If you have flush-prone cheeks that sting at the mere hint of fragrance or tiniest drop of alcohol, you might have rosacea.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s a skin condition most often defined by symptoms like redness, raised bumps, and visible broken blood vessels, as well as increased sensitivity.
So when it comes to skin-care product for rosacea, that means simplicity and routine are key. “Rosacea patients are infamously sensitive and have highly reactive skin, making experimenting with products a bad idea,” dermatologist Dr. Estee Williams tells Insider Picks. She cautions against using “alcohol based toners, acids, benzoyl peroxide, and products marketed for ‘acneic’ skin,” as these ingredients may irritate highly sensitive skin.
Even if you strongly suspect you have rosacea, it’s a good idea to get an official diagnosis from a dermatologist before delving into the world of specialized skin care. While there are plenty of over-the-counter treatments and products that can help alleviate the symptoms of rosacea, a dermatologist may be able to offer more intensive treatments.
“[T]here are safe and effective treatments for rosacea, from topicals to pills, often covered by insurance,” says Dr. Williams. “In addition, your dermatologist may recommend certain lasers and light treatments such as the Lumenis Intense Pulse Light (M22) to curb the redness and visible broken capillaries.”
As far as what you can pick up in stores, there are plenty of options from sunscreens to moisturizers and serums that don’t have harsh ingredients that could irritate skin. Here are the very best ones.
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