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Rosacea & acne safe cleanser recommendations?

Hello! I have rosacea and acne prone skin and I'm currently looking for a cleanser that won't irritate my skin or clog my pores. Preferably I want something with little to no exfoliating ingredients because most AHA/BHA's will flare up my rosacea. Also no salicylic acid please because that also flares up my rosacea. I'll try anything that isn't over $30!

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Not sure how much it costs but you could try the Bioderma Sensibio gel. It's a basic cleanser which has a low irritation score. If you use a heavy foundation or concealer you would need to use a makeup remover. I only use light makeup so I don't need anything super strong.


I have rosacea and, at almost 65, still have oil production. Needed a dermatologist in my teens and 20s for my acne. So lots of sensitivity issues. I, too, was looking for a non-active cleanser. I've been using E.L.F. Skin's "Pure Skin" cleanser and it's totally non-offensive: no drying effect, no clogging effect, no fragrance. Loving it. And I last paid $12.32 CAN on Amazon for it. It's also available at Walmart. The quantity is also excellent - 180ml/6.09 fl oz. This is a great product. It also removes light makeup just fine. I sometimes use extra pumps for a double cleanse. If you use a lot of suncreen and/or makeup, you may need a first cleanse with a balm, which I don't need. But if I did, I would try E.L.F. Skin's Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm, at $12.32 CAN on Amazon. Good luck!


I have really sensitive skin, so gravitate towards baby washes. The brand I was using went off the market, so I recently switched to Cetaphil Baby Shampoo and Body Wash with Calendula and have done well with it... https://www.cetaphil.com/us/baby-skincare/baby-wash-and-shampoo/302993936077.html

Alternatively, Cetaphil Restoraderm Soothing Wash healed the skin barrier on my neck when it got super dry, red, and irritated and nothing else was working... https://www.cetaphil.com/us/cleansers/restoraderm-soothing-wash/302990210200.html

Either option is great for sensitive skin. I noted on the Restoraderm Soothing Wash Amazon reviews that a few people suffering with rosacea very highly recommended the cleanser and said it had caused them no issues. That said, I personally won't use Restoraderm wash on my face because it contains arginine and I'm very prone to cold sores, so don't want to use something that could encourage one to develop. But if you don't have that problem, then it might be a good option.


Aveeno calm & restore nourishing oat cleanser for sensitive skin if you want something calming, $9. They also have a matching moisturizer for redness relief.

Vanicream gentle face cleanser, $9, has been used in training in dermatology schools. It’s free of everything and feels moisturizing while still cleansing.

Both excellent for restoring skin barrier.