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May 10, 2022

Understanding Rosacea: What It Is, How to Make Your Skincare Routine Rosacea-Friendly, and Treatment Options

A pinch of colour on the cheeks is desirable as it makes us look more alive and healthier. We own 50 shades of pink blusher and choose one to apply to the apples of our cheeks, or top of the cheekbones depending on your face shape, every morning. But sometimes it gets out of control thanks to a skin condition called “rosacea” that gives us full facial flushing like we’ve just completed a HIIT workout (or how we would look like if we ever did one).

Rosacea skin is complicated and is often confused for other skin conditions as it doesn’t have huge tell-tale signs that set it apart. There’s also no known causes or permanent solutions, so as we said, it’s complicated. But with a little help from us, you can begin to understand rosacea skin, how to control flushing with a rosacea-friendly skincare routine, and treatment options.

What Is Rosacea on the Face?

Rosacea, pronounced roe-zay-she-uh, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects women and men which typically appears on the face, usually the cheeks, around the age of 30. It can even appear in your late 40’s and 50’s. The symptoms of rosacea can range from subtle to intense and include irritated skin, redness, visible blood vessels, and zits – everything you don’t want to be dealing with in adulthood. 

Rosacea skin is commonly mistaken for other skin conditions like acne and eczema as they all share similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a professional diagnosis by a dermatologist or doctor so you don’t accidentally worsen the symptoms, which is easily done when rosacea skin comes with heightened sensitivity.

What Is Acne Rosacea?

If acne and rosacea had a baby, you’d be looking at acne rosacea, a combo skin condition that causes permanent rosy cheeks, and acne-like lumps and bumps – double the trouble and triple the inconvenience. 

Acne is often treated with acne spot treatments, and while acne rosacea involves breakouts, you want to avoid this type of treatment. Typically, they feature harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which work wonders on acne-prone skin, but they’re too powerful to treat acne rosacea and will only cause further irritation.

Acne Rosacea vs Acne

Before getting an official diagnosis, you might be curious to know the difference between acne rosacea and acne. Acne rosacea skin is more sensitive and can give off hot and itchy sensations. The redness from acne rosacea can spread further than the cheeks to the forehead, chin, and nose, whereas redness from acne stays where the breakouts are located. The type of spots is also different as acne rosacea will break out with small, pimple-like zits and acne can vary from blackheads, whiteheads, surface and deep cysts.

Can Rosacea Be Cured?

Unfortunately, rosacea skin has no known cure (yet) but there are ways to reduce symptoms and avoid flare-ups with prescribed medication and a few lifestyle changes. Typically, rosacea can be worsened by spicy foods, hot beverages, alcohol, extreme weather conditions (hot or cold), stress, and harsh skincare products. So, if your usual weekend plans involve a Mexican buffet followed by a boozy night out and coffee to curve the hangover, it’s time to make some changes.

However, you may find your skin has different triggers to the rosacea causes mentioned. If you still find yourself with rosacea flare-ups after switching up your daily routine, try to keep track of when your rosacea worsens and write down what you were doing around that time to identify possible causes. 

Can a Vitamin C Serum Help Rosacea?

Vitamin C is known to reduce the symptoms of rosacea as it contains bioflavonoids that strengthen weakened blood vessels. It’s believed that the redness caused by rosacea could be down to blood vessels being overly sensitive, and therefore, more prone to dilatation. So, a vitamin C serum can be used for rosacea skin as it’ll help to desensitise blood vessels and minimise redness. 

When choosing a vitamin C serum for rosacea skin, it’s recommended to choose one that’s specially formulated for the skin condition. Fun fact: IMAGE’s Vital C Range was created by founder, Janna Ronert, as a solution for her own rosacea – and it works! One of the best products from the collection for rosacea is IMAGE Skincare VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant A C E Serum, a combination of vitamins A, C, and E to banish redness and even out skin tone whilst enhancing skin health.

Does a Cold Compress Help Rosacea?

Rosacea flare-ups have a thing for bad timing. So, if you’re looking for a quick fix at home, applying a cold compress to a breakout of rosacea on the skin can instantly reduce the appearance of redness, swelling, and visible blood vessels. The cold temperate eases any uncomfortable sensations such as burning and itching, and contracts dilated blood vessels reducing their visibility on the surface of the skin.

Simply dampen a soft cloth with cold water or carefully wrap an ice pack and hold it against the affected area for 10 minutes at a time. If you want to treat yourself to a spa experience, add diluted essential oils with healing and soothing properties, such as lavender and chamomile, to the cloth and place over the entire face. To top it off, add sliced cucumbers to the eyes - rosacea, but make it boujee

How to Control Rosacea Redness with Rosacea-Friendly Skincare Products

Like the majority of our skin woes, there’s nothing a skincare routine can’t help with. You might have more skincare products than you can count, but unless they’re rosacea-friendly, it doesn’t matter how many of them you use. With just a few changes to your skincare routine, you can control rosacea redness and have the confidence to go bare-faced. Yes, really.

Facial Creams

1. Circadia Rose Ease Relief Cream 

If it has the words “rose ease relief” in it, it belongs in your rosacea skincare routine. This face cream for rosacea by Circadia is the perfect addition to your beauty regime as it works to calm redness with its rich, velvety texture packed with anti-inflammatory, soothing, and hydrating ingredients leaving your skin oh-so-smooth. It also strengthens the skin’s barrier to keep environmental irritants away and kill the Demodex mite thought to contribute to rosacea skin. Applying Circadia’s face cream for rosacea skin daily will help to fight off unwanted redness, so you can spend more time enjoying beautiful skin and less time worrying about sudden flare-ups. 

2. ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème

This luxurious face cream is suitable for sensitive skin types (hello rosacea) prone to redness and irritation. Sodium hyaluronate, a smaller form of hyaluronic acid that can reach even deeper into the skin, and jojoba ester restore hydration, while oat and Canadian willowherb extracts comfort and relieve the skin. With ZO Skin Health’s face cream for rosacea, you also receive a gentle dose of retinol to support skin elasticity, collagen health, and speed up the rate of cell turnover. Who says you can’t tackle redness and anti-ageing in just one step of your rosacea skincare routine?


1. Circadia Chrono-Calm

Circadia Chrono-Calm, aka the holy grail of rosacea serums, will provide instant relief and neutralise inflammation and dilated capillaries for an even complexion. Telangyn is a must-have in your rosacea skincare routine as it dramatically reduces facial redness by inhibiting the release of interleukins produced during an inflammatory response, improving the appearance of rosacea skin. Restore the tone and texture of your skin pre-rosacea with Circadia Chrono-Calm.

2. iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum Advanced +

This healing serum by iS Clinical is perfect for rosacea skin as it contains powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and vitamins to calm sensitivity and stimulate the healing process. It features botanical extracts to soothe the skin, 15% concentration of time-released L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C’s fancy alter ego), olive leaf extract, copper tripeptide growth factors, and vitamins A and E to increase cell turnover and produce collagen needed to repair damage. Regular use of iS Clinical for rosacea will help you to minimise flare-ups and trade the sunburnt look for natural, pretty pink cheeks – no blusher necessary. 

Exfoliating Masks

1. IMAGE Skincare VITAL C Hydrating Enzyme Masque

Now that we know vitamin C can help with rosacea, especially IMAGE’s VITAL C range, this masque has a special place in your rosacea skincare routine. It’s important to continue to exfoliate even with rosacea skin, but if you’re set on an exfoliating scrub being a trigger for you, an exfoliating masque is its gentler, younger sister. This masque softly exfoliates with natural exfoliants such as papaya and pineapple extract, whilst deeply moisturising and relieving dry, itchy skin with hyaluronic acid. Vitamins A and E work to resurface the skin with new skin cells to heal, brighten and reduce the appearance of rosacea.

Simply apply IMAGE Skincare VITAL C Hydrating Enzyme Masque liberally to freshly cleansed skin 2-3 times a week and leave it on 5-30 minutes to reveal skin that’s more radiant than red.

2. Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator

One of the best skincare products for rosacea is Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator as it’s specially formulated for all skin types including those affected by rosacea, acne, and even acne rosacea. The exfoliating 2-in-1 face mask and scrub features tropical fruit enzymes that melt away dead skin that dulls your glow, while fine walnut shells physically (but gently) exfoliate the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin without causing irritation and redness. At the same time that your skin is being exfoliated, nutrient-rich plant oils and honey get to work on moisturising and nourishing the skin.

As part of your rosacea skincare routine, apply Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator every 2-3 days in light circular motions and let it sit for at least 40 minutes to get the full effect. To use as a scrub, lightly rub it into the skin and wash off as normal. 

Rosacea Treatments at Young LDN

For those with more severe rosacea symptoms, we recommend combining a new and improved skincare routine with some of the best rosacea treatments in the UK - Notting Hill to be exact. 

1. IPL

IPL, Intense Pulsed Light, is an effective treatment for sensitive rosacea skin as it uses different wavelengths to penetrate the skin without breaking the surface to reduce redness. These rapid, strong bursts of light cause the blood vessels to tighten, which reduces the appearance of facial flushing. With just a few sessions of IPL for rosacea, you’ll find yourself reaching less and less for makeup – fresh faced here we come!

2. Skin Rejuvenation Yellow Light LED Facial

Similar to IPL, LED light therapy is a non-invasive facial treatment that involves different coloured LEDs to target a variety of skin concerns. For rosacea, yellow LEDs are a match made in heaven as they sooth inflammation and decrease the size of blood vessels to calm redness. 

Rosacea skin is more likely to experience secondary skin infections, and regular exposure to yellow LEDs boosts the lymphatic system to flush out toxins and bacteria. It’ll also improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to the skin for an overall healthy glow.

3. IMAGE Skincare Signature Face Lift 

For mild to moderate rosacea skin, IMAGE Skincare Signature Face Lift is just what the doctor ordered (the face lifting part is a bonus). The facial treatment combines vitamin C, fruit enzymes, and aloe vera to tone down rosacea redness whilst brightening the skin. For dry, aged skin that’s seen better days, it also includes a potent dose of hyaluronic acid to hydrate, plump, and add volume to the skin to fill out fine lines and wrinkles. 

4. Rosacea Facial Treatments 

As rosacea can flare-up from stress, what better way to destress than with a facial that treats rosacea skin at the same time? Get your zen on with one of the best rosacea treatments that works to nourish, sooth, and heal irritated and inflamed skin. The formula features antioxidants, calming peptides, stem cells, and botanical extracts, so you and your skin will leave feeling renewed. 

5. Consultations at Young LDN

If you’re unsure whether you have rosacea, acne rosacea, or what treatment is most suitable for you, a consultation at Young LDN will put you at ease. 

6. Consulting Medical Experts

Knowing what type of skin condition you have is the first step to treating it, but with Google at our fingertips, literally, it’s easy to fall into the self-diagnosis trap, and even easier to go wrong with rosacea. Don’t take a chance on your skin and bet your beauty, play it safe and consult with medical experts right here in our studio - a little expert advice from a consultation never hurt anyone, but a little Googling did.

7. Online Skin Consultation with Senior Aestheticians 

If rosacea is left untreated, symptoms can worsen and cause permanent damage, which is why it’s vital to get on the right rosacea treatment plan. As we all have unique skin, even those who share rosacea symptoms, your journey to recovery may be different to someone else who has rosacea skin. Booking a consultation with one of our senior aestheticians will ensure you get on a rosacea treatment plan that works for you.

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