How Should I Care For My Skin During A Rosacea Flare-Up?

When skin is in the midst of a rosacea flare-up, multiple symptoms sometimes appear together. Depending on your specific type of rosacea and the severity of your condition, typical symptoms might include:

  • Red, blotchy skin
  • Facial flushing (sensation of heat)
  • Irritation (itching, stinging, burning)
  • Eczematous areas of skin (dryness, flakiness, tightness)
  • Papules and pustules (pimples)
  • Swollen features (nose, eyelids)

These symptoms are heightened when you are experiencing a rosacea flare-up. However, the same characteristics are also common to dry and sensitive skin types. This means the skincare you use to tame your condition and improve the health of your skin should be designed for dry and sensitive skin.


How should I care for my skin during a rosacea flare-up?

Skincare Products to Avoid With Rosacea

Firstly, let's take a look at the skincare ingredients you should avoid at all costs. These ingredients were found to aggravate rosacea through a survey conducted by the U.S. National Rosacea Society:

  • Alcohol
  • Witch hazel
  • Fragrances / essential oils
  • Skincare ingredients likely to cause stinging (e.g. glycolic acid, ascorbic acid)

These key ingredients are generally found in the following products, so it's best to eliminate them from your skincare routine as soon as possible. Avoid:

  • Astringent toners
  • Traditional spot treatments
  • Highly scented skincare
  • Natural skincare containing essential oils
  • Chemical exfoliants
  • Low-pH skincare (such as vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid)

For a safe, soothing skincare routine, Adore Beauty recommends the following products, which are perfectly designed to best care for your skin during a rosacea flare-up.

Makeup Removers and Cleansers for Rosacea-Prone Skin

Avoid foaming cleansers and replace them with cleansing creams, gels, and waters. Try:


How should I care for my skin during a rosacea flare-up?


Rosacea Treatments to Reduce Sensitivity and Redness

Rosacea is an inflammatory condition. Inflammation manifests as redness and skin sensitivities, which are associated with sensations such as burning and tightness. Skincare designed to treat these symptoms should include a high number of anti-inflammatory ingredients. Good examples include:

Eczema Treatments

During rosacea flare-ups, it's best to use two moisturisers: one to treat redness and sensitivity and another to relieve any dry, tight areas. We recommend:

Sun Protection

Sun exposure is the most common trigger for rosacea flare-ups. The National Rosacea Society found that sunlight affects 81% of sufferers. It's very important to protect your skin, whether you're in the midst of a flare-up or caring for your skin in between episodes.

Physical sunblocks like the ones recommended below are better than chemical sunscreens for people with rosacea.

Rosacea-Concealing Makeup

Certain cosmetics are also responsible for triggering rosacea flare-ups. If your skin is inflamed, you should be especially careful about the makeup products you use. We recommend starting with a rosacea-friendly, redness-neutralising primer such as:

Top your primer with one of our rosacea-safe foundations:

If your rosacea flare-up is unusual in severity or length, and you're unable to get a handle on it with the above skincare products, please consult your doctor for further advice.

If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to have a read through our guide The Best Skincare For Rosacea Sensitive Skin

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