Mysterious SPF 30 Sunscreen good for rosacea redness and dryness


A mysterious tinted sunscreen has been evaluated as part of a rosacea regime and been shown to be of benefit to rosacea sufferers. So what exactly is this tinted daily SPF30 sunscreen that warranted Galderma to sponsor publication in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology? The article doesn’t say, but some important clues can be found.

Experts agree that rosacea skincare should “include gentle cleansers, avoidance of triggers, and frequent application of quality moisturizers”. Further, a moisturizer also is a powerful ally.

Moisturizers can repair and maintain stratum corneal barrier function, enhance skin hydration, and reduce the likelihood of skin irritation. As a result, moisturizers relieve dry skin, improve softness and suppleness, and can be adjuvants to other rosacea therapies.

Something new from Galderma?

Galderma doens’t currently promote a SPF30 tinted sunscreen for rosaca sufferers, so perhaps they have someting in development ready to release. We do know that Galderma is keen to captalise on rosacea friendly skincare as they are potentially easier paths to profits than prescriptions.

Even reading the full paper [PDF link] does not reveal the product name for the “novel tinted daily SPF‐30 facial moisturizer (DFM30)” used in the research. All patients in the trial indicated that they would have liked to buy the product.

What is DFM30?

So be on the lookout for an addition to the Cetpahil range matching this description. Clues will be that it will be promoted as being good for rosacea redness and dryness.

Tinted Sunscreens for the win

I have long used a daily tinted sunscreen for my rosacea. It helps protect against my biggest trigger – the sun, whilst covering the redness.

Article Abstract

A novel moisturizer with high sun protection factor improves cutaneous barrier function and the visible appearance of rosacea-prone skin.

Hilary Baldwin MD, Francine Santoro MD, Nadege Lachmann PhD, Sandrine Teissedre MSc

BACKGROUND: Consensus guidelines advocate general skincare for rosacea patients.

OBJECTIVES: Two independent studies were performed to assess whether a tinted daily SPF-30 facial moisturizer (DFM30) improves barrier function of dry skin and the efficacy and tolerability of DFM30 on rosacea-prone skin.

METHODS: In study 1, electrical capacitance (EC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) were measured at baseline, 2, 4, 8, and 24 hours after a single application of DFM30 and on a control site in 21 healthy females with dry skin.

Study 2 evaluated 33 females with mild to moderate rosacea and nontransient erythema. Efficacy and tolerability after once-daily DFM30 were assessed using a chromameter, image analysis of photographs, and trained rater and patient evaluations up to day 22.

RESULTS: In study 1, EC showed statistically significant increases at 2, 4, and 8 hours, and TEWL showed statistically significant decreases 2, 4, 8, and 24 hours after DFM30 application to healthy females compared to baseline.

In study 2, covering skin redness improved significantly after DFM30 application on day 1; 33.3% showed improved covering skin redness compared to baseline. Patients reported significantly less redness on day 8 than day 3.

Feelings of dryness and tightness/tension were lower 30 minutes after first application.

Feeling of dryness was lower than baseline after 3 days, 1 and 3 weeks. Image analysis suggested redness was significantly lower on day 22 compared to baseline.

Chromameter readings showed significantly lower erythema on the cheek compared to baseline. All patients stated that DFM30 relieves and neutralizes visible redness who also indicated that they would purchase DFM30, and the product was well tolerated.

CONCLUSIONS: These studies show that DFM30 is suitable as part of the skincare regimens advocated by ROSacea COnsensus (ROSCO) for rosacea patients.

DFM30 is an effective moisturizer that improves cutaneous barrier function and the appearance of rosacea-prone skin.

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7 Reader Comments

  1. Fredda says:

    I’ve been using Elta MD Facial tinted sunscreen since I got rosacea 4 years ago. I’m 67 years old. It was the only sunscreen that didn’t irritate me. Now I also use IT cosmetics SPF50 ( more coverage like makeup over the Elta. I recommend both highly.
    I’m looking for a makeup remover that works and does not irritate and dry out the skin. Suggestions?

    • Lorraine Kenyon says:

      Micellar water is the best for skin I use the garnier one for sensitive skin & removes all make up & leaves skin supple & moist after using. I have roasca to & it’s the only thing that don’t irretate skin to.

      • Fredda says:

        I’ve tried Micellar water , and it does feel good , but doesn’t remove all my makeup. I’ll give it another try! Thanks

    • Stacey says:

      I like to use Garner Micellar Cleansing Water. I just take a cotton makeup pad and wipe off. I’ve been using it for a few months and it has never irritated my skin. If my skin feels a little oily and needs an extra boost, I use Avenue Extremely Gentle Cleanser. Good luck! I hope it helps. I know how frustrating it can be to spend a lot of money on products that claim to be gentle but aren’t.

  2. Ttmaree says:

    I’ve long been a believer that the zinc in sunscreen is a brilliant part of helping to heal skin. Zinc helps rebuild skin and there’s not as much in our soil etc as there should be. Tinted moisturiser like Chantecaille has changed my skin – as has Cervae PM moisturiser. I look forward to trying this new option.

  3. Frances says:

    I have recently come across a product called “Active Combat Stick” by Bespoke ( It is mineral based (described as a “zinc stick”) but, unlike other similar products I have tried, it is not drying and can be used every day. I have rosacea (and have had acne in the past) and do not find this product irritating or pore blocking. The coverage is subtle – not cakey. It is also free of fragrance. It was developed by a dermatologist. Worth a try if, like me, you have found it difficult to find a gentle sunscreen that can be used every day. I haven’t found it difficult to remove.

  4. margie says:

    So is galderma coming out with a new spf 30 moisturizer and if so when?

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