9 Derm-Approved Products for Rosaceaby Beth Shapouri Health Writer
Anyone experiencing a flare-up of rosacea—a condition marked by redness, flushing or darkening of the skin, swelling, and bumpy acne-like breakouts—knows that calming and hiding an episode quickly can make a big difference in how you feel about going out into the world. And, luckily, there are skincare products you can pick up at your local drugstore or online to help. To make sure your rosacea-busting arsenal is packed with the most effective soothers, moisturizers, cleansers, concealers, and more, we spoke to two dermatologists who treat people with rosacea daily. Here’s what they say works best.
Green Goo Face Wash
It may look like a bottle of hand sanitizer, but this little wonder is really a face wash that nourishes with a mix of calendula flower, olive, sunflower seed, and jojoba oils. It gets the approval of Kristin M. Baird, M.D., a faculty member in the department of dermatology at The University of Colorado in—who has rosacea herself: “It gently washes away dirt and makeup without harsh and drying chemicals.” Her advice for cleansing finicky, flushed skin: “Be sure to wash your face twice daily with lukewarm water and only the tips of your fingers.”
Available at greengoo.com, $17
PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum
Dr. Baird says this potion is great for anyone with rosacea experiencing dryness, as it “boosts your skin’s production of hyaluronic acid.” For those unfamiliar, that’s the naturally occurring sugar in your skin that draws in moisture—and it’s basically the darling of the skincare world right now. Plus, she insists, this serum can help fight off environmental stressors like air pollution that can bring on a flare, while antioxidants prevent against future symptom-triggering damage.
Available at skinstore.com, $115
Epionce Intensive Nourishing Cream
“This is an ultra-rich night cream to help repair skin-barrier structure and function,” says Dr. Baird. And those two things together protect against irritation by boosting moisture levels in skin’s outermost layers. It's much harder for irritants to wreak havoc on well-hydrated skin. Another part of its magic? Azeleic acid, which can calm inflamed skin.
Available dermstore.com, $114
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Dr. Baird can testify that rosacea makes skin more sun-sensitive—she’s had firsthand experience! She leans on mineral sunscreens, as she says they tend to be less irritating than chemical formulas. “This one from EltaMD contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, which promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin.” Another reason to love the sunblocker: “It won’t leave a grey hue on darker complexions.”
Available at dermstore.com $36
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
Another super gentle mineral sunscreen pick from Dr. Baird, this one gets points from the derm for being easy to reapply (even over makeup) and being super-portable, the perfect little wand slips right into a purse or duffle bag. And bonus: It also contains mica to catch the light, creating a blurring effect to hide any visible rosacea symptoms.
Available at dermstore.com, $65
Avène Hypersensitive Skin Regimen
Richard L. Torbeck III, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology and director of cancer surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, counts this as a great starter set for anyone looking for a new rosacea-tackling routine or experiencing a bad flare. With a gentle cleanser, a soothing thermal spring water-based mist, and a mineral-packed recovery cream—all formulated to calm reactive skin—it’s got everything you need to keep your complexion as happy as possible.
Available at skinstore.com, $38
Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer
When it comes to visible symptoms, Dr. Torbeck has a note: “In lighter skin tones it is more likely to be red or flushing, whereas in darker skin tones it can appear as darkening.” That’s why he recommends Dermablend’s long-lasting, highly pigmented concealer across the board. Not only does it erase all signs of discoloration for hours on end, he points out, “It comes in every skin color under the sun!”
Available at ulta.com, $28
SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer
This lightweight cream gets a thumbs up from Dr. Torbeck, who recommends it as a daily moisturizer to his patients experiencing redness. With a patent-pending peptide complex to block the effects of environmental triggers like temperature change and soothing botanicals to tackle blotchiness, it’s a rosacea clutch player.
Available at dermstore.com, $67
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Pen in Green
If flushing is how your rosacea presents, Dr. Torbeck has seen some of his patients successfully use neutralizing green concealers as a quick fix. The reasoning: Because green is opposite red on the color wheel, the hues cancel each other out. This pen makes the process a breeze thanks to its small felt tip that allows for easier blending. Just make sure to apply foundation or tinted moisturizer on top so you don’t end up looking mossy in sunlight!
Available at ulta.com, $10