Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Tips for Toning Down Rosacea Redness

One of the biggest daily challenges for rosacea sufferers is keeping their facial redness in check. Here are some ways you can tone down rosacea redness.

  • Try camouflaging makeup. There are several green-tinted foundations, concealer sticks and even green-tinted moisturizers on the market. The green color helps counter the red appearance, and can be used under other skin-tone foundations.

  • Use good fashion sense when selecting your wardrobe. Plain black and white will accentuate your redness. Try wearing softer hues like blues, yellows, khakis and other neutral colors.

  • Don't sunburn. Sun exposure is the most common tripwire for rosacea flare-ups. Protect your skin from the sun each day, year-round, with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher. Try non-oily or pediatric formulations if your skin is sensitive.

  • Avoid skin-care products that sting. Rosacea sufferers have reported that some skin-care products can burn or sting, causing redness and flare-ups. Stop using any product that causes this sensation.

  • Follow daily therapy. Use your medication each day as prescribed and avoid lifestyle factors that cause flushing and redness in your individual case.

A free rosacea diary checklist is available from the National Rosacea Society to help patients identify and avoid lifestyle factors that may aggravate their individual conditions. A booklet with tips on lifestyle management, called "Coping with Rosacea," is also available to members at no charge by writing the National Rosacea Society.