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Is Your Skincare Routine Worsening Your Rosacea?

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Rosacea can be a daily challenge. Your skin constantly feels irritated and uncomfortable, and despite trying various methods, you might not be able to get the relief you desire.

Although rosacea is not curable, how you manage this condition will determine the extent to which it impacts your life. Apart from the obvious lifestyle changes (i.e. avoid spicy food, alcohol), you must be very careful about the skincare products you choose. 

In this article, we’ll outline the best and worst ingredients for rosacea and suggest products that complement rosacea treatment.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition. It is characterised by:

  • Redness of the face 
  • Bumps and acne on the face
  • Visible blood vessels


Rosacea is usually triggered by:

  • Exposure to UV rays
  • Extreme temperature changes
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Hormones 


Sometimes, skincare products can also trigger rosacea. That’s why it’s essential to know what ingredients to look out for when you’re looking through various products. 

Skincare Ingredients To Avoid When You Have Rosacea

  • Benzoyl peroxide 
  • Menthol
  • Camphor 
  • Alcohol
  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid

What Is The Best Skincare Ingredient For Rosacea?

There is no one best ingredient, as rosacea manifests differently depending on the type of rosacea you have and severity of your condition. However, here are some beneficial ingredients to look out for: 

1. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a highly recommended skincare ingredient to help reduce inflammation and strengthen your skin’s barrier function. As a form of vitamin B3, niacinamide has the ability to soothe redness and irritation while also providing a protective barrier to prevent further damage. 

Niacinamide is generally well-tolerated by people of different skin types. 

Tip: If you have oily skin, niacinamide is also beneficial for you as it can regulate oil production and minimise the appearance of your pores.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating substance that plumps and hydrates the skin without causing irritation. Since rosacea sufferers usually experience impaired moisture barrier function, having hyaluronic acid in their skincare routine can be helpful.

3. Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid. Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties can help calm your redness and inflammation from rosacea. Azelaic acid also has the additional benefit of boosting cell turnover to unclog pores, diminishing discolouration and improving the overall texture of your skin.

4. Tranexamic Acid

Tranexamic acid is a gentle ingredient derived from lysine, an essential amino acid. It works well on sensitive skin and has been found to alleviate symptoms of rosacea. Tranexamic acid combats inflammation in rosacea while helping to balance out skin tone. This includes reducing skin discolouration, redness and hyperpigmentation. 

5. Centella Asiatica

Centella asiatica is a leafy plant which is a rich source of active ingredients including saponins, flavonoids, phenolic acids and antioxidants. Having centella asiatica in your skincare routine can calm the inflammation on your skin, encourage the production of collagen and keep your skin hydrated – all of which can help with your rosacea. Also referred to as gotu kola, centella asiatica has been shown to promote wound healing as well.

6. Ceramides

Ceramides can significantly reduce redness and inflammation in rosacea-prone skin by strengthening the skin barrier and reducing water loss. 

When choosing a ceramide-based product for rosacea, look for formulations that are free of potential irritants and fragrances that may exacerbate your symptoms. 

Soolantra Cream: A Topical Medication Available In Singapore For Rosacea

In addition to your skincare routine, it can also be helpful to treat your rosacea with a topical medication. One option is  Soolantra, which contains ivermectin in a 1% concentration. It is specifically prescribed for the treatment of rosacea acne. It is advised to apply Soolantra on your skin once a day to combat the bumps and blemishes caused by rosacea.

Soolantra cream is a safe and effective treatment. In a 12-week study, more than 60% of the participants who used Soolantra cream saw an improvement in their rosacea. 

Professional Rosacea Treatment In Singapore

Using the right skincare products and topical medicine can reduce the symptoms of rosacea and make you feel good about your skin again. 

But if you’re looking for quicker results, then you may want to consider professional rosacea treatment. At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we provide solutions for the various symptoms of rosacea, from redness to acne.

Our Rosacea Soothing Laser Treatment, for instance, offers several benefits 

  • Treats inflammation to improve symptoms of rosacea
  • Reduces skin sensitivity, dryness and dullness
  • Calms redness and improves skin tone
  • Shrinks enlarged pores and refines skin’s texture
  • Reduces sebum production
  • Promotes collagen production
  • Makes skin clearer


This treatment is non-invasive, is safe for all skin types and requires no downtime. For personalised recommendations based on how rosacea and rosacea acne has developed, it is best to consult a doctor. At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we not only provide treatment but skincare products and aftercare tips that complement your skin’s needs. Make an appointment today.

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