Many of us experience redness on our face from time to time, particularly those of us with sensitive skin, but if you find it happening regularly you may have rosacea. If this is the case, regular moisturisers and makeup may not cut it so you’ll need to invest in the best rosacea cream.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes your complexion to become red and inflamed. Characterised by persistent redness caused by dilated blood vessels, small bumps and spots similar to acne, rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose.
Unfortunately it is more common in women, and affects an estimated one in 10 people in the UK.
Frustratingly, experts aren’t precisely sure what causes rosacea, nor how to cure it, and it can be triggered by multiple things including genetics, stress and environmental factors such as hot weather. What’s more, flare-ups can be unpredictable.
Whilst there is no cure as such, there’s a plethora of rosacea treatments to help keep it at bay, or at least tackle flare-ups when they catch you unaware. Below are some of the best rosacea creams on the market, designed to suit a range of budgets.
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From £14.99 | Buy now from Boots
Why we love it: Because three products are better than one! Cetaphil is a specialist in sensitive and dry skin, and with the launch of its Cetaphil PRO range it has ensured every stage of your daily skincare regime targets your redness-prone skin.
Consisting of Cleansing Facial Wash, Tinted Moisturising Day Cream SPF30+ and Moisturising Night Cream, the Cetaphil PRO range has you covered.
The cleansing facial wash has a mild formulation designed to calm sensitive skin, and can be used morning and night to remove impurities, excess oil and makeup. The night cream does exactly what is says on the tin and is superb for overnight skin repair, strengthening and supporting the skin’s barrier function.
The saving grace in this range, though, has to be the multifunctional tinted moisturising day cream – not only does it contain SPF protection with mineral-based UV filters, to help protect the skin, but the neutral tinted formulation helps to even skin tones and reduce the appearance of redness.
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£17.50 | Buy now from La Roche Posay
Why we love it: A trusted brand at half the price, and incredibly effective, La Roche Posay is renowned for its Thermal Spring Water. It also sells a variety of products in its Rosaliac range, carefully designed to soothe red, sensitive skin, as well as balancing tone and reducing flare-ups.
Whilst we only have a small amount of redness around our nose, we could see a tangible difference after just a few days of using the Rosaliac UV Riche Anti-Redness Moisturiser.
Designed to hydrate and comfort the skin as well as reduce the appearance of redness, the cream contains a patented Mexoryl XL filter system and provides SPF 15 and UVA protection.
This is a cult skincare product and a definite must-have for anyone prone to redness.
£32 | Buy now from Beauty Bay
Why we love it: This is the dream cream, offering everything and more for sensitive skin. Given the name, this Scandinavian brand wouldn’t look out of place in the kitchen, but it certainly deserves its seat in the bathroom cabinet with daily essentials. We’ve been using its Ecooking Eye Cream as well recently and can vouch for its effectiveness.
This award-winning rosacea cream glides on the skin and a little goes a very long way. The results are amazing after just one week of use.
Not only does it alleviate inflamed skin, reducing and soothing redness, but it moisturises beautifully and contains a blend of skin-calming and plumping ingredients to draw water to the upper layers of the epidermis, providing a protective seal over the skin.
The anti-inflammatory effects are incredible and offer almost instant relief from irritation and tightness of the skin.
Whilst the price tag is a little higher, it’s worth digging deep to reap the benefits of this cream.
Why we love it: IT Cosmetics was the latest company to feature in our Brand Spotlight series, and this CC cream is must-have for colour correction – as well as solving a whole host of other skin and makeup woes.
IT Cosmetics is the cult make-up favourite developed with the help of leading plastic surgeons for clinically proven beauty solutions. Whilst the colour correcting cream isn’t a rosacea treatment as such, it certainly goes a long way to providing a confidence pick-me-up.
The CC cream helps to cover redness, get rid of dark circles under eyes and minimise the appearance of pores whilst providing hydration, enhancing anti-ageing. All complete with SPF 50. Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins, this cream will leave your skin luminous, supple, and with a flawless-looking complexion.
Rosacea can crop up when you least expect it, but for some, it’s a daily battle. Being able to hide the resulting redness when there is no quick fix in sight can be a silver lining for many sufferers.
£30 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Developed by bioscientists, and especially suited for people sensitive skin, this cream can help with rosacea, cuperose, blemishes, spots and flushes.
The micro-encapsulated pigments in the Rosalique cream mask redness and unevenness instantly and the green outer layer of the micro balls neutralises inflamed patches.
This means that when you first apply the 3-in-1 cream to your skin, it goes on green before developing into an orange colour as you massage it in. It eventually goes to neutral tone, have neutralised the redness and other uneven patches of skin.
It also helps calm and soothe the skin and, because of its SPF50 rating, it protects from damaging or irritating UVA and UVB rays. This can be used as a primer, a CC cream or as a standalone foundation. We’ve also used it as a concealer, which all go towards its high price and make it good value for money.
Alicia is a PR consultant and freelance journalist with more than a decade specialising in all things tech. In her free time, when not juggling three children, she writes beauty articles and can be found wining and dining writing food and drink reviews