How to calm and conceal rosacea flare-ups

Woman's face and aloe vera plantIf you have rosacea, your GP or skin specialist will deploy topical creams, antibiotics and other treatments, often for months at a time, to control symptoms.

But there are things you can do to help yourself - Mumsnetters have plenty of tried-and-tested tips for calming and concealing rosacea flare-ups. 

What is rosacea?

We'll let one Mumsnetter describe what rosacea is like: "Rosacea can vary in severity for me. A mild flare can mean patches of bright red across my cheekbones, and nose and chin, looking like I am permanently embarrassed. A severe flare means that I develop pustules in these areas, on top of the red rash. It's called papulopustular rosacea, and I can be left with tiny red thread veins across these patches." 

Skincare ranges that Mumsnetters recommend to calm rosacea

  • Body Shop Aloe Vera range
  • Rosacea Care
  • Faith in Nature
  • Bare Escentuals
  • Dr Hauschka

"Akamuti products are completely free of anything chemical." skandi1

Make-up to conceal rosacea

  • Bobbi Brown Corrector
  • Estée Lauder Idealist serum for uneven skin tone and scarring
  • LilyLolo green powder
  • Bare Escentuals mineral make-up 

"Try to resist the urge to slap lots of cover-up on. I found that my skin got a lot better when I stopped doing all kinds of things to it" dreamingbohemian


  • Clinique Redness Solutions cleanser
  • Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • La Roche Posay gel cleanser 


  • Clinique Superdefense moisturiser
  • E45 Itch Relief cream 

"Use a moisturiser with SPF." winemakesmeclever


  • Green People sunscreen
  • Ultrasun factor 50 

Oils and soaps

  • Argan oil
  • Nip + Fab Multi-Fix Oil
  • Deep Sea Cosmetics mud soap

"Try a facial oil instead of a face wash or soap." lightrain

Rosacea skincare regimes

"I have had the broken capillaries cauterised regularly for about 13 years and this has reduced the red nose effect, which really gets me down when it's bad." NotBigNotClever
  • Make an aspirin face mask by crushing non-dissolvable aspirin and use a couple of times a week to reduce redness
  • Put pure aloe vera gel on your skin
  • Apply make-up with fingers rather than a brush/sponge
  • Don't use exfoliators, scrubs or rough towels on your face
  • Wash your eyelids and eyebrows with baby shampoo and warm water

Lifestyle factors that can help to reduce your rosacea

  • Drink less alcohol, particularly wine
  • Reduce your sugar intake
  • Stop eating spicy foods - chilli etc.
  • Minimise stress
  • Exercise
  • Drink more water
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Take zinc supplements
  • Take cooler showers or baths – avoid extreme heat
  • Monitor your diet to see if certain food types aggravate the skin

What Mumsnetters say about dealing with rosacea

  • I was a terrible state and I am fine now - I only get flushing when I drink wine or get stressed. It's not all doom and gloom at all, so don't give up looking for what works for you. I have great skin now and my eyes are fine. I appreciate my skin every day. Procrastinating
  • I think mine is very bad and noticeable but the reality is most people don't notice. I recently confided in a very good friend who was amazed and said I always looked so flawless. Perhaps she was being kind, but she looked genuinely surprised. skandi1
  • It's clear that it is a question of trial and error and finding what works for you. For what it's worth, when I first got it (five years ago) I was really upset and freaked myself out - it is actually really manageable, and no longer bothers me. harrietlichman
  • I have been clear of any significant symptoms for about six or seven years at least now. So a success story to the extent that I hadn't even thought about it for years. This contrasts with being extremely self-conscious about it every day at one point. Lovingfreedom 

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Last updated: over 1 year ago