Avoid rosacea flare ups with these top skincare tips


Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects millions of people. It usually shows up as redness, swelling, and sometimes small, pimple-like bumps on the face. The effects of rosacea can differ from person to person, but it can make the skin feel sensitive and can cause patients to feel self-conscious about how they look.

Those with rosacea may often deal with flare-ups, which can be both frequent and frustrating. Luckily, there are effective ways to manage and reduce them and today we’re sharing some of the top skincare tips that can help.

Common irritants for rosacea

People with rosacea react differently to various substances, but there are common irritants known to trigger flare-ups. Surveys by the National Rosacea Society indicate that ingredients such as alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil are major culprits.

Alcohol tops the list, with 66% of respondents reporting it as a trigger, followed by 30% for both witch hazel and fragrances. Menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil were problematic for 21%, 14%, and 13% of respondents, respectively.

Recognising these triggers is crucial. Many patients find that by avoiding astringents, exfoliants, and other harsh skincare products, they significantly reduce the frequency and severity of their rosacea flare-ups. Eliminating these common irritants from your skincare regimen can help keep your skin calm and reduce the likelihood of irritation.

Less is more when managing rosacea

When it comes to managing rosacea, less is often more. Using too many skincare products can overwhelm sensitive skin, leading to flare-ups. To avoid this, opt for a minimal skincare routine with products that are gentle and designed for sensitive skin.

Fragrance-free products are particularly essential, as fragrances are a common trigger for many people with rosacea. By keeping your skincare routine simple and free from unnecessary additives, you help maintain your skin’s natural balance and avoid aggravating the condition.

Test out new skincare products

It’s crucial when testing new skincare products, only do this on a small patch of skin before fully incorporating them into your routine. This patch test helps determine if the product will cause a reaction or contribute to a flare-up. Apply a small amount of the product to a discreet area and observe any changes or discomfort over a few days. This precaution can prevent widespread reactions on your face and help you identify safe products for your sensitive skin.

Implementing these skincare practices can be helpful for people with rosacea and reduce the occurrence of uncomfortable flare-ups. Remember, knowing your triggers and how to avoid them is important in managing the condition.

If managing your rosacea feels overwhelming or if your current regimen isn’t producing the results you hoped for, consider seeking help from a dermatologist. When rosacea is not controlled by trying to avoid triggers, Dr Williams can advise on the most suitable treatment which may be a cream or a course of oral antibiotics.

Book an appointment today with Dr Juliet Williams.