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5 Best Facial Cleansers for Rosacea + 5 Other Natural Remedies

Rosacea is a condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face.  It can also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps, according to the Mayo Clinic.  These signs and symptoms can flare up for months and then go away for a while.  It is commonly mistaken for acne.  It can also cause dry eyes and swollen eyelids.  Rosacea affects 16 million and regular acne affects 60 million!

Tea tree oil has been shown to benefit both conditions and is a natural remedy. However, I never recommend putting tea tree oil directly on your skin as it can be toxic if not diluted well, which is why I put together my top five (six actually) facial cleansers for rosacea.

Dr. Jenna Zigler's Top 5 Face Soaps for Acne Rosacea

1a. Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash

Released in November 2019, Heyedrate's Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash provides a deeper clean to remove blemishes without drying your skin.  The reason it is is "1a" is because we loved the Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Bar Soap and it was our number one until this came out.  

This foaming cleanser is made of gentle liquid soap made from organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, and organic sunflower oil, and also contains 19 botanical and plant extracts selected for their potent antioxidant properties.  This includes tea tree oil, aloe vera, lavender, lemon, peppermint oil, and more. 

This is my "go-to" product now in my clinic since it's release.  I use this on my face and then the Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Bar Soap (1b) on the rest of my body. 

Heyedrate's Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash Honest Ingredients (100% Plant Based): Liquid Soap (Purified Water, Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive, Organic Coconut & Organic Sunflower Oils), Vegetable Glycerin, Extracts of: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Salix Alba (Willow Bark), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Echinacea Angustifolia (Echinacea), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Populus Tremuloides (Aspen Bark), Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Leaf), Phyllanthus Emblica (Amalaki Fruit), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Citrus Limonum (Lemon), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme), Algae, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel); Gluconolactone & Sodium Benzoate (Ecocert Approved Preservative) and Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) and Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oils.

Safe for all skin types. Use it daily to remove dirt, oil, and makeup for less shine and a more youthful, younger looking glow.  Avoid direct eye contact, as tea tree oil can irritate the eyes.

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Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash

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1b. Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Bar Soap

Released in June 2017, Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar is one of the most effective, all-natural solutions to blemishes, inflamed and itchy skin conditions, as well as irritated eyes and eyelids.

Tea tree oil is a known bacteria killer, and this handmade soap bar contains only 5 ingredients: organic green tea, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, raw shea butter, and tea tree essential oil. It is alcohol free, contains no parabens or sulfates, and is preservative free.

This soap bar is easy to use and contains no harsh chemicals, making it safe and effective for all skin types. This was my "go-to" product for patients until the Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash came out.  

It is very gentle and I have had great success with this product. 

Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap's 5 Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Raw Shea Butter, and Tea Tree Essential Oil

Safe for all skin types. Avoid direct eye contact, as tea tree oil can irritate the eyes.

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Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar

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2. Image Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser

This is a pharmaceutical-grade, high potency Vitamin C facial cleanser that gently removes makeup and thoroughly cleanses the skin. Essential antioxidants and vitamins soothe dry, dehydrated, and rosacea-prone skin. This product is paraben free and uses many natural ingredients to heal the skin. While this one does not contain tea tree oil, it does contain vitamin C (a known skin antioxidant). You'll also love the fresh citrus scent! If you've had a tough time finding a skincare regimen that works, this pharmaceutical grade cleanser should do the trick. 

Vital C's Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Superoxide Dismutase, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Manesium Aluminum Silicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmate, Isododecane, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Citrus Arantium Dulcis Oil, Glycereth-26, Yeast Beta Glucan, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Dimethicone, Eugenia Caryophyllus (clove) bud oil, Xantan Gum, Linoleamidopropyl PG- Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide

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3. Rosacea Care Ultramild Cleanser

This cleanser is specifically formulated to treat acne rosacea and will therefore benefit any ocular rosacea as well. This is a great cleanser intended to treat sensitive skin. It is made of natural ingredients and is paraben free. We like that it has the soothing and protecting qualities of shea butter and meadowfoam oil, and these ingredients will help to calm down any flare up of acne rosacea. It also doubles as a shampoo, which is great for double duty! 

Rosacea Care Ultramild Cleanser's Ingredients: Aqua (Distilled Water), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Disodium Laureth-Sulfosuccinate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Yucca Saponins Extract, Peg-Fatty Amino Acids, Sodium Chloride, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Flower Petal Oils, Jasminum Officinale (Jasminol).

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4. Visha Skin Care Advanced Purifying Cleanser

Visha Skin Care brings us this dermatologist formulated cleanser that removes toxins from daily environmental exposure, dirt and oil produced throughout the day, and is great for calming down inflamed skin. This cleanser is sulfate and paraben free. The high-performance ingredients of this cleanser address irritation and redness caused by rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis. Zinc is combined with mild alpha and beta acids to help decrease inflammation of the skin, restoring the natural glow we all look for. I do like that this cleanser does not contain a ton of ingredients, and it's worth a try for those struggling with skin conditions.

Visha Skin Care Advanced Purifying Cleanser Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA,Sodium Chloride, Zinc Pyrithione, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol

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5. Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser

Dermalogica is well known for their skin care line, and this cleanser is the perfect example of their ability to produce effective yet gentle products. This gel-cream formula is designed to shield against external environmental toxins and contains lavender, echinacea and raspberry extracts for their calming properties. This cleanser can effectively remove eye make-up, and it is safe for use around the eyes. Either remove the cleanser with cotton and leave the residue on, or you can rinse it off. We've seen many patients who use this product to control their acne rosacea and ocular rosacea, and patients have been pleased with it.  

Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Extracts From: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit, Echinacea Purpurea, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Fumaric Officinalis: Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Butylene Glycol, Fumaric Acid, Panthenol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Pg-dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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5 Natural Remedies fpr Rosacea and Acne Rosacea

Rosacea and acne are caused by inflammation.  To decrease signs and symptoms we have to decrease this inflammation which comes from all around us.  Some of the most common culprits are the foods we eat, what we drink, and what we put in and on our skin.  Here are a few more pointers to help you out. 

1. Hypochlorous Acid Cleanser

After washing your face with one of the above facial cleansers, simple spray a hypochlorous acid spray all over you face or where the blemishes and symptoms are occurring.  I recommend our Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser. 

2. Plant-Based, Organic, Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Diet is huge when it comes to inflammation.  Most of the foods we eat cause inflammation of some sort in our body.  Eating more vegetables that are organic can make a huge difference in your symptoms.  I recommend starting the day with a green smoothie.   Check out 19 smoothie recipes here.

3. Decrease Toxins in Your Life

Toxins are everywhere in our life and they can cause inflammation in your body, which will result in acne and rosacea.  We wrote a very in depth article on toxins here, but the one recommendation I would make if you have rosacea is to STOP using dryer sheets and stop using laundry detergent and switch to organic wool balls for your dryer and eco nuts for your washing machine.  

4. Drink More Water

Most of us are dehydrated and need to drink more water.  Try to drink more using the techniques I talk about here.

5. Use Moisturizers with Minimal Ingredients

What we put on our skin is so important for inflammation.  The skin is the biggest organ in the body and is the entryway into our body.  For moisturizing your face and neck we recommend using our Heyedrate Eye Cream and Face Moisturizer (no greasy feeling) or you can simply use an organic, jojoba oil (more greasy)

One Love,

Dr. Jenna Zigler

Dr. Jenna Zigler


My husband, Dr. Travis Zigler, and I also wrote a book to help guide you in this anti-inflammatory journey.  Get the free PDF version of Rethinking Dry Eye Treatmentby clicking here.  

Rethinking Dry Eye Treartment

 

Full Disclosure: I made this list initially and then some of you reached out (thank you) and asked me to create a more natural cleanser for your face with fewer ingredients.  This is how Heyedrate was born.  The first two products on this list we born (1a Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash and 1b Heyedrate Tea Tree Bar Soap). 

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