Gentle Cleanser is Important

Written by on September 29, 2005 in Cleansing Rosacea Skin, Cosmetics and Makeup with 7 Comments

This one of the simple but powerful things to learn about treating rosacea. A gentle and mild cleansing regime is important. Add a gentle moisturizer and a physical sunscreen and you have the basis to build on to treat your rosacea.

The inflammation you see in rosacea can be helped just be be gentle with what you put on your skin. Once you have a good, gentle cleansing, moisturizing and sunscreen regime, then you can add other rosacea treatments knowing that your skin barrier is soothed and protected as a starting point.

Role of mild cleansing in the management of patient skin, Kumar Subramanyan, Dermatologic Therapy Volume 17, Issue Supplement 1, Page 26, February 2004.

ABSTRACT: Routine everyday care of skin is an essential part of optimal patient management.

Common problems such as xerosis, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, and photodamage leave the skin vulnerable to external insults, partly as a result of varying levels of barrier dysfunction. Cosmetic surgery procedures also typically damage the stratum corneum (SC) and leave skin with a very weak barrier during recovery phase.

Cleansing is an important aspect of any skin care, since it not only removes unwanted dirt, soil, and bacteria from skin, but also removes dead surface cells, preparing skin to better absorb topically applied drugs/medication. Care must be taken to minimize any further weakening of the SC barrier during cleansing.

Cleansers based on mild synthetic surfactants and/or emollients that cause minimal barrier perturbation are ideal for these patients.

The present paper is a brief review of four clinical trials that evaluated the efficacy and compatibility of either mild syndet bars or cleansers in patients with atopic dermatitis, acne, rosacea, or patients who had received chemical peels or Retin-A (tretinoin) treatment for sustained photodamage.

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7 Reader Comments

  1. Susan says:

    I am one of those people who have reacted to Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. I used for a long time but had a major flare-up and now it burns my skin. I am using a Phytomer product that is gentle by costly. I am not sure it cleanses as well as I have had continual outbreaks on my nose. Any ideas on OTC products?

  2. Irene says:

    Hi, I have had great success with Aveno foaming cleanser, it has calming chamomile, and other soothing properties, works like a charm. Hope this helps.

  3. Susan says:

    I have tried it and I agree. Have you tried the moisturizer too? I am curious if it has the same effect.

  4. Irene says:

    Hi, I am using Cerave as a moisturizer and love it, the Aveno has a sunscreen which is better but the Cerave is very soothing. Cerave also has a cleanser I have not tried it.

  5. Susan says:

    Truly like a maze. I have tried Cetaphil, CeraVe, and the Aveeno products. The Cetaphil started to burn and the other two did not make my face feel clean. I have found a Philosophy product, Purity, that I think I am going to like. Pricey but at this point, I think I will try anything.

  6. Connie says:

    I have had rosaeca for about ten years. with very little symptoms mostly flushing with sun and alcohol. but over the last year has gotten worse. always red, irritated, extremely sensative. I have been on finacia seemed to help in the begining but I’m to sensative now. I have tried Cetaphil its ok, Purpose was to drying, Clinique redness relief very moisturizing didn’t irritate, am now trying cerave.So far so good moisturizing, gentle non irritating.But always looking for something better. any suggestions?

  7. Irene says:

    I am having severe itching and redness, was using finacia for a year, it has become to harsh with this weather, hoping this clears up after winter yuck!

    I am using arbonne products for moisturizer with vitamin C hope to see some results soon.

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