Taking care of your skin in case of rosacea: tips and tricks for a soothed skin

Dr. Marc-André Doré

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that primarily affects the face, characterized by redness, dilated blood vessels, pimples and, in some cases, thickened skin. Caring for your skin when you have rosacea can be a challenge, but by following a few tips and changing your skin care routine, it is possible to help soothe and improve the appearance of your skin.

Use gentle and adapted products

Choose skin care products specifically designed for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin. Avoid products that contain alcohol, fragrances, harsh exfoliants or other irritating ingredients. Look for gentle cleansers, oil-free moisturizers and broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30.

Avoid known triggers

Recognize and avoid rosacea triggers, which vary from person to person, but can include sun exposure, extreme temperatures, stress, alcohol, spicy foods and certain cosmetics. Keep a journal to track potential triggers and take steps to minimize them.

Adopt a proper skin care routine

Wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser and then apply a soothing moisturizer. If you have a rosacea flare-up, it may be helpful to use a topical cream prescribed by a dermatologist, such as metronidazole or ivermectin, to reduce inflammation and redness. Remember to apply sunscreen every morning, even on cloudy days, to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Embrace a healthy lifestyle

A balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods, can help reduce inflammation and improve the health of your skin. On top of that, try to manage stress with relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing, as stress can exacerbate rosacea.

See a dermatologist

A dermatologist can help you determine the cause of your rosacea and suggest a treatment that is right for you. Treatment options may include topical medications, oral antibiotics, laser therapy or intense pulsed light (IPL) to reduce redness and visible blood vessels.


Managing rosacea requires a holistic approach, including avoiding triggers, using the right products, following a proper skin care routine, consulting a dermatologist and adopting a healthy lifestyle. By following these tips and working closely with a healthcare professional, you can help soothe your skin and better manage the symptoms of rosacea. The key is to be patient and persistent, as it may take some time to see significant improvements.

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