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Dermatologists Say These Are the Best Moisturizers for Rosacea
Blushing and flushing easily, visible blood vessels, and even acne-like breakouts are just a few . If you have the common condition—characterized by persistent redness in the skin—you know how apt your complexion is to be touchy. Use the wrong products, and it’s likely to flare up in anger.
“People with rosacea often have dry and exquisitely sensitive skin, which is easily irritated by skin care products,” says Arielle Kauvar, MD, director of New York Laser & Skin Care and clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine.
Using a harsh cleanser, toner, or face scrub is an easy way to aggravate your rosacea even further. Instead, Dr. Kauvar recommends to first use a gentle cleanser () or micellar water to protect skin’s barrier. Then, apply a moisturizing cream (to repair skin barrier and guard against irritation) and sunscreen (to prevent further damage from harmful UV rays).
How to choose the best moisturizer for rosacea
If you suffer from rosacea, you’ve likely had a few (or many) bad experiences with burning or tingling after trying new skin care. Here’s what to keep in mind when looking for a good moisturizer for rosacea.
Don’t jump around:“By definition, people with rosacea have really sensitive skin. You have trouble tolerating products, so once you find what works for you, stick with it,” says Rebecca Baxt, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Baxt Cosmedical in Paramus, New Jersey.
Look for hydrating ingredients:People with rosacea need extra moisture, since the condition weakens the outer (and protective) skin barrier. However, you also want to steer clear of pore-clogging formulas, since rosacea can make you more prone to breakouts. Look for noncomedogenic moisturizers that contains hydrating but gentle ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, dimethicone, and ceramides.
Avoid fragrance:A nice-smelling product may be a lovely experience, but scents often aggravate already touchy complexions, so go for fragrance-free, says Dr. Baxt. “Focus on finding very plain products,” she says.
Steer clear of certain anti-agers:While moisturizers with retinol or glycolic acid can help increase cell turnover to minimize the signs of aging, they can also be potentially irritating, says Dr. Baxt. If you’re looking for an anti-aging productandyou have rosacea, she recommends going with a vitamin C serum instead, as this will be a bit more gentle.
Test it out:Patch testing a new moisturizer can ensure your skin reacts well to it. To do that, apply a small amount on your upper, inner arm overnight, says Dr. Kauvar. Because facial skin may still react, you may want to play it especially safe and test a small area on your face to ensure there’s no irritation before applying all over. If you feel burning, wash it off and try something else.
Now that you have the basics down, check out these dermatologist-approved moisturizers for rosacea—from drugstore budget buys to more prestige price points.
This noncomedogenic all-purpose moisturizer is remarkable because of what itdoesn’thave. “It’s hypoallergenic and is formulated with a reduced number of chemicals (like dyes, fragrance, and parabens), making it especially good for rosacea patients who have intolerant skin,” says Dr. Baxt. It also has a stamp of approval from the National Eczema Association.
A superior fragrance-free hydrator specifically formulated for normal to dry skin, this silky cream “contains ceramides that help restore and protect the skin barrier,” says Dr. Kauvar. It also delivers a dose of hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that draws water to the skin to boost moisture and give a plumping effect.
Made with ambophenol (a calming plant extract), skin-comforting neurosensine (an anti-inflammatory compound), thermal spring water, and moisturizing dimethicone, this paraben-free formula from La Roche-Posay helps cool skin on contact to reduce redness.
This hypoallergenic and non-pore-clogging moisturizer from Avène taps ruscus extract to boost microcirculation, helping to hide visible blood vessels. Dr. Kauvar also likes it for additional hydrating skin calmers like shea butter, dimethicone, and vitamin E. If you’re using this in the morning, apply an SPF on top before heading out the door.
This moisturizer earns a recommendation from Dr. Kauvar because it’s packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid, the gel texture absorbs easily into skin, and it’s fragrance- and paraben-free so it won’t further irritate your rosacea. Apple fruit extract and glycerin are added moisturizers, along with soothing cactus pear extract.
Dr. Baxt likes Neutrogena products for those dealing with rosacea. This water-based moisturizer is suited for sensitive complexions because it’s oil-free (so it won’t clog pores), hypoallergenic, and is free of alcohol and fragrances. Plus, it keeps your skin feeling supple with skin quenchers like glycerin and dimethicone.
Everyone needs a good sunscreen, but sun exposure is a common trigger for flare-ups in rosacea complexions, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Kauvar picks this SPF because it includes physical UV blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are gentler on skin compared to chemical sunscreens. Hyaluronic acid hydrates, while the light tint hides redness.
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