The Best Cleansers for Rosacea

If You Suffer From Rosacea,

you know that it’s not always a simple fix. A customized skincare regimen that targets the effects of rosacea is critical for ongoing management. And the first step of any good skincare routine? A targeted cleanser for your needs!

Cleansers for rosacea have to not only clear dirt and impurities, but must be specially formulated to soothe skin, reduce inflammation, and calm redness. Not any old cleanser will do - and using the wrong skincare can make symptoms even worse.

Learn more about rosacea and our list of the best cleansers to use for rosacea skin!

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition predominantly affecting women ages 30 and up. While commonly recognized with symptoms of facial redness around the cheeks and nose there are actually four subtypes of rosacea that patients can experience:

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

Persistent redness, enlarged and visible blood vessels

Papulopustular Rosacea

Often mistaken with acne. Pustules (pus-filled blemishes ), swollen red bumps

Phymatous Rosacea

Change in texture leaving skin feeling thick and bumpy

Ocular Rosacea

Eyes are irritated and bloodshot, swollen eyelids

Patients with rosacea can have varying degrees and combinations of symptoms across these subtypes. While causes for the onset of this condition are unknown, there are certain factors that can trigger flare ups. These triggers include alcohol consumption, exposure to the sun, extreme heat, spicy food, physical exertion, and stress. While there is no known cure for rosacea, it is advised that patients try avoiding triggers in order to mitigate flare ups.

Of course avoiding specific triggers can be difficult, if not impossible at times. Luckily there are some amazing treatments out there that help by reducing signs and symptoms of rosacea.

What Makes Rosacea Skincare Treatments Effective?

When looking for a treatment there are a range of products to consider, as well as professional opinions from your dermatologist or other qualified physician. Treatments can include topical or oral antibiotics that help with irritating and inflamed pustules. There are also various laser and light therapies that aim to reduce thickening skin and visible blood vessels. However, today we are going to focus on the effectiveness of skincare products.

One way to treat rosacea is by investing in skincare products specifically designed to fight symptoms. Here are some key ingredients to look for when considering your products:

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the skin to help retain moisture. Moisturizers and serums containing hyaluronic acid are especially helpful for people with rosacea because of damage to their moisture barrier. Aside from being an incredible moisturizer, hyaluronic acid is also anti-inflammatory, which helps tackle the redness.


Ceramides are a composition of fatty acid molecules that make up 50 percent of the skin barrier. Think of ceramides as the sealant between shower tiles which you can think of as your skin cells. Together this creates the protective barrier that helps to lock in moisture. People with rosacea and other dry skin conditions typically have lower levels of ceramides present, causing dryness and irritation to the skin.


Epidermal water loss is another factor that leads to excessive dryness and irritation. This is where the glycerin steps in. Glycerin works by extracting water from the environment and dermis (second layer of skin) , and pulling it into the epidermis (top layer).


Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. This helps to reduce the skin's inflammatory response, as well as skin turnover and regeneration rate. This is ideal for improving overall skin texture and minimizing the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

Since UV light and heat are main triggers for rosacea flares, it is recommended to apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher before going outside.

As you can see there are specialized components that work to fight against rosacea symptoms- especially when it comes to inflammation and irritation from excessive dryness. See below for some of our best selling serums that incorporate these main ‘helper’ components and more!

Best Cleansers for Rosacea

When it comes to healing and soothing skin, OSMOSIS MD’s cleanse formula packs a punch...

From natural oils to it’s soothing gel formula, this cleanser is perfect for anyone who has red or irritated skin.

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Soothing chamomile is the key ingredient for this gentle cleaner’s anti-inflammatory formula.

This gel cleanser doesn’t dry the skin, and helps to protect the skin barrier from future damage.

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This cleanser targets three of the major symptoms of rosacea skin - dryness, flakiness, and dehydration.

This daily cleanser uses Vitamin E and Ceramide 6 to help restore and protect the skin barrier for overall skin health

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This extra gentle cleanser works great on its own, or as a double-cleanser to address dryness while balancing pH.

Made without sulfates or toxic ingredients, this cleanser is perfect for calming and soothing sensitive skin.

Caring For Your Rosacea Skin

Creating a skincare routine that targets the unique needs of skin with rosacea is critical to limiting any damage or uncomfortable symptoms. Starting with a gentle cleanser that will help heal, instead of further dry or irritate the skin, is an important first step.

Looking to build a routine designed for your skin? Shop our complete collection of rosacea skincare to build your custom skincare routine! Looking for advice? Just reach out to the skincare experts ay Beauty Nook for one on one tips and suggestions!