Rosacea skincare

This week I continue my collaboration with Isabelle from A Girl With Pink Cheeks about rosacea, which we both suffer from.

As a sequel to my Rosacea Lowdown (read the blog post and watch the video) we’ll here in detail let you in on the products we prefer to use on our rosacea red skin.


– As a fundamental rule I prefer my makeup and skincare products to be paraben and perfume
free. However it can be difficult to attain. In Scandinavia we have a labeling called Asthma-Allergy Denmark, which makes it easy to identify these products. This way
I’m assured, that what I apply to my skin, is as gentle and hypoallergenic as possible.


– Parapharmacies are your friends: Most of my skincare products come from parapharmacy

brands. Avène, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Bioderma … are brands designed for sensitive skin and,

for me, a rosacea-prone skin is sensitive by definition.

– Do not add more than one product at a time in your routine: This is an advice that goes for all

sensitive skins. If you have a routine that works for you and you want to test new products, no

problem. But do not try more than one new product at a time. I introduced two new products

at once in my skincare routine a while ago and ended with a skin reaction. Which of the two

new products caused it? No idea. If you try one new product at the time, you can see if you

react to it or not.

– The longer it stays on the skin, the more attention must be paid to the ingredients: What I mean

by that is that I do not pay too much attention to the type of cleanser or makeup remover that I

use. These are products that I wipe or rinse right away. I’m much more careful when I choose

product as serums and moisturizers that spend half a day on my skin.


– My trusted Avène Anti Redness Cream is my stable, especially during the summer time. It

absorbs reasonably fast into my skin and offers good moisture. It contains SPF 20, which is

essential to protect your skin against UV-rays that act as a triggering factor to rosacea. But any

sunscreen will do and a SPF of 20 is sufficient.

– The Toleriane serie from La Roche Posay (LRP) has been well tolerated by my skin. Especially the

day cream Toleriane Ultra performs beautifully on my dry and sensitive skin.

– The LPR Baume AP, a richer cream, was my friend in need this winter, where my skin was

plaqued by dry patches and frequent flushing due to the cold and dry weather.



– Dermalex: This is my favourite product I have two or three back-up tubes in my bathroom. I apply this cream only on my cheeks and it does wonders for my skin, reduces redness, banishes the red spots.

– Avène Soothing Moisture Mask: Most masks quickly give me a burning sensation on the skin.

Not this one. It does what it says on the package, soothes and moisturizes. I apply it twice: a

first layer that I gently massage and a second one that I simply apply on the skin.


– My type of rosacea is dominated by redness and dilated blood vessels, mainly on my cheeks and

around my nostrils. For everyday use I’m satisfied with a tinted moisturizer, The Bourjois 123 

Perfect CC cream
has been my trusted base product for the last year. It gives a light coverage

and believable finish, AND this too contains SPF 15. Note that it contains perfumes, which can

trigger your sensitive skin, however I haven’t been affected by it.

– For more festive occasions I prefer a little more coverage. And coverage is what you get from La 

Roche Posay’s Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation! This foundation is highly pigmented and if you

don’t mix it with a moisturizer then you might end up wearing a pancake of foundation on your

face – oops! However, I recommend experimenting with the ratio of foundation and moisturizer

to suit your needs. 50/50 is a good place to start.


– Foundation: Hiding my redness is the reason why I started wearing foundation and tinted

moisturizers. My favourite foundation is currently the Teint Touche Eclat by YSL which is good

to cover redness. On days when my skin looks pretty, I just use the Laura Mercier Oil Free

Tinted Moisturizer.

– Concealer: The other ally to camouflage redness is concealer. I’m testing several of them right

now and I love the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.


Bioderma, Bioderma and Bioderma. Sensing an obsession? This hybrid of a cleanser/makeup

remover is by far the best choice for my skin. It’s a part of my daily cleansing routine:

– Washing my makeup off with gentle soap, e.g. LRP Lipikar Syndet

– Cleasing with BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water on a cotton pad

– Rinsing with water

– Finishing of with a gentle acid toner, eg. The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.

Read My Skincare Routine Edit here.

If you have rosacea skin, what are your tips and tricks to handle the situation when it comes to

skincare and makeup?

We would love to read your comments on which makeup and skincare products you can’t live without on your problem areas.

Thanks for reading!!

Xoxo Cæcilie and Isabelle


  1. 24. August 2015 / 17:14

    Hi, would love to try dermalex. Would it be okay for combination / rosacea skin? Also do you get bad flare ups when not using it? Thanks

  2. 24. August 2015 / 18:46

    I havn't tried Dermalex myself. It is Isabelle, the Belgian beauty blogger that has the experience with it.

    However I would recommend seeing you doctor, before you buy any sorts of treatment for your skin.

    I've browsed trough PubMed (a database for evidence based reasearch) to find some trials that would show the effect of this product, but no study was found.
    And the ingredient list doesn't contain any medical drugs that are proven to work.

    My point is, that any over-the-counter product (= that doesn't need a doctors prescription) is not subject to the same rules and regulations to make large studies that clarify whether the product actually works.
    So with these kind of over-the-counter-products, we don't necessarily have the evidence of their effect.
    The same goes for all sort of makeup that claim it covers this and last for so and so many hours, etc.

    I'm going to write a blog post about this in the future.

    I hope you'll find my reply useful 🙂

    Kind regars Caecilie

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