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October 12, 2018
If you have rosacea, you’re not alone. The National Rosacea Society estimates that 16 million Americans have Rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition and it is important to work with your doctor or a dermatologist to develop a management program that works best for your individual case.
That said, there are a few things you can try to help manage your rosacea. To learn more about Rosacea and your potential triggers - read How To Manage Rosacea Naturally where we interview Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner, Kimberly Banting of Flourish Nutrition.
When it comes to skincare, it can be challenging to find a skincare routine that won’t aggravate your skin. There is no single ‘skin type’. Rosacea sufferers can have dry, flaky skin, normal, oily skin, or even combination skin. You also likely have very sensitive skin.
It is important to use gentle products that won't cause further irritation. Daily sun protection is also very important, especially if you have rosacea. Sun exposure is one of the top triggers for a rosacea flare up.
Rosacea patient surveys1 identify the following ingredients as potential irritants in skincare products. These ingredients can be harsh and if you have sensitive skin are best avoided:
Also avoid harsh astringents and exfoliators - which can be too rough on sensitive skin.
When it comes to rosacea, we like keeping things simple. It is critical to use gentle skincare products that won't further aggravate your skin.
This simple routine helps take the guesswork out of caring for your sensitive skin. The manufacturers of these products have told us these products are all safe to use with rosacea and may help soothe, calm and balance your skin.
Regardless of which products you use – always treat skin gently. Never rub or pull on skin – use your fingers or a gentle washcloth to ensure you do not irritate skin further. We encourage you to patch test new products to ensure you will not react to any of the ingredients. Everyone is different so it’s important to find your own triggers.
Scroll down to find the best skincare products for your skin type.
Oil cleanser: AM & PM:
When you have dry skin, the best cleanser for rosacea is a cleansing oil. Oil cleansing is probably the gentlest way you can clean your face. It helps wash away excess oil and removes makeup without aggravating skin. It leaves skin feeling clean and nourished without that tight, stripped feeling. This is the first step in your skincare routine.
Try Mokosh Makeup Remover & Cleansing oil. This gentle multi-tasking product functions as both a makeup remover and a cleanser. It is free of essential oils which can sometimes aggravate dry sensitive skin.
Alcohol free toner: AM & PM
Look for an alcohol free toner that won’t dry skin. Try Mokosh Pure Hydrosol Toner. This delicate toner feels calming on skin. It blends pure hydrosols of damask rose and lemon balm. It is PH balanced and helps prepare skin for your moisturizer.
Nourishing face oil: AM & PM
Face oils are the ideal antidote to dry, flaky skin. Packed with hydrating omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and other phytonutrients that can help calm irritated skin.
Try Mokosh Raspberry & Pomegranate Beauty Serum or Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum*. These lightweight face oils absorb fast and leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
* Note: If you are sensitive to essential oils - choose Mokosh Raspberry & Pomegranate Beauty Serum.
Moisturizing SPF: AM only
If you have rosacea, you must be especially vigilant with sun protection. The National Rosacea Society recommends using a non-chemical sunscreen with either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredient.
We like Honua Skincare’s Malu Protecting Day Cream (SPF 30). The cream formula is easy to apply without rubbing or pulling on skin. Extra sun protection should used if you spend long periods of time in the sun.
This is the final step in your AM routine.
Nourishing Moisturizer: PM
In the evening, we recommend using both your calming serum (see above) and a heavier moisturizer that will help soothe, nourish and hydrate skin.
Try Mokosh Pure Face & Body Cream. Formulated especially for sensitive skin. This thick cream contains vital lipids and antioxidants that soothe and hydrate without feeling heavy or sticky.
Even sensitive skin needs exfoliating. Opt for something extra gentle like Mokosh Cleanser, Face Exfoliator and Mask. Made with ingredients like aloe vera powder, oatmeal, pomegranate and meadowsweet which help calm and soothe skin. Leave it on your skin once or twice a week for a revitalizing face mask. For extra moisturizing benefits, you can mix with milk or yoghurt (dairy or vegan)
Cream cleanser: AM & PM:
There is no need to scrub vigorously to remove excess oil and any residue from skin-care and makeup products. Simply massage a small amount of your cleanser on your face and rinse clean.
Try Pa’Akai Cleansing Cream by Honua Skincare. This gentle facial cleanser helps cleanse without drying or irritating your skin and helps calm redness.
If you prefer an oil cleanser, try Mokosh Makeup Remover & Cleansing oil. This gentle multi-tasking product functions as both a makeup remover and a cleaner. It is free of essential oils which can sometimes aggravate dry sensitive skin.
Look for an alcohol free toner that wont dry skin. Mokosh Pure Hydrosol Toner is calming on skin. This alcohol free toner is a blend of pure hydrosols of damask rose and lemon balm. It acts as a mild astringent and the fine mist helps skin stay hydrated.
Balancing face serum: AM & PM
Oily skin needs a lightweight moisturizer that protects your skin and balances oil. Light oils that absorb quickly work best for oily skin.
Try a balancing face oil like Mokosh Elderberry & Chia Seed Beauty Serum or Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum. They help regulate sebum production, calm blemishes and soften fine lines.
If you find your skin gets too oily during the day – save this step for your PM routine.
Moisturizing SPF: AM
Sun exposure is one of the top triggers for a rosacea flare up. The National Rosacea Society recommends using a non-chemical sunscreen with either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredient.
Try Honua Skincare’s Malu Protecting Day Cream (SPF 30). The cream formula is easy to apply without rubbing or pulling on skin. Extra sun protection should used if you spend long periods of time in the sun.
Used once or twice a week, an exfoliator or mask is a great way to give pores some deep cleaning. Try Mokosh Organic Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask To use as a detoxifying mask, simply mix with a bit of water and leave the paste on for 10-15 minutes.
1 National Rosacea Society, Skincare and cosmetics
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