Complying with long-term medical therapy may appear to be a demanding commitment. However, many rosacea patients have found that incorporating topical therapy into a twice-daily facial care routine is a painless and efficient way to comply with doctor's orders.1 In fact, the soothing regimen necessary to avoid irritating the facial skin or causing flushing can be a refuge of calm during a busy day.
Rosacea sufferers should avoid rough washcloths and tugging or pulling at the skin. Instead, a gentle cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive should be spread with the fingertips. Lukewarm water should be used to rinse, and a thick cotton towel may blot the face dry.
Topical medication may follow after 30 minutes, or when the face is thoroughly dry. Then, after an additional five to 10 minutes, a water-based moisturizer may be used. A green-tinted prefoundation, followed by a skin-tone foundation that offers moderate to heavy coverage, may be helpful to camouflage redness or blemishes.
Also, avoid skin-care products with ingredients that may sting or irritate the facial skin, such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, witch hazel or certain fragrances.
Garver JH, Wilkin JK. Flushing and Rosacea: Overview and Nursing Interventions. Dermatology Nursing. 1992;4:271-277.