I harp on about this a lot, but I think it is worth repeating. A gentle skin care regime is a good thing for your rosacea. We know from some small studies that rosacea sufferers can benefit from a moisturizer that improves the stratum corneum skin barrier function.
How do you go about finding a good moisturizer for your rosacea? There are so many on the market, some from big name cosmetic companies, and some from relatively unknown companies.
Well, one way, I hope, is to look at the user reviews collected here at rosacea-support. So far there are pages for moisturizers such as Rosaclear, Cetaphil RestoraDERM, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, Clinique Redness Solutions, Rosaliac, Rosacure, Aveeno Ultra Calming, and Eucerin Redness Relief.
So what about Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream? Vanicream has one of the shortest list of ingredients you are likely to find. For many rosacea sufferers, simple is good!
This product does contain cetearyl alcohol, propylene glycol and petrolatum which may raise some concerns to those with hyper sensitive skin. A useful background post from Dr. Sy on Cetyl Alcohol and Liquid Cleansers may be worth reading here too.
The makers of Vanicream, Psico tell us that it is formulated without common chemical irritants like parabens, irritating preservatives, dyes, lanolin and fragrances.
Vanicream is available as both a Skin Cream and Lite Lotion. The ingredient listings for both contain the same items, but it appears that the lite lotion contains more propylene glycol and the skin cream contains more sorbitol solution.
Vanicream User Reviews
So with no more ado, lets look at some reviews from real people who have tried Vanicream.
Artist said “I then switched from Cerave moisturizer to Vanicream Lite Lotion (found at the drug store). I chose the Vanicream because it is very simple and specifically made for super sensitive skin, no frills. I was then able to tolerate the Finacea, which has since helped my skin quite a bit. It’s not perfect, but it’s more normal acting and looking if that makes sense. So, the big idea is that I found a moisturizer (Vanicream Lite Lotion) and my skin is better for it. I think moisturizing enabled me to tolerate the topical medication, Finacea, through the rough beginning period when your skin adjusts to it.”
further Artist said: “I like Toleraine Dermo Cleanser to wash with and Vanicream Moisture Cream to moisturize with. I use a hat in the sun since sunscreens tend to irritate. I use a good, soft scarf made of that soft felt-type material to protect my skin from cold winds in the winter.”
Linda said: “The Vanicream seems too thick when first applied, but soaks in well. In about 10 – 15 minutes I can put on my Bare Escentuals mineral powder makeup.” as well as “I have found Vanicream products to be the absolute best. When I developed rosacea, I had to drop all the moisturizers that I normally used. Even Cetaphil moisturizer and cleanser burned.”
Pinky said: “Mild soaps such as hypoallergenic Dove, etc. burned my face during my first flare of Rosacea. My dermatologist offered me a sample of VaniCream, a bar soap. Extremely gentle. Didn’t feel any sting while using it.”
seachange said: “I read some of her [Artist] backposts and discovered Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream a few days ago. My skin just loves it and feels totally protected and moisturized. I had a bad flare-up last week from some harsh wind, and subsequently got that oh-so-sexy red blotchy face. Almost all the redness and irritation is gone. I use the thicker cream at night then the lite lotion for daytime wear. I also splash on a bit of jojoba oil with water for cleansing, and that has also really softened my skin. It does have petrolatum as a main ingredient, and I think that might be a issue for some rosaceans, but luckily my skin can tolerate it. The most amazing thing–to me at least–is that Vanicream is only $15 at Walgreens and you get a ginormous container. I probably won’t need lotion for the next decade or so. The thing is biiiig.”
Maureen said: Like many rosaceans, I have extreme facial sensitivity and can’t tolerate most cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, etc., all of which sting and burn. I use Vanicream moisturizer, which I want to mention since it’s not on the list above and it works for me. You can occasionally but rarely find it in drugstores; I buy it from drugstore.com. Has a very simple list of ingredients that you can check out on the drugstore.com website. Also, surprisingly inexpensive. It comes in a light lotion and in a thicker cream, which does take a little time to melt into your skin, but is altogether worth it.
Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream Ingredients
Purified water, white petrolatum, sorbitol solution, cetearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ceteareth-20, simethicone, glyceryl monostearate, polyethylene glycol monostearate, sorbic acid and BHT
Where to Buy
Vanicream is not a product from one of the large or well known pharmaceutical companies. Would you recommend it to your fellow rosacea sufferers?
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