What Rosacea Facial Cleansers Do I Use?
A reader on Facebook asked, "What rosacea facial cleansers do you use?" The answer isn't quite as simple as one product. I have a series of four cleansers I bounce through depending on the season.
Spring and Fall Itchiness
I usually rely on a couple of facial washes for rosacea in the spring and fall. These are the months that I find my skin is itchy. My dermatologist believes it's the allergens in the air. Pollen spores, mold, and mildew are all present at times.
SebaMed Liquid Face and Body Wash is my choice when my skin isn't feeling tight or dry. It's designed to match the natural pH of the skin. There are no parabens and it's hypoallergenic. It has a fresh, clean smell that's light and refreshing. It is a nice smell to wake me up as I take my morning shower.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is my other choice. It's designed for oily skin, but it has hyaluronic acid, which I find helps keep my skin from looking dull. It also removes excess oil without being drying. Oily skin isn't as big a deal in the fall for me, but it is in the spring when the temperatures start climbing.
Summer Relief From Oily Skin
In the summer, my skin becomes oily in the T-zone. I don't really get many pimples from the excessive oil, but the T-zone areas definitely look shiny and gross. Plus, I'm convinced that oily skin is not a good thing when the sun is out. When I'm not covering up in sunscreen during quick trips outside, I don't want oil leading to a burn. My skin burns within 5-10 minutes if I'm not protected. I don't always feel the need to put on sunscreen just to walk out to the garden or mailbox.
Ole Henricksen has an awesome facial wash that removes excess oil while being gentle. Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser really does help helps calm and soothe. It has aloe and chamomile to help soothe sensitive skin and smells a little like eucalyptus. It's my favorite summer facial cleanser for rosacea.
Winter's Dry, Flaking Skin Tendencies
In the winter, it can get well into below zero temperatures for weeks. It's not unusual to wake up to an outdoor temperature of 20 to 30 F below. When it gets cold and wind chills become brutal, my skin starts to resemble a desert. It gets really dry and flaky on my cheeks and forehead.
When that happens. I've had incredible luck with Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk. It's sold in my grocery store's organic section, but it's much more affordable at Amazon. The cleansing milk is milky and thick, so don't be alarmed if it looks more like a moisturizer than a face soap. It contains aloe vera, coconut milk, probiotics, fruit stem cells, and Resveratrol Q10. Almond and apricot oil are two of the main moisturizing oils in the facial milk.
It took a bit of trial and error to find rosacea facial cleansers that worked with my skin. It's frustrating, but keep trying. If any of these help you, I'm thrilled. If they don't, I frequently post any links for free rosacea product samples that I find in the Redface Solutions Facebook page.