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How do I Choose the Best Rosacea Moisturizer?

By Bethany Keene
Updated May 21, 2024
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Rosacea is a skin condition of the face that is characterized by reddish, raised bumps across the nose and cheeks, which may be painful. Some people also experience small broken veins in the area, or a tendency to blush, among other symptoms. To choose the best rosacea moisturizer, it is important to shop smart and to read the labels on all the products you are purchasing. Skin with rosacea is extremely sensitive, so keep this in mind at all times.

When shopping for the best rosacea moisturizer, seek out products labeled for sensitive skin, or labeled hypoallergenic. There are some moisturizers designed specifically for people with rosacea, but these are more difficult to find in drugstores; these may be ordered online or purchased through a department store, and tend to be more expensive. It may not be necessary to spend the extra money for a designated rosacea moisturizer if you shop carefully.

First, consider the ingredients that should not be in your rosacea moisturizer. These include alcohol, any fragrance, eucalyptus, menthol, peppermint, or witch hazel. These can be very irritating to people with rosacea. In addition, avoid acne-treatment products, because these tend to be very drying, particularly those that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Oil-free moisturizers are usually the best choice as well.

A basic, gentle moisturizer without any of the above ingredients is the best choice for people with rosacea. Some ingredients that may help to calm rosacea include niacinamide, which is a type of vitamin B3, as well as green tea, chamomile, and aloe. These ingredients are soothing and calming to the skin, and may help to prevent inflammation and redness. In addition, it is important that people with rosacea wear sunscreen every day to prevent making the condition worse, so it is a good idea to select a rosacea moisturizer that contains at least SPF 15 sunblock.

It may take a few different tries to find a rosacea moisturizer that works well for you. It is important to use a gentle, soap-free cleanser as well to prevent drying the skin out even further. Some people find that using a deep hydrating mask once or twice a week can be very helpful as well. Be sure to apply moisturizer morning and night, and to never go to bed without taking the makeup off. Treating skin well is one of the best ways to care for rosacea, and prevent it from worsening.

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Discussion Comments
By anon280450 — On Jul 17, 2012

I started using the Zenmed line for rosacea about a month ago, and I have seen vast improvements.

By fify — On Jul 25, 2011

@ddljohn-- One of my friends has rosacea too and I'm pretty sure that she is using oil to moisturizer her face. I think it was either olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond oil, I don't remember which one.

If you are looking for a natural moisturizer without all the additives and chemicals, why not just use pure oil for your skin?

By discographer — On Jul 24, 2011

@ddljohn-- Usually mositurizers for sensitive skin is tolerated by people with rosacea but maybe your skin is extra sensitive.

Have you tried lotions with aloe vera, green tea or soy? The article mentioned these too and I think they have calming affects that would help with the redness and irritation rosacea causes. Even if the label doesn't say "sensitive skin," you might benefit from trying moisturizers that have these ingredients. You never know what might work until you try it.

It might also be due to your whole skin care routine in general. What kind of cleanser do you use? Do you use toner? Make sure that these are not too harsh for your skin. That might be why your skin is not improving and you might think that the moisturizer is causing it.

I'm not positive that it will help, but have you tried rose water? It can be a good toner/moisturizer because it is non-drying and non-irritating.

By ddljohn — On Jul 24, 2011

Hi, thank you for this information. I have rosacea and have tried many top brand lotions or sensitive skin. But my skin does not tolerate those well.

I need some advice on what else I can try. My face looks horrible when I have rosacea breakouts and I want to do something about this fast, before my graduation in three months. Please help!

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