Rosacea is a common skin concern, affecting an estimated 415 million people worldwide. Often mistaken for acne or general redness, rosacea is characterised by flushed skin, patches of redness, stinging sensations, visible red veins, and small red bumps on the face. Rosacea is a relapsing condition, which means it can go through good and bad phases, usually triggered (known as a flare up) by factors such as sun exposure, extreme temperatures, harsh or irritating products, diet, stress, alcohol, and even some medications.
BEAUTY BAY Ecommerce Executive Laura has years of experience dealing with rosacea and has established a sound knowledge of what products help her to minimise redness, smooth skin texture, and prevent irritation.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from dealing with rosacea, it’s that it’s all about learning how to manage your skin and being ready to react in the right way when it flares up. There are a few things that make my rosacea flare up – drinking alcohol is a major cause for me, I can come out in rashes and be itchy for week. I’ve found certain skincare products that work for me and help keep my redness and soreness as calm as possible. The trick is to keep your routine really simple and stick with it. I choose fragrance free products and always look for calming ingredients.”
Scroll down for Laura’s failsafe rosacea skincare routine.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
“I avoid physical exfoliators because all the scrubbing triggers my redness and I find that chemical exfoliators work much better and don’t irritate my skin. My favourite is The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – it makes my skin so smooth that you only need to use it once a week.”
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
“I also struggle with hormonal acne, but due to my rosacea I have to use a targeted treatment that you apply straight to spots rather than an all-over solution. If I have a breakout, I apply Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion straight onto the spot and leave it overnight to stop my spots from spreading and calm them down in time for the morning. I don’t know what I’d do without it!”
Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream
“I find it so important to fully moisturise my skin as if it dries out then the soreness and rashes become unbearably painful. Every night I apply a thick layer of the Rodial Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream, and once or twice a week I use an overnight moisturei mask instead, like the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask.”
Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser
“When it comes to makeup, I keep my foundation very natural. If I put too much coverage on bumpy, rashy skin it can make things look very cakey. My daytime moisturiser really helps to keep the cakiness at bay though. I always wear Mario Badescu’s Oil-Free Moisturiser and an additional high factor SPF as too much sun exposure causes rosacea to flare up too.”
Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser
“I need to keep my skin as clean and calm as possible to keep the flare ups at bay, so I have to avoid astringent cleansers. I use the Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser day and night – it’s super gentle but still really effective when it comes to removing makeup and deep cleaning skin.”