Rosacea is hands down the most annoying thing. It can hit you when you least expect it (like in your 20s and 30s, even if you’ve been blessed with flawless skin most of your life) and it can worsen over time, be a b*tch to treat or get rid of, and cost you a pretty penny if you start to seek resolutions via pricey laser treatments.
What starts as redness resembling a rash around the cheeks and nose, can wind up spreading to the forehead and chin, cause broken blood vessels, breakouts, and bumps, and often flare up when you’re eating spicy foods or drinking alcohol. You know, just living your best life.
All in all, it’s one annoying AF (although common) skin disease, but luckily there are ways to deal with it and lots of products that can help. Take Centella Asiatica AKA Cica, for example. As the legend goes, Asian tigers used to roll around in Centella Asiatica grass to heal their battle wounds – hence the nickname “tiger herb” – and would emerge less torn up. And it turns out that skincare products concentrated with the stuff work just as well, to banish redness, scarring, acne, and other irritations, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below, along with other soothing serums, hydrating overnight masks, and game-changer color correctors. Try ‘em out, then get ready to say #ByeRosacea.
Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, $90
When your face feels like it’s on fire, smooth on a high-potency, redness-reducing serum like Darphin’s under your moisturizer. Loaded with calming extracts, it will comfort and even out tone at the same time.
Yuripibu Asiatica Calming Ampoule, $38
The liquid inside this ampoule is silky, lightweight, and water-free, so you can reap the rewards of 95% pure Cica to really clear things up. Added hydration is another bonus, thanks to hyaluronic acid.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30, $52
When you are in a rush in and don’t have time for a multi-step rosacea skincare routine, reach for this all-in-one treatment. The award-winning formula goes on green to color correct, but dries beige, so you don’t run out the door looking like the Grinch. It also has SPF 30 to protect from UV light and contains sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium to help improve the skin’s moisture levels.
Elina Organics Probiotic Peel, $67
While one would think a peel might be too harsh for rosacea-prone skin, think again. A gentle leave-on peel (such as Elina Organics’) can actually help slough off dead skin cells, revealing a more balanced layer underneath. Use once or twice a week overnight, or to spot treat problem areas during the day.
Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder, $34.50
If the flush on your face tends to creep back in later in the day or come on full force after a workout, Clinique’s pressed powder will set things straight, upon contact. Caffeine, along with magnolia bark, mushroom, and grapefruit peel extract, works wonders when it comes to alleviating rouge under (or over)tones.
When it comes to rosacea, the rule of thumb usually is: Green-based products neutralize red, and Dior’s minty little vial does just that. A blend of cotton peptides soothes reactive skin, and antioxidant-boosting iris is safe to use on even the most sensitive faces.
Ildi Pekar Sleeping Mask Infused with CBD Oil, $125
Celebrity esthetician Ildi Pekar is a wizard when it comes to ridding the A-listers she works on of topical inflammation, and her CBD oil sleeping mask does most of her handiwork for you, while you snooze. And since the cannabinoids found in her mask are teamed with hydrating oils, they strengthen the skin’s natural barrier while stimulating cell regeneration. Which means you’ll sleep deeper and wake up void of a ruddy complexion.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream, $32
The battle against rosacea can be a long and arduous one, and sometimes you just need a powerful concealer to help a girl out. Enter It Cosmetics’ answer to the problem: A full-coverage correcting cream that camouflages red-toned skin discolorations like broken capillaries, blemishes, sun damage, and scars. Another bonus? It’s available in universal shades that work for all skin types and doesn’t sweat off.
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Anti-Aging Face Treatment, $229
There’s nothing that feels better against hot, inflamed skin than something cold and Dr. Perricone’s cold plasma treatment relieves discomfort like a charm. Yes, it’s a bit splurgy, and the smell can be a bit off-putting, but it’s worth the investment when you start seeing a difference in your skin.