Rosacea and Hyaluronic Acid: Everything You Need to Know

Rosacea and Hyaluronic Acid: Everything You Need to Know

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that primarily affects the face and is characterised by redness, flushing, and bumps or pimples. It is a condition that can be frustrating and difficult to treat, as it often requires a multi-faceted approach to manage symptoms.

One of the treatments that have gained popularity for managing rosacea is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to keep skin hydrated and plump. It is also commonly found in many skincare products and is often used in the treatment of ageing skin.

So, does hyaluronic acid help with rosacea? We take a look at the benefits of using Hyaluronic Acid and a step by step guide on how to use it for rosacea.

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid on Rosacea

When it comes to using hyaluronic acid for rosacea, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it is important to choose a product that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin, as many hyaluronic acid products can be irritating to people with rosacea. Additionally, it is important to start with a small amount of product and gradually increase use to avoid any potential irritation.


One of the primary benefits of hyaluronic acid is its ability to hydrate the skin. This is particularly important for people with rosacea, as dry skin can exacerbate symptoms. Hyaluronic acid helps to lock in moisture, keeping the skin hydrated and preventing dryness.

Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation is a common issue for people with rosacea, and it can cause redness, swelling, and irritation. Hyaluronic acid has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to calm the skin and reduce inflammation. This can help to reduce redness and make the skin appear calmer.

Skin Barrier Function

The skin barrier is an important part of healthy skin, as it helps to keep moisture in and irritants out. In people with rosacea, the skin barrier can be compromised, which can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation. Hyaluronic acid can help to strengthen the skin barrier, keeping it healthy and functioning properly.

How Hyaluronic Acid Reduces Redness

Hyaluronic Acid has anti-inflammatory properties that helps to calm any inflammation in the skin and visibly calm any redness. A lot of the time redness and sensitivity can be caused by dry skin so by adding this super hydrator to your skincare routine, it should help to ease inflammation and redness.

Step-By-Step Guide to Using Hyaluronic Acid With Rosacea

While there's no cure for rosacea, there are several treatments that can help manage its symptoms, including the use of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that's found in the body, and it plays a vital role in keeping the skin hydrated and plump. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid can help soothe and moisturise the skin, which can be especially helpful for people with rosacea.

Here's a step-by-step guide to using hyaluronic acid with rosacea:

Step 1: Cleanse your skin

Before applying any skincare products, it's important to start with a clean slate. Use a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup from your face. Avoid using hot water or scrubbing too vigorously, as this can irritate your skin and make your rosacea worse. We recommend our Revitalising Cleanser, as this gentle cleansing milk helps to remove make-up and impurities without irritating skin.

Step 2:  Use a spray toner

Spritzing a toner on freshly cleansed skin can help to not only calm and refresh the skin, but also act as another light layer of hydration without adding thick layers to the skin, which are known to trap the heat that rosacea can cause. Try our Revitalising Toner, an easy spray applications to soothe and calm red and irritated skin.

Step 3: Apply your hyaluronic acid serum

Once your skin is clean, it's time to apply your hyaluronic acid serum. Look for a fragrance-free option such as our Hyaluronic Elixir and use a small amount and gently massage it into damp skin, focusing on any areas that are particularly dry or irritated. 

Step 4: Apply your moisturiser

Before your hyaluronic acid serum has fully absorbed, it's time to apply your moisturiser. Look for a gentle, lightweight and hydrating moisturiser that's designed for Rosacea prone skin. Apply it in a thin layer, using gentle, circular motions. 

Step 5: (AM ONLY) Protect your skin from the sun

Sun exposure can exacerbate rosacea symptoms, so it's essential to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even if you're not planning on spending much time outdoors.

The Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum For Rosacea

When looking for a Hyaluronic Serum for Rosacea skin, looking out for a formula with different weights of hyaluronic acid molecules would be extremely beneficial. 

Scientific image showing the structure of Hyaluronic Acid

The three most common weights of Hyaluronic Acid are:

Sodium Hyaluronate (Medium Molecular Weight)

This wonder ingredient is said to be the most effective weight of Hyaluronic Acid as it is proven to increase skin hydration by 25% in two hours. It is not absorbed following application, instead it forms a thin, light, protective surface film that boosts moisture on the surface on the skin, in turn helping skin to retain moisture. Particularly great for those suffering from Rosacea as it will help to protect skin from any further environmental stressors on the skin.

Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid (Lower Molecular Weight)

This weight of HA has been broken down into elements small enough to penetrate the skin giving long term hydration and it has been proven to stimulate the skins natural production of Hyaluronic Acid within 24 hours for incredible skin hydration whilst plumping wrinkles from the lower levels in just 4 weeks. This weight of HA benefits those with Rosacea by penetrating the lower levels of the dermis helping to add hydration and soothe inflammation at a lower level. 

Hyaluronic Spheres (Higher Molecular Weight)

Unique cross-linked polysaccharide made from fermentation-derived Hyaluronic acid. It contributes instantly to the reduction of facial fine lines and wrinkles as well as increasing the elasticity of the skin.​ This type of HA has super hydrating properties proven to increase skin hydration, reduce skin toughness and wrinkle depth. This type of HA has been known to support skin barrier function which is great for Rosacea skin types as it helps to soothe and support a healthier barrier function.

We recommend adding the SKINICIAN Hyaluronic Elixir which has been formulated with all three weights of Hyaluronic Acid listed above for powerful results:

Using hyaluronic acid can be a helpful addition to your skincare routine if you have rosacea. With a little patience and consistency, you can help soothe your rosacea symptoms and keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

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