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What will help treat irritated skin from a rosacea flare-up?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Gentle cleansing and certain moisturizers or topical medications can help calm skin that is irritated from a rosacea flare-up. Wash with lukewarm (not hot) water, using a fragrance-free cleanser or one formulated for sensitive skin, and pat skin dry gently with a soft towel. Check with your doctor about the best topical medication for you, and the best moisturizers and cosmetics for your skin. Applying a barrier-repair emollient that contains lipids and humectants can soften the skin and prevent water loss from the skin. Avoid products that contain ingredients known to irritate skin with rosacea, including alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, salicylic acid, camphor, and sodium lauryl sulfate. Ingredients such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and silicones in sunscreens, moisturizers, and makeup are safe and may be soothing for skin with rosacea.

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