Cleanser for Redness and Rosacea

Cleansing helps keep skin healthy and looking radiant. But adding an extra cleansing step to your skincare routine might make you worry about flare-ups, particularly if you have rosacea or sensitive skin. With the right cleanser, you can remove dead skin cells, fight spots and avoid irritation. You can find the best cleansers for redness and rosacea, from trusted skincare brands, in our collection.

The best cleansers for redness and rosacea are gel and lotion cleansers, rather than scrubs. Scrubs will often be too rough and aggravate the skin, while creamier lotion and gel cleansers will clean while soothing and rehydrating.

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How To Use A Cleanser For Redness Or Rosacea

Skin redness is a common issue for those with sensitive skin. When you have irritation prone skin it can feel impossible to find the right cleanser that won't cause facial redness or trigger rosacea flares. These cleansers soothe skin and calm redness for those with a compromised skin barrier or rosacea-prone skin. 

Need advice on how to use a cleanser for redness or with your rosacea? Check out the answers to these popular FAQs below.

Is Redness Caused By An Irritated Skin Barrier?

There are lots of reasons why your skin might be red. Your skin may flush red, which will be temporary and not a sign of skin inflammation. You could have dermatographia, a harmless skin condition where your skin turns red temporarily from even light rubbing or scratching. Acne, an allergic reaction, sensitive skin or a skin disorder could all account for skin redness – and in part this is because the skin barrier has been irritated or damaged. 

If the redness lasts past a few minutes then you might have sensitive skin or an issue that is causing redness. You should speak to your GP or a dermatologist if you have any concerns. 

How Do You Stop Irritated Skin Naturally?

For itchy, irritated skin, including rosacea flare-ups, apply a cold compress to the affected area and moisturise with aloe vera, coconut or tea tree oil. This will help calm the skin, reduce itchiness and then protect it from becoming irritated further.

Having a sensitive skin barrier means it can become inflamed or irritated when exposed to chemicals. Certain make-up removers can be aggressive and cause redness in sensitive skin or rosacea flare-ups. Try a fragrance free make-up remover that soothes skin and contains hydrating ingredients, such as our La Roche-Posay Rosalic Make-Up Remover Gel.

How Do You Treat Rosacea-Prone Skin?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and texture in the skin. Rosacea-prone skin affects 1 in 10 people in the UK. Rosacea symptoms include chronic redness, visible blood vessels, irritation and in some cases, thickness of the skin. 

Direct sun exposure should be limited if you do have rosacea as it is known to aggravate the condition. People with extreme cases of rosacea tend to consult a board-certified dermatologist to identify how best to control their persistent redness and other symptoms.

Unfortunately, rosacea can't be cured but the visible redness can be reduced with the right skin care routine. These steps help to protect against inflammation and flare-ups: using a gentle cleanser made for red skin a few times a week, putting on SPF every morning to protect against sun exposure. 

Combine cleansers with La Roche Posay Rosalic Make Up Remover Gel for the perfect skin care routine for all sensitive skin types. For dry skin, use a milky face wash such as the Avene Antirougeurs Clean Cleansing Lotion and gently exfoliate.

How Do You Clear Up Sensitive Skin?

The skin barrier's function is to protect your body from external threats such as bacterias and viruses. Sensitive skin reacts to some of these threats more strongly, causing irritation and redness. Taking good care of your skin barrier will help with sensitive skin. Namely, try: 

  • avoiding hot water 
  • popping spots 
  • using aggressive chemicals – including skincare products that haven't been formulated for sensitive skin. 

People with easily irritated skin should eat well, stay hydrated, wear SPF daily and wash their face twice a day. 

Sensitive skin can be caused by a range of factors. Consult a board-certified dermatologist to help diagnose your skin type and identify what your irritated prone skin may require.

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