You’d probably expect your skin care for rosacea to target redness without irritating your sensitive skin, but the best products tackle more than a flushed complexion. Yes, it’s the most well-known symptom of rosacea, but this very common skin condition — which affects 16 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association — is more than just a blush.
“Symptoms of rosacea include facial redness, flushing, patchy dryness, and acne-like bumps,” says Patricia Farris, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Metairie, Louisiana. She adds that patients with rosacea often complain of sensitive skin, making it difficult for them to tolerate many cosmetic and skin-care products. “This is likely due to the fact that there is a disruption in skin-barrier function associated with rosacea,” Dr. Farris says.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Eau Thermale Avène Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Mask, $40
- Best for Uneven Texture: Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster, $39
- Best for Dry Skin: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer, $22
- Best Moisturizer: SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer, $74
- Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask, $52
- Best Multi-Tasker: The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension, $11
- Best Cleanser: Replenix Green Tea Gentle Soothing Cleanser, $38
If these symptoms sound familiar, a dermatologist can help you determine whether you’re dealing with rosacea, and more importantly, which type of rosacea you may have. Connecticut-based dermatologist Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, explains that rosacea is broken down into four subcategories: papulopustular rosacea (characterized by “redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts”), erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (which means “redness, flushing, visible blood vessels”), phymatous rosacea (“skin thickens and has a bumpy texture”), and ocular rosacea (“eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and the person may have what looks like a stye”).
A board-certified dermatologist can help determine the proper course of treatment, which may include prescriptions and/or innovative over-the-counter products that soothe your symptoms. Multiple dermatologists also recommend products that repair the skin barrier to help lock in moisture and minimize dryness.
Sounds difficult to find? Actually, there are so many products that we needed a few of our most trusted dermatologists to pare them down. Ahead, find expert recommendations for moisturizers, masks, cleansers, and more to add to your rosacea-specific routine.