Identifying Rosacea, it's triggers and the key steps to soothing it

For many of us, the idea of natural flushed, rosy cheeks sounds glamorous, however, for some, the redness can go far beyond what’s ideal. For many, persistent redness, irritation and facial swelling is a part of their everyday life living with Rosacea.

Estimated to affect 1 in 10 people, Rosacea is a skin condition characterised by inflammation, most often affecting the face. Often mistaken for acne, eczema or a skin allergy, rosacea can be tough to diagnose. 

This common skin condition can be identified based on specific symptoms, such as:

  • Redness and visible blood vessels on the face, usually on the central parts
  • Occasional small red, puss-filled bumps on the face
  • Many people also experience rough, irritated eyelids
  • Flushing easily
  • Persistent redness
  • Facial swelling

If this sounds like what you’re experiencing, it is likely that you may have rosacea. Whilst there are no current ‘cures’ for it, here are some steps to minimising and soothing a rosacea flare.

Learn your triggers

Rosacea triggers may include:

  • Hot drinks/Spicy food
  • Red wine and other alcohols
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Wind or direct sunlight
  • Exercise
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Cosmetic/beauty products

Ensure you moisturise daily

Ensuring you moisturise your skin daily is key to prevent irritation. Moisturiser also creates a barrier to block out any irritants from your skin, keeping your skin soothed and protected. You may also like to consider a moisturiser with SPF for extra protection.

Use gentle skincare products

If you suffer from rosacea, it’s best to avoid anything that will irritate your skin. That means avoiding excessive rubbing, harsh cleansers and exfoliants for example. 

Choose mineral, fragrance-free makeup

Similarly to opting for gentle skincare products, this also applies to makeup. We recommend opting for a gentle mineral makeup brand, avoiding anything that includes alcohol or fragrance. 

Protect your skin from the sun

Using an SPF based product will ensure your skin is protected from a rosacea flare-up caused by sun exposure. Opt for a mineral sunscreen, including ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as these are the best options for sensitive skin types.

To soothe a flare, try a cold compress

One way to treat rosacea is to apply a cold compress to your skin. This will constrict the blood vessels that cause flushing, therefore minimising redness. 

Try a clinical treatment

We have a variety of clinical treatments that can address your concerns, such as:

Laser Genesis:

This treatment stimulates brand new collagen production and new cell growth to shrink pore size and close the tiny capillaries and veins that cause the redness including the papule and pustules present of rosacea. 


This treatment works by normalising and strengthening capillaries. The Healite ll is especially healing if any active pustules are present. It’s also antibacterial and revitalises damaged tissue while supporting and calming and strengthening the skin. 

Lavish Signature Facial:

The best part about our signature facial is that it can be completely customised for your unique skin condition. This treatment can be calming and soothing which is ideal for someone experiencing rosacea. We can also incorporate hyaluronic and peptide-based masks, antioxidants and botanical infusion during this treatment. 

Light Skin Peels:

If your rosacea is not active, and depending on your unique case, we may be able to perform light, gentle skin peels. This can be done once the skin is not in a sensitised state or aggravated. Peels are used once rosacea is under control to strengthen skin, preventing future flare-ups. These would be peptide and lactic peels to strengthen and hydrate your skin and deconstruct capillaries.

Ingredients to avoid

A key step to controlling your rosacea is figuring out what your personal triggers are and only using products on your skin that are right for you. To help you, here is a list of key ingredients to avoid if you have rosacea:

  • Tretinoin
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Hydroquinone
  • Witch Hazel
  • Menthol
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Harsh Soap

Products to try:

  • Aspect Gentle Clean Facial Cleanser 

A soothing and calming cleanser that removes makeup, clears impurities and provides antioxidant protection.  

  • Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum

A serum that reduces trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), encourages deep hydration and regulates the skin. It is also protecting, calming and balancing. 

  • Aspect Dr Multi B Plus Serum

Multi B is like Berocca for the skin! It’s a great booster, focused on regulating the skin, whilst also reducing the signs of ageing and soothing. 

  • Aspect Dr Redless

A multi purpose oil serves as a barrier protection, with a hydrating and calming layer of botanical properties. This product combines 21 plant based extracts that alleviate dry and stressed skin.

  • Cosmedix Pepoxide - Antioxidant Peptide Concentrate

This antioxidant packed facial concentrate is a key strengthener which feeds vital peptides and antioxidants to the skin to support, deliver and retain moisture.

  • Cosmedix Reboot

A hydrating probiotic night serum, focused on balancing and hydrating the skin. It’s designed to nurture and bring the skin back into balance.

  • Cosmedix Elite Reduce

A soothing facial serum featuring a complex of jojoba oil, rose-hip seed oil, willow herb and vitamins. It also includes a potent antioxidant called Totarol, which de-stresses the skin while adding moisture to soothe.

  • Cosmedix Rescue: Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask

A rich, protecting, soothing balm and mask. Featuring Vitamin E, and Fruit Enzymes, it is sure to calm and soothe the skin. 

  • Aspect Dr Resveratrol Moisturiser

A moisturiser that is a powerful antioxidant, focused on calming and soothing the skin, whilst pumping it with maximum hydration. 

All these products are available for purchase in clinic or alternatively please contact us on (03) 9827 9243 or and we can arrange for these to be sent directly to you.

So now that you have some ideas for your skin routine, how about your makeup? Find out more about mineral makeup here. 

More interested in getting a better understanding of your skin? Book a skin analysis appointment by clicking here.