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

Tips on Skin Care

Rosacea patients often must take special precautions in caring for their sensitive skin. Here are some general guidelines:


  • Treat your skin gently. Avoid rough washcloths, loofahs, brushes, sponges and hot water, especially hot showers.


  • Let your face rest. After blotting your face dry, wait a few minutes before applying topical medication. Then allow the medication to dry for five to 10 minutes before applying any make-up.


  • Ocular rosacea. Be sure to follow your doctor's directions for eyelid scrubbing or medication.


  • Use an electric razor. Dull razor blades may cause irritation on sensitive facial skin. Also, avoid shaving lotions that burn or sting.


  • Steer clear of harsh ingredients. Do not use over-the-counter products that may cause burning, stinging or redness until you've checked with your doctor.


  • Select cosmetics that are not irritating. Check with your doctor if you're having difficulty.