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Understanding and Managing Rosacea: Tips for Soothing Red, Sensitive Skin


Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness, flushing, and sometimes visible blood vessels and bumps. Although there is no cure for rosacea, with the right skincare routine and lifestyle changes, you can effectively manage the symptoms and reduce flare-ups. In this blog post, we will explore various tips and treatments for managing rosacea.

How to Control Rosacea

  • Avoid Triggers like spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, hot drinks, sunlight, stress, and strenuous exercise that can cause flare-ups and flushing.

  • Wash the face twice daily with mild, gentle cleansers that are tailored for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh products like astringents, toners, and exfoliative cleansers.

  • Always moisturise! After cleansing the face, moisturise daily with a fragrance-free cream or lotion. Anti-inflammatory ingredients like liquorice extract may help soothe sensitive skin.

  • Always protect! Protect the skin from damaging UV rays by using sunscreen daily. Choose broad-spectrum, alcohol-free mineral sunscreens (that contain zinc oxide) with an SPF of 30 or greater. Avoid chemical sunscreens as they can aggravate sensitive skin.

Other Tips To Help

Gentle Skincare:

Choose gentle, fragrance-free skincare products designed for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh cleansers, toners, and scrubs that can irritate your skin and worsen rosacea symptoms.

Moisturize and Protect:

Use a gentle, hydrating moisturizer to soothe and protect your skin barrier. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily to protect your skin from sun damage, which can trigger rosacea flare-ups.

Identify Triggers:

Common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, heat, stress, spicy foods, and alcohol. Keep a journal to identify your personal triggers and take steps to avoid or minimize them.

KEY Helpful Ingredients to look out for

  • Humectants- i.e. Hyaluronic Acid

  • Anti-Inflammatories- i.e Centella Asiatica, Aloe Vera

  • Fatty Acids- i.e. Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed, Corn Kernal, Oat Kernal

  • Fruit Enzymes- Papaya, Pineapple

Importance Of Cell Turnover Efficient cellular turnover is paramount to maintaining healthy skin, however with Rosacea, it needs to be controlled, and at low levels of AHAs or Fruit Enzymes, which are very gentle, we would want to avoid any manual exfoliators


  • AHA’s, i.e. Lactic acid, Glycolic Acid

  • Fruit Enzymes i.e. Papaya, Pineapple

Seek Professional Help:

Consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalised treatment plan. They may recommend prescription medications, such as topical creams or oral antibiotics, to help manage your rosacea symptoms.


Managing rosacea can be challenging, but with the right skincare routine, lifestyle changes, and professional guidance, you can effectively control the symptoms and enjoy healthier, more comfortable skin.


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