Should you use it? Here’s what to avoid if you have rosacea

Not all skincare staples are a good fit for every skin type.

Rosacea won’t affect your health seriously but it has a big impact on you mentally and emotionally. There’s no cure but there are certain steps you can take to make redness less noticeable.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi of Capital Laser & Skin Care, "One of the hallmarks of rosacea is that the skin’s barrier protection is somewhat weak, therefore many ingredients that are fine for use on normal skin will be very irritating to rosacea-prone skin." Keep on reading to find out the 5 ingredients you need to stay away from.



Even when some professionals use it to treat rosacea, Dr. Tanzi is against its use. As people with rosacea have hypersensitive skin and this ingredient is quite strong, it may cause irritation and even redness and spider veins may get worse.

2-Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid

Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient used to treat acne but is the enemy of rosacea because it increases the skin's oxidative stress, increasing inflammation and premature aging.

3-Glycolic Acid

Tanzi warns individuals with rosacea to stay away from it. The exfoliating acid is too harsh for rosacea as peels often make average skin tingle, so you can only imagine what it will do to already inflamed and red skin.


Hydroquinone is a skin lightener used to treat dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It is not recommended for rosacea, according to Tanzi. Similar to the previous ingredients, it's too harsh for rosacea to tolerate and could easily inflame and burn the skin.

5-Witch Hazel

Some witch hazel toners are alcohol-free but many drugstore commercial toners are a bit misleading and actually contain 15-30% ethanol, a skin irritant that can intensify rosacea.

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