Rosacea-Friendly Multitaskers

Even if you don’t sell products in your practice you still encourage patients to focus on creating a simple skin care and makeup routine with multitasking products to reduce the number of formulas on their skin at any given time.

We asked CSF 2016 Faculty members Drs. Erin Gilbert, Barry Lycka, Joel Schlessinger and Carl Thornfeldt for their top rosacea skin care picks.

Carl Thornfeldt, MD, of Fruitland, ID, has formulated his own line of products out of his desire to offer the most effective products for his patients, paying particular attention to barrier repair and renewal. Epionce Renewal products are cholesterol-dominant and have been on the market for nearly 14 years. And since 1991 have exercised patented use of azelaic acid in the treatment of rosacea.

“My absolute go-to for my rosacea patients is the Epionce Intensive Nourishing Cream. This luxurious cream is made with botanical extracts that contain anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce redness, along with cholesterol, ceramides and free fatty acids in the proper ratio to help repair and optimize the skin barrier.  Finally, the azelaic acid is proven to effectively treat rosacea and helps with cell turnover. It is a multitasker because all these elements provide outstanding anti-aging benefits, while helping to clear the visible signs of rosacea.”

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen – Untinted offers effective broad spectrum protection from UV rays. UV Clear also includes moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.  For Dr. Joel Schlessinger of Omaha, NE, this product is a go-to for all of his patients, but especially for those with rosacea and sensitive skin.  “This sunscreen contains 9% zinc oxide, one of the highest levels available on the market. In addition, it is perfect for sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts and irritation. Best of all, it’s sheer, non-greasy and lightweight, and it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin.”


In New York, NY, Dr. Erin Gilbert recommends La Roche Posay”s Rosaliac CC Cream. Sensitive skin prone to all types of redness, whether occasional or persistent, dispersed or localized, find the universal tone of this CC Cream blends naturally into fair to medium skin and instantly conceals to correct all shades of redness.  Enriched with naturally derived Ambophenol extract, it helps to neutralize redness and has an SPF 30.  “Many of my female patients have fallen in love with La Roche Posay’s Rosaliac CC Cream. It simplifies their morning skin care regimen by providing hydration, a great redness neutralizer and an SPF 30 all in one product.”

VivierSkin LEXXEL Moisturizing Cream is the go-to rosacea product for Barry Lycka, MD of Alberta, Canada. LEXXEL features a rich formula that deeply moisturizes and nourishes. Calming ingredients soothe redness, reduce itching, flaking and other symptoms of reactive conditions. It also eliminates bacteria on the skin that can further aggravate skin.

These products are fantastic, but are certainly not the only ones available… so share your top pick and why it’s your go-to!

by Natasha Mohr

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