Rosacea Skincare Routine

by Samantha MacKenzie

Rosacea Skincare Routine

It’s no secret that I love skincare and trying out new products. Besides reviewing them for the blog, I’m a qualified Beauty Therapist. I’ve been chopping and changing my skincare up for years with no major problems. I’ve had very mild acne in my adult life, but nothing too unmanageable. Unitl about a year ago…

I started noticing lots of small bumps on my cheeks. They looked very much like pimples, but the area surrounding them would become very red and itchy. I tried more and more products that were recommended for sensitive skin, redness, acne etc to no avail. It was during the trial of a beautiful YSL product that something clicked. The product contained active ingredients which would treat acne, especially mild like mine, but after 2 days of use with improvement, my skin would revert to its bumpy, irritated self. This has to be something other than acne right?

So, I googled red bumpy skin. I’ve seen rosacea. It’s usually red skin, bulbus noses, visible enlarged blood vessels on the cheeks. My mother has it and my symptoms are completely different. But my searches kept coming back to ‘Rosacea Acne’, at last I knew what I was working with.

What Is Rosacea?

“Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness. Rosacea can affect anyone. But it’s most common in middle-aged women who have light skin. There’s no cure for rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.” – Mayo Clinic

I’ve done a lot of personal research on the things people (others with rosacea, dermatologists etc) recommend for treatment and started by doing what I thought would be best for me.

Step one – Remove all active ingredients from my routine and avoid exfoliation. No more alcohols, acids or fragrances. Go right back to basics.

Step two – slowly build up to a minimal, gentle skincare routine. Makeup remover, cleanser, moisturiser, sunscreen. The less products you use, the easier it is to remember every step, every day.

My Current Skincare Routine

This brings us to the current day. My Skincare routine is dramatically different from what it was a few months ago. It consists of only a handful of products, that are basically designed to keep your skin clean ad calm.

Skincare Products

Makeup Remover

I use two different kinds, both from Clinique. Clinique is known for being Fragrance free and dermatologically and allergy tested. Both removers are also Ophthalmologist tested.

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes and Lips – This is for the stubborn makeup, even waterproof mascara. A little goes a long way. Shake well and apply to a cotton pad, hold over the eye or lip for a few seconds then swipe gently.

2-in-1 Cleansing Micellar Gel + Light Makeup Remover – This is my full face makeup remover. I find that it works well enough to remove foundation and the residue from the above remover, and is also a sort of pre-cleanse. This can be wiped but I prefer to rinse it off. This is non-acnegenic.


Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser – This is insanely gentle. Free from soap and fragrance, dermatologist recommended and non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic. It has a smooth gel/cream texture that provides an extra boost oh moisture with each use. I use this in the shower. Gently massage onto wet face and rinse well. The biggest thing to remember is to pat your face dry, rubbing isn’t ideal for rosacea.


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – This baby is amazing for hydration. Hyaluronic holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, while Vitamin B5 increases surface hydration and draws moisture from the air as well as containing anti-inflammatory properties to heal the skin.  I use this mostly before bed or when my skin is feeling especially parched.


E.S.K B Calm – This is my treatment skincare product. I Love E.S.K products and am lucky enough to get to review their products occasionally, and because of that, I found a little treasure. The active ingredient is Niacinamide (Vitamin B3),

 “an effective multi-purpose ingredient, having evidence for managing the skin’s natural oil production and improving acne and rosacea-symptoms. It also has evidence for improving the skin’s barrier function, reducing hyperpigmentation and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. In addition, it has evidence for reducing the risk of skin cancer.” – E.S.K

This is designed to be used each morning and I find it really soothing as soon as it hits the skin. I find that this works best on its own, after cleansing. I personally don’t like this under makeup, but this is due to the different formulas clashing. Under a powder it looks great.

I should mention, I did not introduce this product into my routine right away. I was using all of the other products for a couple of months before adding in something a little more targeted to rosacea.

Facial Mists

I always love a little extra. I’m a huge fan of facial mists, but I go for waters like the La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, or the Caudalie Grape Water. At present I’m using the Evian Mist. They’re not full of harsh ingredient but do a great job of refreshing the skin and setting powder makeup without drying it. If you use hyaluronic acid, these mists are perfect as it will be soaked in and really boost hydration.

While rosacea isn’t curable, it’s very manageable. You may find that simple skincare isn’t always enough, but a Dermatologist will be able to advise you in better treatments. I recommend doing what you can first within a reasonable budget, but of course if your symptoms are severe, consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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