The ingredients in the cream or ointment prescribed to treat your rosacea may actually aggravate or worsen your rosacea. Often times it’s not the primary ingredient that causes problems but the additives used to preserve the medication, keep it from drying out too quickly in the package or used to allow it to glide more easily over the skin that can be the source of additional irritation, redness, and dryness or skin rashes.

One such ingredient which can be difficult to avoid is Sodium lauryl sulfate. When this ingredient is applied to the skin through the use of creams, lotions, shampoo or topical medications, it results in a thinning of the protective outer layer of the skin.

When the top layer of the skin is damaged the result is an increased susceptibility to bacteria and infections, the skin’s ability to hold moisture is compromised resulting in increased dryness and […]