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Though rosacea can’t be cured, it can be managed with the right approach. Here are 4 steps to start changing the way you look—and live—with rosacea.

1. Go see a dermatologist

Left untreated, rosacea can get worse. A dermatologist can help you get the right treatment and the relief you need.

2. Create a gentle skin care routine

Work with your dermatologist to create a routine that includes these healthy-skin habits:

  • Avoid rubbing or scrubbing skin at all costs; rosacea-affected skin can be extra sensitive
  • Use a soap-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free cleanser
  • Wash and rinse with lukewarm—not hot—water
  • Blot skin dry with a soft cotton towel; avoid rough washcloths, brushes, and sponges
  • Avoid direct sunlight to the face and apply a daily, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15

3. Choose your makeup carefully

  • Use oil-free, scent-free, alcohol-free products
  • Apply green or yellow tinted foundation evenly on your face to reduce the appearance of redness
  • Always test your makeup out on skin that’s not your face, such as your neck or the inside of your arm
  • Consider buying antibacterial brushes to apply powder or blush
  • Use a light touch when applying all makeup
  • Explore the benefits of mineral powder, as many people with rosacea find it works well
  • Skip bright colored lipstick, which can draw attention to facial redness, and stick with softer neutral colors such as peaches and browns

4. Learn about your personal rosacea triggers

Get the facts about what makes your rosacea worse, and learn how to avoid the things that make your condition flare up.

Read about some common rosacea triggers

Want more rosacea information? Check out these websites:

Rosacea.org: an educational site created by the National Rosacea Society.
Interested to learn about prescription treatment options?

Rosacea skin can be very sensitive, so treat it extra carefully.