If you suffer from chronically red skin and adult acne or have been diagnosed with rosacea, you might feel overwhelmed when looking at products to soothe and heal it. Look no further as I’ve listed my top favourite soothing and anti-inflammatory, soothing ingredients to search for. Look out for when choosing your skin care products, or try some of my recommendations.
Top ingredients for tackling rosacea and persistent redness
Have you ever heard of soaking in an oatmeal bath to treat eczema? Colloidal oatmeal follows a similar principle, and is as simple and natural as effective ingredients get. This fine powder is created by grinding down oatmeal, releasing all the goodness within. The resulting ingredient is highly anti-inflammatory, soothing and anti-redness and tolerated by almost every skin.
The thick juice of the aloe barbadensis or aloe vera plant is perhaps best known for its cooling effect on a bad sunburn. But this plant offers similar results for inflamed skin from other causes, including rosacea. It’s perfect as a one-stop hydrating and soothing layer.
On a more scientific note, Azelaic acid has proven incredibly effective against the papules and pustules or ‘adult acne’ associate with certain types of rosacea, as well as treating the overall redness. Better yet, it is soothing too. Treat lightly however, as you might have to build up a tolerance to use these products.
An ingredient in many soothing toners and moisturisers, allantoin is helpful to promote healing, soothe and condition the skin.
Another skin soothing agent that is used in many skin-conditioning formulas such as lotions and moisturisers.
Green tea (cameillia sinesis)
Antioxidant, cooling and soothing, green tea is not only tasty but extremely helpful in treating rosacea and other inflammatory skin conditions. The key is the polyphenols and epigallocatechin gallate, found in green tea, that promote deep healing and even fight ageing.
I hope this article provided you a jumping off point to help you curate a collection of soothing products that work for you. Of course, despite our best efforts, not everything can be fixed at home. If your rosacea is severely disrupting your life, please see a dermatologist to look into further therapies beyond what over the counter products can offer. Good luck to all of you suffering from rosacea or any other chronic skin condition – keep persevering and you’ll find something that works for you!