Ingredients to avoid if you have Rosacea

Sarah Brown is the founder of Pai Skincare. Entrepreneur, mum and sensitive-skinned soul.

I’ve written about Rosacea many times – ingredients to avoid, the effects of diet, environmental triggers etc. But the message is far more interesting coming from Rosacea sufferers themselves.

According to the National Rosacea Society, 41% of 1,066 patients surveyed said that certain skincare products aggravated their condition.

Here are the top six skincare ingredients to avoid based on their reactions:

  1. 66% said Alcohol
  2. 30% said Witch Hazel
  3. 30% said Fragrance
  4. 21% said Menthol
  5. 14% said Peppermint
  6. 13% said Eucalyptus

Do you agree? Have you ever experienced a Rosacea or redness flare after using products containing any of these ingredients?

For more advice on how to manage Rosacea, have a read through my previous post: What is Rosacea and how can I treat it?

You can also read the full report from the National Rosacea Society here, or if you’d like anymore in depth or personalised skincare advice, email our team of sensitive skincare experts on

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