Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is defined by "a chronic state of inflammation, which subsequently leads to facial redness, capillaries, acne-like bumps, and coarse skin texture," says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, the founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care.
As someone who suffers from rosacea herself, Tanzi asserts that though it's genetic, there are ways to treat it (and make it worse). "In general, I never put my face in hot water, I don't go in hot tubs or steam rooms, as it really takes a toll on my skin. I wash my face at the sink with tepid water. It's important to avoid rosacea 'triggers,' such as hot weather and too much sun, cold weather and windburn, stress, alcohol, and caffeine." In addition, Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology recommends using very gentle, non-irritating products that are pH-balanced.
Below, the two experts reveal the ten best brands for those with rosacea.
"Recent research suggests that when applied topically, probiotics secrete anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory substances that help with conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea," says Roshini Raj, MD, gastroenterologist, doctor of internal medicine, and founder of the probiotic-based skincare line, Tula. "By calming inflammation, probiotics are also effective in targeting wrinkles and preventing premature aging."
"I like the Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray ($14) or mineral waters because of the anti-inflammatory effects. It's great for those with sensitive or rosacea-prone skin," Tanzi says.
"Both Cetaphil and Cerave are pH-balanced and free of fragrance. They also help repair the skin's barrier with ceramides—which means skin is stronger, healthier, and less likely to flare," Nazarian says.
"I have rosacea, and my skin is very sensitive, but exfoliation is important for skin health. The Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System ($129) exfoliates gently without irritation, but only use once or twice weekly with the sensitive brush," says Tanzi.
"Elta MD is another fantastic brand that contains niacinamide in its products to aid in decreasing redness," Nazarian says.
"The Glyderm Gly Mask ($38) is a great mask to soothe rosacea, as it's clay-based with glycolic acid. The key to soothing irritated skin is [in] the clay; it has a soothing effect," Tanzi says.
"Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser For Sensitive Skin ($8) is one of the best drugstore cleansers for rosacea-prone skin. Plus, it will even remove makeup without irritation," says Tanzi.
"Prosacea is an over-the-counter, sulfur-based topical treatment that can help with rosacea breakouts. If it doesn't help reduce the rosacea bumps, then a trip to the dermatologist is needed," Tanzi says.
"Vanicream makes products that are free of dyes, fragrance, sulfates, and parabens—which is a great option for those with rosacea," Nazarian says. "[The brand] also makes shampoos, conditioners, and sunscreen."