Rosacea: What’s Causing it and 5 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

What is rosacea? Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease and is a medical condition. The cause of rosacea is not known. But if you have it, then you […]


What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease and is a medical condition.

The cause of rosacea is not known. But if you have it, then you know it can be a challenge to treat and manage.

Whatever the underlying cause for rosacea, one thing we do know is, extremes in temperature aggravate it and providing comfort, and extra protection is essential.

What does rosacea look like?

Rosacea usually appears as symmetrical redness across the cheeks. Or, in some cases, it can just affect the nose, and for some, it can present with lumpy or bumpy skin and acne breakout, this is known as acne rosacea.

Rosacea differs from sensitive skin which is caused by a weakened skin barrier. Skin or food allergies do not cause rosacea. Although over time, skin with rosacea can become sensitised and develop allergies to certain foods and topical ingredients.

How to reduce your rosacea symptoms?

Five skincare ingredients to avoid.

Glycolic Acid. 

You can still gently exfoliate your skin but opt for low-strength concentrations of Alpha Hydroxy Acids; Lactic, or Azelaic, which have a smaller molecular size and are more likely to strengthen and improve the overall condition of your skin.


A medication prescribed for the treatment of melasma. Hydroquinone bleaches the skin and is very irritating, so if you suffer from melasma or a skin pigment condition, opt for other less aggressive solutions, such as botanical extracts that inhibit melanin activity.

Soaps and scrubs.

Always avoid anything that strips the skin or is abrasive. It would be best if you didn’t use harsh scrubs, foaming cleansers, skin brushes or exfoliating face clothes on skin suffering from rosacea. It might feel good, especially if your skin is flakey, but you will be left with a hyper-sensitive rosacea flare-up.

Salicylic Acid.

Although salicylic acid, when used in high concentrations, can improve blemished and acne skin. It can also initiate a surge of heat to the skin. Once again, we highly recommend avoiding anything that heats up or stings the skin, even if it’s only momentarily; it can trigger a flare-up.


Medically prescribed vitamin A irritates most skin, especially skin suffering from rosacea. Opt for gentler esters such as retinyl palmitate or a low concentration of retinol to improve skin nutrition without irritating.

What can you do at home to calm rosacea symptoms?

As well as the actions you take to avoid a flare-up, keep your skincare as simple as possible.

We recommend the following:

Environ Mild Cleansing Milk

1. Environ Skin EssentiA Mild Cleansing Lotion.

Always choose a cleansing milk lotion over a foaming cleanser and try and avoid any cleanser containing glycolic acid or other irritating ingredients.

Skin EssentiA Mild Cleansing Lotion is gentle enough for even the most irritated skin and can is suitable for on any skin type, including oily skin.

Skin EssentiA Mild Cleansing Lotion contains Sorbitol to soothe and hydrate the skin and Jojoba oil to retain balance in the skin while gently cleansing away dirt, makeup and debris.


2. Aspect Red Less 21

A remarkable soothing skincare product. When the skin is in overdrive and desperately needs to be calmed, Aspect Redless 21 is perfect.

It contains Sea Buckthorns, which is a plant. The goodness of Sea Buckthorns is extracted from the leaves, flowers, seeds and fruit to make medical products and cosmetic preparations.

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil) is a unique solution providing a super antioxidant to support and protect the skin and improve resistance to environmental stress.

Red Less 21 also contains a super blend of 21 Active Botanicals, a potent mix of antioxidants to protect the skin from the harm and damage caused by free radical overload and skin stress.

Oil-Soluble Vitamin C is included in Red Less 21 to support the skin’s structure and make it stronger and more resilient to environmental stress.

Unlike Ascorbic Acid, Oil-Soluble Vitamin C will not irritate the skin and is safe for sensitive skin suffering from rosacea.


3. Cosmedix Rescue Balm

Rescue Balm is an Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask that helps rapidly relieve stressed-out sensitive skin with the help of powerful antioxidants that dramatically soothe, nourish and comfort for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.

With Shea Butter provides a hydrating and nutrient-rich barrier on the skin. D-Panthenol B5 to calm the skin. Cherry Extracts provide antioxidant protection, and Willowherb Extract reduces the skin’s appearance of redness and sensitivity.

It’s important to remember. A skin suffering from rosacea needs the benefits of highly protective ingredients to improve the skin’s protective barrier.

4. Aspect Sun Hydra Shield SPF15+

Sun protection is your best friend. Wear it daily, but opt for a zinc-based formula as chemical sunscreen ingredients can aggravate rosacea.

We recommend Aspect Sun Hydra Shield SPF15+ for daily use. It’s lightweight and super-hydrating.  And with the physical sun-protecting benefits of Zinc Oxide and skin-protecting antioxidants to protect from free radical damage.

5. Synergie Skin Recovery Balm

An all-purpose skin-repairing balm to soothe dry and irritated skin.

Enriched with calming botanical extracts and antimicrobials, this nurturing balm melts into the skin to soothe, hydrate and restore a damaged skin barrier.

You can get in touch.

If you’re suffering from this problematic skin condition and want more advice, you can book a skin consultation by calling us at the clinic on  02 8034 2140, or you can book it online over here.

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Melanie Russell Richards

Melanie’s knowledge, credentials and passion for the skin are unsurpassed. With over 30 years of industry experience, Melanie has a Bachelor of Dermal Science from Victoria University and is a member of The Society of Dermal Clinicians.

With so much knowledge and experience, it was time for Melanie to realise her dream of owning her own non-surgical skin clinic and establishing Select Skin in 2017.

Melanie is committed to treating her clients with honesty, integrity, and care. Achieving ethical and results-driven outcomes is the most rewarding part of her day.

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