Anti-aging & Rosacea - Can you have both?

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Anti-aging & Rosacea - Can you have both?

19 April 2022

If you’re one of the 5% women or the 4% of men who suffer from rosacea, finding the right skincare can be an absolute nightmare. Rosacea skin is notoriously sensitive which means you can react to even the mildest skincare ingredients. If you have experienced the burning and stinging from a rosacea flare, you might have sworn off skincare for good. And who’d blame you?

But having rosacea doesn’t protect you from all the fun effects of skin aging like wrinkles and fine lines, dull skin and pigmentation. So can you have your cake and eat it too? Can you combat ageing and still fight off rosacea as well?

YES you can!!

Here are my top tips for people who want the best of all worlds;

Before we dive in...

1. Go for a gentle cleanser. 

Studies show that excessive cleansing can cause rosacea flare ups. The problems come from cleansing more than once a day, using foaming cleansers, using a cleansing tool more than four times/week, exfoliating activity and cleansing treatments in beauty salons confer the biggest risk for people with rosacea. It looks like a combination of mechanical damage and chemical irritation to the skin are compounded by changes to the skin’s natural pH. 

2. Choose a gentle broad-based sunscreen.

The sun’s UV rays are implicated in all those hated signs of skin ageing like dullness, fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation but they contribute to rosacea, too. The sun can cause inflammation in rosacea a sufferers, as well as those little dilated blood vessels called telangiectasia and be a major cause of flare ups. Physical (or inorganic sunscreens) not only offer broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays but are also the least irritating for rosacea skin. If you’ve tried a zinc based sun screen and hated the slimy ghost like appearance they leave, check out ESK’s Zinc Shade- no ghosting or slime, the most matte sunscreen around!

3. Switch to Retinal.

The biggest anti-ageing blockbuster of them all, vitamin A has long been a no-no for rosacea sufferers! Prescription tretinoin can be super irritating and so can retinol, which doesn’t have conclusive evidence to support it as an anti-aging product anyway. But RETINAL – the most effective and least irritating form of vitamin A is both
super well tolerated by people with rosacea and effective at fighting BOTH ageing AND rosacea! Winner!

4. Embrace Niacinamide.

There’s emerging evidence that
niacinamide has antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as improving skin barrier function and it’s increasingly being used in the treatment of rosacea. Which is awesome because it’s an awesome anti-ageing ingredient, improving skin barrier function, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin quality and combatting pigmentation.

5. Get your ceramide and hyaluronic acid glow on.

There’s a growing body of evidence that ingredients that improve your skin barrier and moisturize your skin like ceramides and hyaluronic acid help with rosacea skin. Well, that is awesome given that these very same ingredients can increase the skin’s hydration. And there’s some early evidence they might help in the fight against wrinkles, too. 

So there you have it! And who doesn’t love a win: win? You can beat back your rosacea and your aging at the same time!


Rosacea Skincare Kit - Anti Redness

Rosacea Skincare Kit - Anti Redness

This bundle is designed to gently cleanse, protect, hydrate and calm rosacea-prone skin. 

  • Reduce redness & prevent flare-ups
  • Restore skin barrier function
  • Target fine lines & wrinkles

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