5 Way to Reduce Rosacea Redness

Disclosure: This post was part of the Break Up with Your Makeup program sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Galderma Laboratories, L.P, all opinions are my own. You should discuss any medications with your doctor.

If you struggle with visible blood vessels, experience facial redness when you drink a glass of wine or think you have adult acne, there is a chance you might actually have rosacea. Years ago, I worked as a Medical Aesthetician alongside some fantastic doctors, and was able to see firsthand how frustrating rosacea can be to sufferers. Fortunately though, there are ways to reduce rosacea redness and other common symptoms by adjusting your lifestyle and treating your skin properly with the correct products.


Check out these 5 ways you can help get your rosacea under control, and your skin on the right track to becoming healthy again.

1)   Ingredients Matter: If you struggle with rosacea or constant redness, you need to be aware of what skincare products and ingredients you are putting on your face. In other words, make your skincare routine as simple as possible. Make sure to stay away from potentially irritating ingredients like topical alcohol, fragrance, certain oils and anything else that you have noted to cause extra redness on your skin. If you are unsure about what skincare products are best for you and your rosacea, talk to your dermatologist or skincare professional.

2)   Makeup Skeptic: It’s natural to want to hide your rosacea or facial redness with makeup but beware — certain cosmetics can actually exacerbate rosacea symptoms. Instead of using a traditional foundation and concealer, try only sticking to mineral makeups that contain very few ingredients.

3)   Healthy Drinks: Whenever possible, avoid alcohol which is a vasodilator – this means it expands your blood vessels, potentially causing your face to appear redder. Instead, try and stick to drinking only water or alcohol-free beverages.

4)   Be Gentle: Treat your skin as if you are treating a baby’s skin. Only use warm water and be soft with your touch. Don’t use harsh towels, scrubs, or anything else that would be abrasive to the skin and cause irritation. To be safe, you may want to avoid cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasions, chemical peels, or other skincare techniques that could be tough on your sensitive skin.

5)   See a Dermatologist: When in doubt, if you think you have rosacea, the best option is to see a dermatologist and have your skin evaluated. A doctor can recommend the right prescription treatment for you, such as Galderma’s Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* for the persistent facial redness of rosacea.

Now that you know 5 ways to help reduce rosacea redness, it’s time to stop putting off your rosacea treatment and take control of your skin. In partnership with Galderma Laboratories, L.P., we are inviting you to kick your makeup to the curb and Break Up with Your Makeup! Check out and enter this fabulous giveaway where you could be one of three people to win a $500 gift card just for voting on your favorite no-makeup selfie and skin confidence story.

Do you struggle with rosacea redness and other symptoms? What are your tricks to keeping your flare-ups at bay?


Xo, Kendra

Important Safety Information – Mirvaso® Gel*

Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin-burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions:  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome.  Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure.  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease.  Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported.  Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children.  Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.


*Each gram of gel contains 5mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base

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  • Those are all great suggestions! People with sensitive skin should always be extra careful about what they’re putting on their face.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Good tips! I think I had rosacea as a child, but thankfully I have grown out of it.

  • I don’t have rosacea, but I do have some redness due to sensitive skin in general, so I follow a lot of your tips already!

  • GREAT post. I don’t have rosacea but my daughter has some skin issues… I wouldn’t be surprised if she has this eventually.

  • It may be time to have a chat with my dermatologist.

  • So important for rosacea sufferers!

  • marciaf

    My mom had rosacea and I wish I’d known about this then. She was always so uncomfortable because of it.

  • I have sensitive skin, and my face gets red if I use harsh products or too many products too often.

  • I don’t have rosacea, but these are awesome tips!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Great tips to all those w/ rosacea

  • I’ve started to become more aware of certain ingredients that my skin loves, but I haven’t really identified any that it doesn’t, though there are certainly some products I’ll never use again after having a reaction. It’s a good idea to understand what we’re putting on our skin!

  • Awesome tips. I don’t have rosacea thankfully – dealing with my Eczema is a struggle in its own.

  • Great suggestions girl! <3

  • I don’t have rosacea, but these are fabulous tips!