight, runny, absorbs instantly
Kiehls Aqua SPF: lightweight cream, absorbs quickly

Vitamin C Serum

Oskia Super-C Capsules: velvety, smoothing, brightening
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic: runny, wet, very brightening

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid: thick and sticky
Pestle and Mortar Hyaluronic: lightweight and runny
Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic: very lightweight and runny
SkinCeuticals HA: dense and comforting

Other additions worth mentioning

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid: helps to reduce texture, has a silicone feel
La Roche Posay Micellar Water: removes all make-up including eyes, feels like water (I would recommend following up with a proper cleanser and water)
Kate Somerville Delikate serum: no active ingredients, comforting, helps to reduce redness
SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair: an intensive treatment for use on areas of redness to repair the skin barrier, thin, dense fluid
Zelens ProBiotic Mist: calming, hydrating mist for use through the day

For more rosacea resources, visit this blog post about Rosacea Frequently Asked Questions.

Rosacea Frequently Asked Questions

I was diagnosed with rosacea in 2018 and have happily shared my experiences along the way. Rosacea is a skin condition thought to affect 1 in 10 people in the UK which can cause areas of redness in the skin, from flushing to raised, textured skin.

As rosacea is a medical condition, you won’t know for sure whether you have it unless you see a doctor. However, if you are noticing redness in the skin, rosacea or not, here are some resources you might find useful.

My VOGUE Guide to Rosacea
Here is a piece I wrote for British Vogue in April 2020 with some key basics to understanding your rosacea. CLICK TO READ ON VOGUE.CO.UK

A list of products I recommend for rosacea
Read this blog post for a full list of products I would recommend.

Dr. Emma Wedgeworth Q&A
Before you look at any of my resources below, I would really recommend listening to this Q&A with Dr. Emma Wedgeworth. Dr. Emma is an expert in rosacea and has worked as a dermatologist for many years. We had a discussion on Instagram live all about rosacea. If you can excuse my technical skills, having broken this into two parts on YouTube, the subject matter is fantastic. Topics covered in these videos include…

  • What is rosacea?
  • How do I know if I have it?
  • What can my doctor give me to help with rosacea?
  • How does laser treatment work?
  • How does my diet and lifestyle impact rosacea?
  • Can I exfoliate if I have rosacea?
  • Can I use retinol if I have rosacea?
  • Which skincare products can I buy without seeing a doctor to help my rosacea?
  • Which make-up would you recommend to help cover my rosacea?

I have just been diagnosed with rosacea. Can you please offer some advice?
Here’s a bit of a beginners guide to rosacea that you might find helpful.

What should I be doing in terms of skincare if I think I have rosacea?

  • Use a cleanser every day to remove your make-up and sunscreen. Massage it in with your hands and try to avoid cloths or any other cleansing devices where possible which may be abrasive to your skin. Avoid facial wipes as they will most likely irritate your skin.
  • Use a sunscreen every single day in the morning, the higher the better. I wear SPF50 every day.
  • Use a moisturiser morning and night. Choose a texture that suits the kind of finish you like. If you have dry skin, go for a slightly more rich cream. If you have oily skin, try a lighter consistency moisturiser. The website of any good skincare brand will tell you a little bit about the texture of any product you are considering buying.
  • Avoid fragranced skincare as this can irritate the skin further, whether this is an added fragrance or occurs naturally in the skincare.
  • Keep your skincare routine as simple and consistent as possible.
  • If your skin is having a flare up, stop using any active ingredients in your routine (for example Vitamin C) until it has calmed down again.

What skincare do you use for your rosacea?
I filmed this video quite some time ago now and largely the regime still stands. I alter my moisturiser from time to time depending on how rich I want it to be, but this is a great place to start in terms of what I use on my own skin. I do use other products and brands though – please see the video in the next question for some more suggestions.

What skincare would you recommend for me to use?
Rosacea is completely different in each person, and as mentioned before it is a medical condition and I’m not a doctor. This in mind, I wouldn’t want to recommend a definitive product or regime. However, I do find that certain brands and products work really well in helping to manage it. There are lots of suggestions in this video. When narrowing it down, consider things like your budget and the texture of products you like to use. As a general rule, the french pharmacy brands like La Roche Posay and Avene are fantastic, as is the brand CeraVe. Feel free to reach out to these brands directly on Instagram in their direct messages – most have very active social media teams that will come back to you with any questions.

How can I manage my rosacea on a budget?
My favourite skincare brand on a budget is CeraVe. Their Hydrating Cleanser and Facial Moisturising Lotion would be a great place to start, then add in your favourite SPF for everyday use.

How can I cover the redness in my skin using make-up?
Make sure you use a fair amount of product. Your skin may be slightly more hot to the touch which means your make-up may be more prone to melting away. Use a moderate amount of product and seal it in with some powder. Here are a few more tips and ideas that you might find useful.

My Rosacea Prescription and Skincare Routine

In today’s video I’m talking through the full prescription and skincare routine she shared for me.

Please note: this was personal to me based on a thorough medical examination of my skin, and before using anything similar you should consult your own doctor.

This video features press samples.

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