What’s the Best Rosacea Skin Care Regimen?

Published: September 6, 2005

Q. I’m a busy mother of two, and I recently found out that I have rosacea. Can you suggest a daily rosacea skin care routine that will fit my sensitive skin and my busy lifestyle?

Dr. Skotnicki: Rosacea, or acne rosacea, is a skin condition characterized by facial redness, flushing, pimples and broken blood vessels. The most important thing to remember regarding a rosacea skin care routine is that less is more.

Avoid scented cleansers and moisturizers, which can aggravate your skin. Also steer clear of cleansers that strip the skin of moisture, and those that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh ingredient used to make cleansers foamy.

A skin care line that I often recommend to my rosacea patients is Toleraine, made by La Roche-Posay. The brand is made specifically for people with intolerant skin – all of the products are unscented and they contain few irritating ingredients.

Rosacea Skin Care Routine

In terms of a rosacea skin care routine, I suggest using Toleraine Dermo-Cleanser, a milk cleanser that does not foam, twice daily. (A less expensive alternative that is also gentle is Spectro Facial Cleanser.)

The next step is to use a moisturizer – I usually don’t suggest a toner for those with rosacea, as it is too drying. I like moisturizers from the Toleraine line and other unscented lines such as Clinique. With this condition, it’s always best to pick moisturizers without anti-aging ingredients.

If you do apply makeup as part of your care routine, try to buy unscented lines. I like Clinique, Almay, Marcelle, and some MAC products for my patients. For more information on rosacea symptoms and management, I recommend visiting this website.

Find Dr. Skotnicki-Grant’s clinic at baydermatologycentre.com


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