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Best rosacea treatment UK: 6 of our fave rosacea creams and moisturiser that reduce redness

24th May 2023 | Author: Alicia Broadest

We’ve put the best rosacea creams and moisturisers to the test to see which actually reduce redness, and which is the best rosacea treatment money can buy

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. 

Whilst there is no cure as such, there are 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 treatment creams on the market, designed to suit a range of budgets.

We also explain what rosacea is and what causes it at the bottom of the article. Click the link in the box to the left to jump straight to that section.

Alternatively, keep reading to discover our pick of the best rosacea creams, moisturisers and treatments that help calm redness and irritation and leave your complexion looking clear.

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Best rosacea creams and moisturisers UK


  1. Editor’s Pick: Dermalex Rosacea Treatment 
  2. Bargain buy: Cetaphil PRO Range 
  3. Luxury buy: Clarins Calm Essentiel Gel 
  4. IT Cosmetics Colour Correcting Cream 
  5. Dr Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream 
  6. Rosalique 3-in-1 Anti-redness Miracle cream 

 1. Editor’s Pick: Dermalex Rosacea Treatment

£19 | Buy now

Dermalex Rosacea Treatment UK reviewDermalex

Why we love it: One of the most trusted rosacea creams in the UK is the Dermalux Rosacea Treatment. This is because it’s been clinically proven to treat mild to moderate rosacea in a matter of weeks.

It uses what the brand calls a “unique Tri-solve technology” that repairs and strengthens the skin’s barrier function.

Often, symptoms of rosacea such as redness, flushed cheeks and spider veins are a sign that the skin barrier is broken or weakened. Thus, repairing the barrier can usually help fix a whole host of skincare worse.

This technology also promises to create a protective film over the skin to stop external triggers, such as pollution or the weather, from causing rosacea flare-ups or similar.

It’s gentle enough to be used twice a day, and it can be worn under makeup. All for a relatively low price of £19.

2. Bargain Buy: Cetaphil PRO Range 

From £14.99 | Buy now

Why we love it: 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 it 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. Ideal for rosacea or any redness caused by sensitivity. 

FURTHER READING: Best tinted moisturiser

3. Luxury buy: Clarins Calm Essential Gel 

£30 | Buy now

Why we love it: If you’re looking for a quick fix rosacea treatment, but one that will also help get rid of redness over time, then look no further than the Calm Essentiel Gel from Clarins.

It’s expensive – one of the most expensive rosacea treatments on this list – but having used it solidly for only two weeks, we’ve seen a drastic reduction in redness, inflammation and skin sensitivity.

What’s more, its lightweight, gel consistency is a great alternative to some of the thicker, pore-clogging rosacea creams we’ve tried in the past. It also makes it an ideal option if you have oily, or acne-prone skin (again, like us.)

It’s effectiveness comes from the fact it contains

  • Sclareolide: This helps make the skin less sensitive by targeting the receptors below the surface
  • Organic Camelia Oil: This hydrates and nourishes the skin
  • White Horehound extract: This helps protect against external triggers and pollution
  • Squalane: This helps strengthen the skin barrier function

We love this gel so much, we recently filmed a before-and-after video showing just how effective this rosacea treatment is over on TikTok.

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4. IT Cosmetics Colour Correcting Cream

£32 | Buy now

Why we love it: This CC cream from IT Cosmetics is must-have for colour correction while 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.

In fact, the founder of IT Cosmetics experiences rosacea herself and this cream was developed specifically to help relieve it. 

The CC cream helps to cover redness, get rid of dark circles under the eyes and minimise the appearance of pores whilst providing hydration. 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.

This makes the IT Cosmetics Colour Correcting Cream a win for people with mature skin as well as a highly effective rosacea treatment.

5. Dr Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Colour Correcting Cream

 £16 | Buy now

Dr Jart Colour Correcting CreamDr Jart+

Why we love it: This colour-correcting cream was a huge TikTok favourite in 2021 and it’s become a daily must-have in our skincare and makeup routine.

We either use this cream on its own, to create an even base when we’re going makeup-free, or we wear it as a primer underneath our foundation. This is because it both calms redness and blurs imperfections.

It goes on green but as you blend, it’s designed to camouflage with your own skin tone.

Formulated with a tiger grass complex plus houttuynia cordata and yarrow plants, and raspberry leaf extract, the formula also helps reduce inflammation.

Elsewhere it contains sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to increase moisture and lessen the signs of fatigue, while a blend of minerals and panthenol soothes and hydrates.

6. Rosalique 3-in-1 Anti-Redness Miracle formula

£30 | Buy now

Why we love it: Developed by bioscientists, and especially suited for people with sensitive skin, this Rosalique 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 blends to a more neutral tone, having neutralised redness and other uneven patches of skin in the process.

In addition to simply masking redness, this rosacea cream also helps calm and soothe the skin. Plus, because of its SPF50 rating it protects from damaging or irritating UVA and UVB rays.

The Rosalique Rosacea cream can be used as a primer, a CC cream or as a standalone foundation. We’ve also used it as a concealer, which all helps justify its high price, a little, and makes it good value for money.

What is rosacea?

Papulopustular Rosacea triggers and how to get rid of rosacea permanentlyShutterstock

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition – meaning it persists for a long time and keeps coming back – that primarily affects the face. We explain more about the rosacea symptoms below, but it’s largely characterised by redness, flushing, visible blood vessels, and sometimes acne-like bumps.

According to the NHS, 1 in 10 people suffer from rosacea in the UK and it’s believed that rosacea’s inflammatory nature is due to an “abnormal immune response,” according to skincare expert Sarah, founder of Sarah Louise Aesthetics.

Under the wider rosacea umbrella, there are different forms that manifest in different ways. These include:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: This is characterised by persistent redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels. If you have this form of rosacea you may also experience a burning or stinging sensation and your skin will feel more dry and sensitive.
  • Papulopustular Rosacea: Along with redness, this type of rosacea also comes with acne-like bumps and breakouts. It may look like regular acne, but rarely features blackheads.
  • Phymatous Rosacea: People with this type of rosacea have thicker skin on their noses, making them look bulbous and enlarged. Phymatous rosacea can also affect other areas of the face, such as the forehead, chin, and ears and this type is more common in men.
  • Ocular Rosacea: This type of rosacea affects the eyes and symptoms include redness, dryness, itching, burning, and sensitivity to light. Ocular rosacea can cause conjunctivitis and other eye-related complications if left untreated.

Rosacea triggers

“Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown it has been found that certain things are more likely to trigger flare-ups,” Group Director of Aesthetic Services at Élan Laser Clinics, Lisa Mason-Poyner told mamabella.

Two of the biggest rosacea triggers are stress and anxiety. Other rosacea triggers include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Increased heat
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet/too much sugar
  • Menopause

The redness and inflammation of rosacea is more common among women than men. This is because between the ages of 45-60 in women, “there is a reduction in collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which are essential for skin hydration and repair,” continued Sarah. “Reduced oestrogen during menopause can also contribute to hot flushes and aggregate redness and irritation.”

Rosacea symptoms

Your rosacea symptoms will depend on the type and severity of rosacea you have but as a general rule, the common signs of rosacea include:

  • Redness or flushing of the skin after exercising, drinking alcohol or being exposed to heat
  • Persistent skin discolouration that looks like sunburn or blusher
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Spots and pustules that can feel sore to the touch
  • Broken or visible capillaries, and thread veins
  • Skin thickening – this is more common in men

If you’re unsure your redness is rosacea, sensitive skin or another skin condition, it’s best to visit a specialist who can clinically diagnose your skin condition to make sure you get the correct advice.

How to get rid of rosacea permanently

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Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get rid of rosacea permanently. It’s a chronic condition and because we still don’t know the exact causes, it can be hard to treat the problem at source.

There are ways to get rid of rosacea semi-permanently to the point where you have fewer flare-ups, and it doesn’t impact your self-confidence as much.

“You can reduce symptoms by leading a healthy lifestyle”, added Sarah Louise. “Eating natural and low spicy foods and staying hydrated.”

It’s also vital to protect your skin from external stressors that have a tendency to make things worse.

Ways to get rid of rosacea include:

  • Applying a sunscreen for face with an SPF factor of at least 30. This should be applied everyday, and reapplied frequently when you’re outdoors.
  • Using a non-fragranced rosacea moisturiser regularly if your skin is dry or sensitive.
  • Swapping your soap for a soap substitute, in the form of an emollient, to cleanse your face.
  • Keeping a diary of days where your rosacea has been at its worse and note down what you’ve done that day to try to pinpoint potential triggers

What to avoid when trying to get rid of rosacea:

  • Don’t rub or scrub your face when cleansing as this can make rosacea worse
  • Don’t over-exfoliate and choose a gentle, yet effective exfoliator. We recommend the Paula’s Choice BHA Exfoliant because it’s gentle enough to use every day. 
  • Don’t use skincare products that contain fragrances. This is the case for all sensitive skin, but especially for rosacea.

Rosacea treatments UK

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If none of these rosacea creams and moisturisers go far enough to manage your rosacea, or you want a more targeted rosacea treatment you can try the following:

Skin Peels: These use natural and active ingredients to deeply exfoliate and stimulate new cell growth. They also deliver guaranteed results to improve skin health, tone and texture. Note: At-home chemical skin peels can be too harsh for rosacea so we advise you to seek professional help if you want to go down this route.

RE-Microneedling: This is one of the fastest-growing treatments in the UK and it uses dual-wave technology to target abnormal blood vessels and tissue. This makes it a great rosacea treatment but it also works to address other skincare conditions too.

LED Treatment: LED treatments work to target skin conditions like rosacea at a cellular level. It helps reduce inflammation and improve the appearance of the skin. We advise going to a clinic, like one of the Élan Laser Clinics, to get an LED treatment if you want to see the best and safest results. However, you can buy LED masks for use at home which can help at least make a dent in the problem. We’ve put the best LED masks to the test and you can read our reviews here.

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