Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterised by skin redness and/or acne-like bumps. While there is no cure for this skin condition, you can surely make tweak your lifestyle to make the redness less obvious and flare-ups appear less often by changing your diet, limiting alcohol intake, minimising sun exposure and being mindful of the products you apply on your face. This is because certain skincare ingredients have been proven to trigger rosacea and increase skin sensitivity.

Ahead, five common skincare ingredients to avoid if you have rosacea.

 

01. Alcohol

01. Alcohol

Since rosacea-prone skin typically has a weaker skin barrier, it is important to use gentler, non-irritating ingredients and alcohol is definitely not one of them. Alcohol-based skincare products could dry out your skin and damage skin surface, leading to skin irritation and redness. This could worsen your rosacea.

 

02. Witch hazel

02. Witch hazel

Even though witch hazel is a natural ingredient with incredible antioxidant and astringent properties, it can be a little too harsh for rosacea-prone skin. A very common ingredient found in toners, especially for oily skin, it can cause a lot of skin irritation and sensitivity for those who are prone to rosacea. This is because witch hazel is usually mixed with alcohol or ethanol during the distillation process, making it a major skin irritant.

 

03. Glycolic acid

03. Glycolic acid

There is no denying the fact that glycolic acid is one of the best ingredients out there to revive dull and damaged skin, but the exfoliating properties of this ingredient are too harsh for sensitive rosacea-prone skin. If using a glycolic acid-based product can cause a tingling sensation for those with normal skin types, you can only imagine how it’d react on itchy, red and inflamed rosacea-prone skin.

 

04. Fragrance

04. Fragrance

Who does not like smelling like a floral bouquet after their daily skincare regimen? But if you have rosacea-prone skin, then it is best to use fragrance-free products as far as possible. Most cosmetic brands use a lot of chemicals in order to achieve the right fragrance, a lot of which could aggravate skin sensitivity and cause irritation. Therefore, always read your labels thoroughly to look for mention of either fragrance or perfume and avoid these products.

 

05. Menthol

05. Menthol

Skincare products with menthol or peppermint may feel extremely cooling on the skin but are really harmful to people with rosacea. The tingly feeling that is common is very harsh for easily-inflamed rosacea-prone skin. If used regularly, it could damage your skin and leave behind nasty scars and blemishes.