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Rosacea care: avoid triggers and reduce redness

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Rosacea ist eine Hauterkrankung, die sich mit Rötungen zeigt

Couperose or rosacea can be really uncomfortable and have an extreme effect on well-being. The skin is extremely sensitive with the so-called copper rose. The skin reacts to everything. Therefore, it is worth taking a closer look at the cosmetic products: Because finding suitable skin care for rosacea can be like the proverbial search for a needle in a haystack.

( Last change: 03.12.2022)

Avoid rosacea triggers. These include, for example, fragrances, aggressive surfactants or mineral oil.

Use mild products, if possible with skin-friendly ingredients that do not trigger your rosacea. For example azelain or ectoine.

Rosacea is always individual, so sometimes just trying it out helps.

What is rosacea or couperose?

Rosacea is a skin condition with reddening of the face, often with inflammatory papules and pustules. Other names are couperose or the German terms Kupferrose, Kupferfinne or Rotfinne.

Couperose usually only begins in their late 20s or early 30s. This makes it particularly difficult for many people with couperose, because many had hardly had to think about skin care and make-up before and are now faced with the question: Which cosmetics for rosacea?

Woman with rosacea: Flat areas of redness on the cheeks and eyelids

What is rosacea or couperose: treatment and experiences

How is rosacea treated?

If you have been diagnosed with rosacea or if you suspect that rosacea is the explanation for your changed complexion with redness, dilated veins or pustules: Don't stress for now: If you take good care of your skin you have good options. Rosacea is a highly individual skin story with no one-size-fits-all solution. And you will find your own way of dealing with couperose.

An important part of treating rosacea is avoiding triggers, which can make redness and other symptoms worse.

There are different stages of rosacea / couperose. And depending on the stage, therapy with medication, laser treatment or surgical intervention can also be useful. Talk to your dermatologist about this.

In any case, an essential part of the treatment is cosmetics for rosacea. On the one hand because many triggers can be contained in cosmetic products and on the other hand because the right skin care can calm the skin and make-up can significantly improve the quality of life. This article is about care for couperose. An article on the topic of make-up for rosacea will appear here soon.

Facial care for rosacea

The most important thing in caring for rosacea is to completely eliminate possible triggers. Unfortunately, there can be many.

In the next sections you will find out which cosmetic ingredients can trigger rosacea. In the second part you will learn which active ingredients and which rosacea skin care products can work well.

Avoid rosacea triggers

Unfortunately, there are a lot of products on the market that claim to be mild and non-irritating, but unfortunately most of them are not suitable for rosacea at all.

If you have rosacea, you do not tolerate many ingredients in cosmetic products on your skin. And unfortunately, products that work for other people with rosacea may not necessarily work for you. If you are reacting to skin care products or if you feel your rosacea is being fueled, it is always best to stop using the products immediately. When it comes to rosacea - as is generally the case with sensitive skin - your own skin is and remains your best advisor. Be sure to listen to their honest feedback.

Listen to your skin's feedback

As a guide, you can use the following list of possible rosacea triggers. Try to avoid these triggers as much as possible.

Cosmetic ingredients that may trigger rosacea

The following ingredients are triggers for most people with Rasacea / Couperose. Click on an ingredient to go directly to the relevant section.

It is individual for the following ingredients: some people with rosacea tolerate them, others do not. Here you can try whether you tolerate them. Some of the ingredients can also have positive properties. Sometimes it depends on the crowd too.

There may be situations where you cannot find a product that meets all your requirements. The topic of sun protection is one of the most difficult. Sun protection can hardly be produced in a way that does not contain rosacea triggers and at the same time provides sufficient sun protection. However, sun protection is especially important for rosacea. That's why we've created a sun protection guide for sensitive skin . With such products, unfortunately, the only thing that helps at the moment is to try them out.


Caution: Dermatologists sometimes prescribe cortisone creams when rosacea has not yet been clearly diagnosed. If you have rosacea or think you might have it, it's best not to take cortisone because it can trigger rosacea. It is best to find a dermatologist who is familiar with rosacea.


You should definitely avoid fragrances in all your cosmetic products. However, fragrances do not only mean conventional perfumes . Conventional natural cosmetics and many conventional products often contain essential oils instead of perfume. They also belong to the fragrances, are usually even more irritating and can trigger your rosacea.

pH too high or too low

Rosacea is very sensitive to alkaline skin care products. Soaps, for example, are alkaline and can make your skin very sensitive . But products that are too acidic, such as acid peelings, can also be problematic. Your skin 's natural pH is around 5.5 . And you should definitely keep it, because it keeps the protective acid layer intact. This protects your skin from bacteria and viruses. Alkaline skin care can attack the acid mantle and dry out the skin. As a result, pathogenic microorganisms can settle more easily.

Aggressive surfactants

Make sure that there are no aggressive surfactants in your facial cleansing. You can recognize very strong surfactants under these names:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

These harsh surfactants strip your skin of too much oil and make it more sensitive, so your rosacea could come back faster.

Be careful with too

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine (not to be confused with the moisturizing Betaine )

Although this is a mild surfactant, it can often cause contact allergies. Since the skin barrier is weakened in rosacea, the risk is higher here.

You can find more about surfactants and cleaning in these articles:

Hand of a woman with cleansing foam

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Drying alcohols

Many alcohols are drying. They are used in many cosmetic products. But why? Sometimes they are used to improve the texture of products or to allow certain active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. Incidentally, in conventional natural cosmetics , drying alcohols are often used as preservatives to replace parabens, which are not allowed in natural cosmetics. Unfortunately, this type of alcohol dries out your skin. With regular use, you would constantly deprive your sensitive skin of the necessary fats. But your skin needs fats to keep moisture in. If too much fat is removed, your skin loses too much moisture throughout the day. And the skin then tries to compensate for this imbalance between a constant lack of moisture and regular removal of fat by simply becoming oily in an uncontrolled manner. Because your skin is then no longer in balance, it can react more sensitively to stimuli from the environment. Red or inflamed pustules can develop more easily, allowing your rosacea to bloom. And you want to avoid all of that. Therefore, it is best to consistently avoid skin care and cosmetic products with drying alcohols. You can recognize drying alcohols in the INCI list by the following designations:

  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol denat.
  • Denatured alcohol
  • ethanol
  • isopropanol

  • isopropyl alcohol
  • SD alcohol 40
  • SD alcohol
  • propanol
  • propyl alcohol

Inset: Not all alcohols are problematic. So-called fatty alcohols can even provide moisture and are therefore good helpers in skin care. But: cetearyl alcohol can cause irritation in rosacea, although it is a fatty alcohol.

More about fatty alcohols in the proper preservation section below.

mineral oil

Mineral oils are too heavy for rosacea. They lay on your skin and imprison it. In the worst case, this can stimulate blood circulation too much, which could lead to flushing or new inflammation. You can recognize mineral oils, for example, by the following names in the INCI list:

  • Mineral Oil

  • petrolatum

  • Liquid paraffin

  • Paraffin Subliquidum

  • Cera Microcristallina

  • Microcrystalline Wax

  • ozokerite

  • ceresin

  • vaseline


While urea ( urea ) can help very well with sensitive neurodermatitis, rosacea is triggered by urea. Urea is too rich and conclusive for couperose and flares up inflammation.

Mechanical irritations and peelings

Mechanical peels should be a clear no-no for your skin. They contain sharp exfoliating granules that can damage your skin. Micro tears can appear in your skin that you cannot see with the naked eye. And these are ideal entry points for germs that can cause inflammation. You won't be able to evenly regulate the pressure with your hands that easily either. Excessive pressure stimulates blood circulation too much. This causes your vessels to dilate and your face to flush. And you should definitely avoid constant blushing with rosacea, as the vessels are weakened and then may remain dilated. As a result, your face would remain red. Therefore, it is best not to use such mechanical peelings:

  • vigorously rubbing the skin with a towel or muslin cloth

  • mineral clay / healing clay or chalk (also dry out the skin if you use it pure. These substances can sometimes also be found in make-up or other products in a very finely ground form and are then unproblematic)

  • Apricot kernels or other harsh peeling grains

  • DIYs with salt, sugar and co.

  • Loofah Sponges

  • facial brushes

  • konjac sponges

Tip: plant fiber sponge

Our plant fiber sponge is a mild and sustainable alternative to mechanical peelings, konjac sponges, etc.

  • double pack
  • Washable at 60°C
  • plastic-free
  • vegan

fruit acids and fruit extracts

In natural cosmetics, fruit acids or fruit extracts are often used, such as pineapple, papaya or hibiscus extract. These act as an exfoliant similar to AHAs . And unfortunately they have the disadvantage that you don't know exactly what concentration of natural active ingredients is in your product. And the natural acidity of fruit extracts can vary greatly. The acidity can be subject to natural fluctuations. So for rosacea, avoid fruit extracts like these:

  • papaya extract

  • Hibiscus Extract

  • pineapple extract

PEGs (individual)

Derivatives of PEG (polyethylene glycol) are used in cosmetics as emulsifiers. Some skin types tolerate them without problems. However, rosacea has difficulties with PEG substances as they make the skin more permeable to other substances. PEGs also wash too many good oils out of your skin, and that could then be a trigger factor for your rosacea. In the worst case, this fuels inflammation. This is to be avoided. Therefore, it is best to look for a skin care product without PEG.

By the way, no PEGs are used in real natural cosmetics and at Xeno we only use the skin's own emulsifiers.

Parabens (individual)

In conventional cosmetics, skin care products are often made very durable with the help of parabens. Parabens are not allowed in natural cosmetics. Parabens are synthetic preservatives. They are excellent against all kinds of germs and thus ensure that your skin care is extremely durable even after opening. However, parabens are suspected of affecting the endocrine system . This does not necessarily mean that parabens are harmful, but if you have sensitive skin and especially rosacea, it can make sense to avoid parabens if possible.

Unprocessed oils and fats (individual)

You have probably already noticed that some creams are too heavy on your sensitive skin. This is because if your skincare routine contains too many greasy vegetable oils, waxes, or butters, it can trigger your rosacea.

Too much fat is heavy on your skin. Under such a coat of fat, rosacea skin can start to sweat. Such a build-up of heat can lead to your blood circulation being stimulated too much and your skin reddening - the so-called flush occurs. Facial redness often leads to inflammatory processes that cause your couperose to bloom.

Remember: In an unprocessed vegetable oil there is not only one ingredient but a variety of different nutrients, fats and vitamins. Don't get this wrong: These substances can also be very good for the skin. In the case of rosacea in particular, however, unprocessed oils can overwhelm the skin. With an oil blend, your skin has even more ingredients to deal with. And you don't know what you could and couldn't handle from the mix.

Pure oils should generally never be applied directly to dry skin. They can dry out the skin over time. Facial oils should only be applied to damp skin and preferably over a cream.

Unprocessed vegetable oils are also often a component of creams. It may be that the amount is so small that you tolerate the cream well. You should try this individually.

You may well tolerate some oils. But only try one oil at a time and don't change your routine otherwise. Here are a few vegetable oils that are usually slightly better tolerated:

  • Jojoba oil (for combination skin and slightly dry skin; similar to the sebum of the skin)

  • Hemp oil (for oily skin prone to pimples and inflammation, contains linoleic acid )

  • Rosehip seed oil (also called rosehip oil or wild rose oil; can be an alternative to hemp oil, but has a stimulating effect and can therefore sometimes trigger a rosacea flush)

Find out what works best for you and your skin: In contrast to silicones, vegetable oils also have a caring effect because they also contain nutrients and vitamins. However, you should be careful with rosacea with unprocessed vegetable oils, whether pure, in creams or oil mixtures.

There are also alternatives to the unprocessed vegetable oils, which are usually better tolerated by sensitive skin. More on that below.

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silicones (individual)

Creams with silicone often feel very light. Unfortunately, silicone should be used with caution if you have sensitive rosacea skin. Some people with rosacea cannot tolerate silicones. That is very individual. And not every silicone is the same. Silicones are used in skin care, among other things, to prevent the skin from losing moisture. This can work well for many skin types and very oily skin types in particular usually benefit from oil-free products, because oily skin often only tolerates little oil. Incidentally, a mild moisturizer without oil and silicone can help because it can combine with the natural fat on the skin. Oily skin does not necessarily need a cream if it is not tight, which would mean a lack of moisture.

There are no silicones in natural cosmetics. But it is sometimes difficult with the vegetable oils.

You can recognize silicones in the INCI list by names like this:

  • Dimethicone

  • methicone

  • polysiloxanes

  • Cyclomethicone

Potent active ingredients (individual)

Since rosacea is very sensitive to any kind of stimulus, potent active ingredients can be too much.

For example, some people with couperose tolerate niacinamide very well, others are very sensitive to it and get more pustules, redness and inflammation. If you want to start with niacinamides, only use low concentrations under 5%. Listen to your skin's feedback. If the use concentration is not specified, do not use the product, as concentrations of 10% Nacinamide or more are also on the market.

Some can handle low doses of retinol , and it can reduce rosacea symptoms. Others react even to the smallest amounts. However, there are enough more tolerable alternative active ingredients. We therefore recommend not to use retinol with rosacea as a precaution.

By the way, you should not use retinol during pregnancy. It is a very potent drug and it could then harm the unborn child .

With vitamin C , too, it is again very individual. It can reduce skin stress and can be a good substitute for exotic plant extracts, which can also be triggers. Few people with rosacea can tolerate (high doses of) ascorbic acid . It's too strong, even if it's considered very potent and effective. With rosacea you should - if you want to use vitamin C - always use vitamin C derivatives (derivatives of vitamin C, which are milder but also a little less effective than ascorbic acid with the INCI Ascorbic Acid ). And be aware that you're better off using vitamin C as a standalone product. Vitamin C is simply added to many creams. If you don't notice this when shopping, it can quickly happen that you use vitamin C several times and react even more with redness. Here you can find more about vitamin C for sensitive skin and the different vitamin C derivatives .

And the same applies here: Be sure to check what your skin tolerates. It is quite possible that you will find out the optimal amount for your skin.

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Chemical peels (individual)

When it comes to chemical peels , you better be careful. Because you shouldn't exfoliate your skin too often. Too high a concentration can also irritate your skin. Some sensitive skin with rosacea does not tolerate chemical peels at all. Also, acid peels can be too much for the skin. In the worst case, your skin will become even more sensitive and you could also get perioral dermatitis .

These are typical acid peels that are often recommended for pimples and pustules and can cause individual problems with rosacea:

  • Salicylic Acid ( BHA , Beta-Hydroxy-Acid) They are tolerable for some people with rosacea but not for many. Tip: Not during pregnancy and breastfeeding; also pay attention to your cleanser: BHAs are added to many cleansers.

  • very small glycoacids ( AHA , Alpha Hydroxy Acid ) - You should definitely avoid this acid. AHAs are far too small for sensitive skin and rosacea and extremely irritating.

Some people get along quite well with the larger glycolic acids ( lactic acid, mandelic acid ) in low doses because they cannot penetrate so deeply into the skin. However, be aware that any acid peel stimulates blood flow in the skin, and this is something you should avoid with rosacea at all costs. Chemical peelings interfere with the natural skin cycle in a more extreme way. A mildly acidic alternative to AHAs are PHAs ( poly-hydroxy-acid ). Although these also stimulate blood circulation, they are a natural part of the skin and therefore much milder to the skin. They work just as well as potent AHAs. It just takes a little longer for PHAs to show results.

An enzyme peel is better tolerated than an acid peel, provided it does not contain any other irritating ingredients.

Did you find this article helpful? Then feel free to send it to a loved one who may also benefit from this information.

Soothe skin: characteristics of good facial care for rosacea

So far, it's mostly been about omissions. You can probably achieve a lot with that alone. But how do I find the right rosacea care?

Useful ingredients for rosacea care

Your skin needs facial care that soothes your skin, inhibits inflammation and strengthens blood vessels. So look for skin care products with soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients for rosacea
  • Green tea : contains catechins (healthy bitter substances), has an antioxidant, calming, anti-inflammatory effect and balances skin fats (included in Bright Head , Cozy Cocoon , Basis Creme and Minimalism )
  • Black tea : contains many phytochemicals (polyphenols) that counteract oxidative stress, soothes reddened, stressed skin, naturally contained catechins and favonoids inhibit infections and have a natural antibacterial effect against germs (contained in Tea Break )
  • White tea : rich in secondary plant substances (polyphenols), which have a strong effect against oxidative stress, contains even more catechins (healthy bitter substances) than green tea (included in Minimalism )
  • Oats : has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect, contains beta glucan ( INCI: Colloidal Oatmeal ) (contained in Cozy Cocoon )
  • Beta-glucan : very long-lasting moisturizing (included in Cozy Cocoon )
  • Q10 ( INCI: Ubiquinone ) : is a very well tolerated natural substance. Q10 has an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effect, promotes cell renewal and increases elastin production.(contained in Human Glow )
  • Vitamin E ( INCI: tocopherol ): is antioxidant, skin-soothing, skin-smoothing, enhances the effect of sunscreen, improves moisture in the horny layer, promotes cell renewal, improves wound healing and reduces scarring (contained in Human Glow )
  • Synthetic bisabolol : has an anti-inflammatory effect (natural bisabolol from chamomile can still contain irritating substances from chamomile. Chamomile extract and chamomile oil are definitely not recommended for rosacea. Synthetic bisabolol is not allowed in natural cosmetics)
  • Licorice root : strengthens blood vessels ( INCI: Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate or Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract ) (found in Cozy Cocoon and Stay Kind )
  • Panthenol : Wound healing (included in Minimalism )
  • Pur Pur red algae : strengthens the vascular system, moisturizes, has an antioxidant effect against skin stress and reduces redness (included in Minimalism )
  • Horse chestnut extract : anti-inflammatory and antioxidant against skin stress, reduces redness because it contains the active ingredient ectoine, which contributes to healthy blood circulation and strengthens the capillaries (included in Minimalism )
Active ingredients for rosacea

Some active ingredients can help reduce rosacea symptoms. This includes:

  • Azelaic acid : reduces redness and pustules, but is an acid and can therefore also dry out the skin - then the complete skin care should be changed accordingly. Many know the active ingredient from medicinal creams such as Skinoren or Soolantra . For milder forms of rosacea, it's also worth considering a product with a mild azelaic acid derivative (included in Minimalism ) or an enzyme peel.
  • Niacinamide : Vitamin B3 has a very individual effect on rosacea. That is why it appears both in the potential triggers and here in the active ingredients. They can help reduce symptoms. If you want to try niacinamide, make sure you use a low concentration of up to 5%. Studies have shown that the effect can be reversed at higher concentrations. Unfortunately, the quantity contained in many products is not marked. We advise against such products in general and especially for rosacea. ( Lean Back contains 3.14 Niacinamides)
  • Fermented lactic acid bacteria : strengthen the microbiome and reduce bad bacteria. The skin becomes less sensitive and redness is reduced. ( INCI: Lactobacillus Ferment ) (included in Bright Head , Cozy Cocoon and Basis Creme )
Moisturizer for rosacea care

Moisture-binding substances are also important. However, you should not exaggerate here. Layering too many toners, serums, and creams can overwhelm sensitive rosacea skin. Well-tolerated moisturizers include:

  • Hyaluron : is the skin's own moisturizer and is very well tolerated. However, a hyaluron serum is sufficient, because with larger amounts, hyaluron can also be too much. Hyaluronic acid should then no longer be present in the other skin care products. (included in Bright Head )
  • Glycerine: is also the skin's own moisturizer, which is very well tolerated (contained in Cozy Cocoon and Basis Creme )
  • Ectoin: reduces skin redness, soothes and provides long-term moisture, smoothes rough, scaly skin, counteracts harmful environmental influences and reduces the entry of allergens into the skin, protects against stress, prevents environmental skin aging, regenerates, prevents UV-induced skin damage at the cellular level, strengthens your own defense system, repairs the skin barrier (included in Minimalism , Lean Back and Stay Kind )
  • Betaine: is also a very well tolerated long-lasting moisturizer. Betaines can soften surfactants and are therefore often found in mild cleaners. The special feature of betaine is that it is an osmolyte: a molecule that can control the water balance in cells. It draws water away from the protein surface and protects the skin from drying out, thus increasing its stability. (Included in Lean Back )
  • Zinc PCA: is the skin's own moisturizer. Zinc PCA is very useful for pimple and acne prone skin as it inhibits the growth of acne bacteria. Because it has strong antimicrobial activity against P. acnes. (Included in Lean Back )
Alternatives to unprocessed vegetable oils

A good alternative to unprocessed vegetable oils are vegetable-derived processed oils. These oils have been processed to match or closely resemble the fat in the skin. This allows the skin to fully absorb and metabolize these oils if their fat is lacking. It no longer contains any irritating plant substances. Examples:

  • Neutral Oil (Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides)
  • squalane
  • lecithin
  • Linoleic acid or vitamin F (linoleic acid)
  • Linolenic Acid

Tip: Human Glow consists of well-tolerated fats

Human Glow - Universal Serum-Oil consists of neutral oil, squalane, linoleic acid, linolenic acid with Q10 as an active ingredient and antioxidant. So like a vegetable oil, but better tolerated.

Digression: water or plant juices?

Plant juices are often used as a water substitute in natural cosmetics. Basically, plant juices are not necessarily better or worse. It depends individually on whether you tolerate the respective plant juice or not. Since all skin can tolerate water, water is by no means wrong with rosacea. Some people with couperose tolerate plant juices without any problems. If this is the case for you, your skin can benefit from natural aloe vera juice, for example. Plant juices contain many antioxidants that also protect your skin from environmental influences and make it more resistant. Always pay attention to good quality here. Natural aloe vera juice should always be paired with good moisturizers like glycerine or hyaluronic acid to keep your skin well moisturized and get some of the benefits.

You should definitely avoid only flower hydrosols if you have sensitive skin and especially if you have rosacea. Flower hydrolates such as rose water , orange blossom water or witch hazel water irritate your couperose and can trigger inflammation. Unfortunately, rose water is recommended by many brands and also in poorly researched articles for soothing very sensitive skin and also for rosacea. Unfortunately, flower hydrolates are also often used in creams and toners as a substitute for water. Instead of rose water or other flower hydrosols, it is better to use low-irritant moisturizing toners, serums or essences that also contain well-tolerated moisturizers. This way you can give your skin extra moisture if your cream is not enough. Because with rosacea it is sometimes better to take two steps out of one step: Your skin gets enough moisture with oil-free toners or serums. A light cream that is not heavy and does not make the skin sweat is then applied. This way, not too much fat gets on the skin, heat build-up is avoided and your skin is calmed.

The right preservation

Parabens, drying alcohols, and phenoxyethanol can all trigger rosacea. Isn't it best to avoid preservatives altogether? No, your skin care should always be sufficiently preserved, otherwise bacteria or fungi can develop in your skin care. These would only stress your rosacea again. Inflammation on your skin would have an easier time. Look for mild preservatives. There are good moisturizing alcohols (so-called fatty alcohols) that you also tolerate well with sensitive rosacea skin. Don't worry, these aren't the drying alcohols mentioned above:

  • Pentylene Glycol is a fatty alcohol. This also provides your skin with natural moisture and has a preservative effect at the same time. Pentylene Glycol is very mild and also extremely well tolerated by very sensitive skin and is therefore highly recommended for rosacea. That's why we use Xeno Pentylene Glycol for mild preservation.

Unfortunately, some natural cosmetics brands are not so precise with preservation. It is really important here, as natural products in particular can spoil quickly. It is not enough if cosmetics are only protected against bacteria and not against fungi. Because fungi can multiply quickly if you use your products for a while. Skin care for rosacea should therefore definitely be mild and well preserved.

Natural cosmetics for rosacea

Should I use natural cosmetics for rosacea? This question can only be answered with a clear "Yes". As you read above, there are many natural ingredients that are not suitable for rosacea. These include essential oils, flower hydrolates, alcohols and also vegetable oils. However, many conventional care products contain mineral oil or silicone, synthetic fragrances. That's why switching to natural cosmetics is sometimes really difficult. Our opinion on this: Natural cosmetics are a very good option if irritating ingredients are left out. Unfortunately, this is very rare and hardly any brand is consistent. You can find out more about this in our article on natural cosmetics for rosacea .

All Xeno natural cosmetic products are mild, because skin tolerance and health are most important to us.

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With rosacea, less is more

When it comes to rosacea, less is more. This gives you much more control over what goes on your skin. Too many different products, each with different effects, could have a negative impact on your rosacea. And you could easily lose track of what's good for your skin and what's not.

Rosacea care products

While it's hard to avoid all of the ingredients, there are a few things you can look out for that will make your rosacea skincare journey easier. Use the tips below to find suitable skin care products that will soothe your cuperosis. We suggest specific products for your routine.

Facial cleansing for rosacea

Rosacea skin needs a very mild cleansing. If you like to cleanse your skin with cleansing oils, these should contain a compatible emulsifier so that you can wash off the oil completely. Because an oil film could cause inflammation again. However, some people with rosacea don't do well with the unprocessed vegetable oils in oil cleansers, which dissolve makeup well. In this case, cleaners that contain very mild surfactants are even better tolerated. Mild sugar surfactants are among the most tolerable.

Tip: game changer

Game Changer is a mild gel-to-milk cleanser with mild sugar surfactants. It neither takes too much nor too little oil from the skin, so your skin is not irritated.

By the way: It is best to wash sensitive rosacea skin with lukewarm water, as cold water and water that is too hot stimulate blood circulation too much. if your skin reacts too strongly to hard water, you can use distilled water, which is available at any drug store. Here you will find wonderful tips on how to cleanse your face and how to effectively soothe your skin with the right cleansing.

You should never use soap if you have rosacea, as soap production produces very strong surfactants. In addition, as mentioned above, the pH value of soaps is far too high.

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Which cream for rosacea?

Creams are designed to prevent the skin from losing moisture. To stop water loss, ingredients are used that form a light layer on the skin. This can be oil, silicone or mineral oil . This keeps the moisture in the skin longer. This is also called occlusion. However, overly conclusive (occlusive) creams are not suitable for skin with rosacea. The problem: Neither mineral oil nor silicone or vegetable oils can be unreservedly recommended for rosacea. But what does that mean for your skin care with couperose, when your skin is sometimes a bit dry? Your cream may contain a bit of fat. It is best to make sure that your cream contains well-tolerated fats. Naturally obtained fats that occur naturally in the skin or are very similar to the skin's own fats are very well tolerated. But you don’t need too much of these fats either:

  • Squalane: similar to the skin's own squalene, can be obtained from olive oil or sugar cane, for example
  • Caprylic/ Capric triglycerides
  • lecithin

Since rosacea usually doesn't like that much oil, thick greasy creams or ointments are rather too much for your skin. Look for cream that has a high water content.

Tip: base cream

The Root and Grow Basis Cream is for everyone who only wants to give their skin what it needs. A cream that you no longer have to worry about. The cream contains very few ingredients, including squalane, green tea and lactobacillus ferment.

What is a good couperose serum?

Of course, a good serum for couperose or rosacea does not contain any rosacea triggers. However, that alone does not help much. Then you could simply do without a serum. It is best if the serum also contains active ingredients that strengthen your vascular system, reduce redness and inhibit inflammation (see above in the section "Useful ingredients for rosacea").

No matter which active ingredients you want to start with: Always start with a new product. It is therefore advisable that the potent active ingredients, such as niacinamide or vitamin C, for rosacea are present in individual products. That way, if you don't tolerate it, you can simply stop taking it and you'll be able to keep your everyday routine safe. If you add other products: Don't layer them all on top of each other, but alternate them on the days so that you don't overwhelm your skin.

With microdosing of the active ingredients (low concentrations), your skin is not stressed all at once, as would be the case with high-percentage boosters. The advantage of this approach is that your skin has the opportunity to gently get used to the more potent active ingredients. It may take a little longer for results to come, but they are sustainable and healthy. Active ingredients should not overwhelm your skin, but give it a helping hand so that you can work together to achieve long-term skin health.

If you feel like an active ingredient isn't doing you any good, stop using it. Then give your skin a few weeks to settle down before trying another potent (low strength) product. This way you don't irritate your rosacea too much. Do not use potent compounds unless the exact concentration is listed.

Tip: Minimalism helps against redness and pustules

A serum roller that you can use over a large area or selectively against redness, swelling or pustules.

Contains minimalism

  • mild azelain derivative
  • panthenol
  • Pur Pur red algae
  • ectoine
  • Green and white tea

Tip: Serum spray soothes the skin

Xeno's Bright Head Serum Spray works against dehydrated and slightly reddened skin. It contains mild active ingredients such as

  • Fermented lactic acid bacteria
  • aloe vera
  • green tea

You can easily spray it on your skin before the cream.

Enzyme peeling for rosacea

Mechanical peelings and (fruit) acid peelings should be used with caution. Enzyme peelings are better. They are the mildest way to exfoliate the skin and rosacea usually tolerates them very well. But the same applies here: less is more. Once or twice a week is sufficient. With all peels, whether lactic acid, PHAs or enzymes, make sure that they do not contain any additional irritating substances such as flower extracts, clay, chalk, flower juices or potent active ingredients. Unfortunately, most enzyme peels are not pure, but contain clay, chalk, or other coarse minerals that can damage the skin.

Tip: Stay Kind - Pure enzyme peeling

  • with body-like enzymes
  • with soothing ingredients
  • without fruit enzymes
  • without acids
  • without mechanical abrasives

Sun protection for rosacea

Sun protection is important for everyone to prevent skin cancer and is also the best anti-aging agent, because sun protection means that pigment spots and wrinkles do not develop so quickly.

But sun protection is even more important for rosacea because exposure to the sun can make symptoms worse. Unfortunately, many sunscreens contain one or more triggering ingredients, such as vegetable oil, silicone, or alcohol. Some sunscreen filters can also be rosacea triggers. In this case, however, it is not advisable to simply avoid sun protection. You should look for a sunscreen that works individually for your skin or does the least harm. Here are a few tips for narrowing it down:

  • If you are reasonably comfortable with oils, you can try natural cosmetic sunscreen. These dispense with chemical sun protection filters. If the whitening effect of the mineral sunscreen filters bothers you, you can use a tinted sunscreen. Beware of essential oils and other irritating ingredients in natural cosmetics.
  • If you tolerate chemical sun protection filters, you may find what you are looking for in sun creams from the pharmacy. These are usually without irritating ingredients. There are sun creams with silicone as well as with oil in the pharmacy.

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Example routine for rosacea

As a basic routine, we recommend our Game Changer cleanser and Root & Grow base cream .

In addition, it helps many if they add a few sprays of Bright Head before the cream. This moisturizes the skin and prevents redness.

If your skin is very dry or if you are prone to neurodermatitis in addition to rosacea, you can also use the Cozy Cocoon - Rich Cream instead of Root & Grow.

You can then add to your basics as needed

  • Minimalism against redness and pustules (with azelain)
  • Human Glow (if necessary) over the cream, if your skin needs more care (e.g. in winter)
  • Stay Kind - Enzyme peeling 1-2 times a week to prevent dandruff and pustules
  • If you can tolerate low concentrations of niacinamide, you can also try Lean Back (with 3.14% niacinamide).


Rosacea is very individual and what works for one person may not be the perfect solution for another. However, you can already consider tips from this article for your rosacea skin care. In addition, always pay attention to how your skin reacts and adjust your skin care accordingly. I wish you success.

How do you deal with this difficult subject? Have you found what works well for you? Tell us about your experience with rosacea / couperose in the comments.

Overview: 7 tips for your rosacea care

  1. Avoid Rosacea Triggers: There are many ingredients in cosmetics that can make rosacea symptoms worse. Reduce your skin care to the essentials and stop using products that make your rosacea worse.

  2. Only use skin care with a skin-friendly pH between 5 and 6. Never use soap.

  3. Only clean yourself with mild surfactants

  4. If possible, use skin's own / skin-like fats, such as squalane or neutral oil .

  5. Good active ingredients are, for example: azelain, niacinamide, lactobacillus ferment, ectoine or panthenol.

  6. An enzyme peel is the mildest and most tolerable peel, also for rosacea.

Lara Schimweg

about the author

Lara Schimweg is the founder of Xeno and develops the skin care products. She studied sports science and health research and is a trained health worker. Lara already mixed her first cream 20 years ago and deals with skin care and ingredients . Lara has rosacea and very sensitive skin.

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  • Lara on

    Hey Sandee,
    vielen Dank und wie schön, dass der Artikel in deinen Augen hilfreich ist. Ich sehe das genauso wie du: Es ist wirklich mies, was zum Teil in Cremes ist, die “angeblich” für Rosacea funktionieren sollen. Klar Rosazea ist individuell. Ich denke mir dann trotzdem immer, naja die stehen ja morgens nicht mit frischem Flushing und Pusteln vor dem Spiegel. Ein bisschen mehr Rücksicht wäre auf jeden Fall wünschenswert. Und es ist ja nicht so, dass die Informationen nicht da sind. Deshalb war es mit sehr wichtig, das hier im Magazin einmal für alle Rosis da draußen zu bündeln und aufzuklären. Um so mehr freut mich über dein Kommentar hier. Ich freu mich wenn du im Shop vorbeischaust :)
    Liebe Grüße, Lara :)

  • Sandee on

    Das ist der beste Artikel bezüglich geeigneter/ungeeigneter Inhaltsstoffe bei Rosacea, den ich je gelesen habe. Vieles deckt sich auch mit meinen eigenen Erfahrungen. Es ist so schwer, passende Pflegeprodukte zu finden, weil ich auf so viele Sachen achten muss. Eigentlich fast unmöglich. Und ich ärgere mich immer sehr darüber, wie sehr die Leute verarscht werden (wenn man bedenkt, welche schlechten Inhaltsstoffe viele ausgewiesene Rosacea Produkte haben).
    Ich werde hier sicherlich bald ein bisschen was bestellen. :) Liebe Grüße

  • Lara on

    Hey Marianne,
    danke, freut mich sehr, wenn dir der Artikel weiterhilft. Klar, da werde ich nochmal drauf eingehen. Ist tatsächlich ein wichtiger Punkt mit der Kamille und auch da gibt es für Allergiker, empfindliche Haut und Rosazea eine paar mehr Stolpersteine. Super Einwand ;)
    LG Lara :)

  • Marianne on

    Hallo Lara,
    toller, informativer Artikel! Vielen Dank dafür. Ich recherchiere gerade auch viel zu den Inhaltsstoffen, damit ich nicht wieder etwas falsches erwische. Ich habe eine leichte Rosacea mit trockener, entzündlicher Haut. Kannst du bitte noch etwas zu dem Thema Rosacea und Kamillenwasser / Kamillenextrakt eingehen? Hatte bislang gedacht, dass Kamille nur positive Eigenschaften auf Rosacea hätte. LG Marianne

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