The Best Skincare Products for Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition characterised by inflamed redness. It is usually found around the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. When treating rosacea, we want to look at the internal factors first, as often our gut health is a major player in the condition.

There are however a few skincare products for rosacea that can help heal the skin topically, whilst you do all the internal skincare work.

Below are my top 5 skincare products for rosacea 2020.

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Skincare products for rosacea 2020

Azelaic acid for rosacea

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring compound that is found on our skin and it is caused by yeasts that reside on our face.

Azelaic acid is:

  • Antibacterial - reduces the growth of bacteria within the hair follicles on our face. Our main facial bacterias are Proprionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis.

  • Keratolytic and comedolytic - meaning it help remove the very most top layer of skin, as well as inhibits the formation of comedones, blemishes that form when oil and skin cells become trapped in the pore.

  • A scavenger of free radicals - in other words it reduces inflammation and oxidative stress

Include azeliac acid into your daily routine once per day, sticking to the areas of your face that are prone to redness. As with any acid, you need to make sure you are wearing and SPF daily as it can increase photosensitivity.

The best azelaic acid products for rosacea:

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%


Niacinamide for rosacea

Niacinamide is vitamin B3 and is especially handy for textural rosacea, the type where you have small lumps and bumps.

Niacinamide is :

  • Anti-inflammatory - it helps reduces inflammation, which may help ease redness which we all know is the key to rosacea.

  • Hydrating - keeps skin smooth and moisturised.

Add niacinamide into your daily routine once a day if you experience any texturised skin, acne or small red bumps.

The best niacinamide products for rosacea:

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

THE INKEY LIST Niacinamide Face Serum

Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

Vitamin C for rosacea

Vitamin C falls into our antioxidant category and antioxidants are great because they help reduce free radicals which can cause DNA damage over time, which can effect our skin barrier integrity.

With rosacea specifically vitamin C helps to strengthen capillaries and reduce redness and inflammation. Most researchers believe that the redness in rosacea may be due to blood vessels that dilate too easily. Hence if we strengthen our capillaries with vitamin C, we will reduce overall redness.

Add Vitamin C into your daily skincare routine for any general rosacea and especially if you have viable capillaries.

The best vitamin C products for rosacea:

Alpha-H Vitamin C with Grapeseed Serum

Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Cica / Centella asiatica for rosacea

Centella asiatica is a beautiful green herb that is commonly used in Korean skincare.

Centella in skincare:

  • Speeds up skin cell production and collagen synthesis

  • Antibacterial

  • Antioxidant

  • Helps the formation of healthy blood vessels

Add Centella asiatica into your daily skincare routine if you are looking for something to calm and restore integrity. This is your go-to if your rosacea is hot to the touch.

The best centella products for rosacea:

CosRx Centella Blemish Cream

Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask

Kiehls Centella Sensitive Cica Cream

DR.JART+ Cicapair Calming Gel Cream - $60

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally by our skin cells to help them retain moisture. Roughly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin, where it binds to water to help retain moisture.

Rosacea sufferers often have impaired moisture barrier function, moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid may be especially helpful.

Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.

Hyaluronic acid has a variety of uses. Many people take it as a supplement, but it’s also used in topical serums, eye drops and injections.

The best hyaluronic acid products for rosacea:

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Kiehls Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

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About the Author

Chloe is an internal skincare Naturopath with a passion for, you guessed it, healing your skin from within. Aside from seeing people in her online clinic, Chloe is also runs several internal skincare courses to help set you up for success by giving you the tools you need to help heal your skin for good. Sound like you? Check out her courses here.

Chloe also hosts a podcast Skin From Within, covering all things internal skincare from hormonal acne to rosacea, psoriasis and more.



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