Cleansers for Rosacea That Unclog Pores

Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

Rosacea impacts 14 million people in the United States, according to the Rosacea Support Group. This skin condition affects chin, eyes, cheeks, nose and eyes. It is an inflammatory condition similar to acne and causes red marks. Pores are openings in your skin that help maintain moisture balance by secreting oil from the sebaceous glands. Once these pores are clogged, however, your skin can become vulnerable to lots of irritations. Certain cleansers can unclog your pores and treat rosacea.

Ziana Cleanser

Ziana is a cleanser that contains a mild retinoid (tretinoin), which calms the redness of the rosacea along with the antibiotic clindamycin which fights the bacteria that causes spots. It serves to unclog pores and prevent nodules, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. It doesn't contain alcohol, so it reduces skin irritability. Generally used once a day, the gel spreads easily without a sticky residue left behind and is suitable for patients aged 12 or older. It is recommended to use once daily for 12 weeks.


Finacea is the only gel developed specifically to treat the acne component of rosacea and is the only one approved by the FDA for this purpose. Finacea is another topical treatment whose active ingredient is azelaic acid, found in a gel form and is naturally occurring. This ingredient clears pores while having anti-inflammatory properties. Bumps and pimples should be reduced within four weeks, but a 15 week course is usually recommended.

Clarisonic Brush Cleanser

A clarisonic brush is an excellent choice for unclogging pores as it is more effective than a usual cleanser, since its sonic action removes two times more dirt than washing with hands alone. It should reduce blemishes and minimize the appearance of pores. It is also gentle enough for rosacea sufferers and can be used twice a day with any other non-abrasive cleanser.

Paula’s Choice BHA 1 Percent Lotion

This fragrance free exfoliator contains 1 percent salicylic acid and is anti-inflammatory for rosacea sufferers. By unclogging pores it also increases skin firmness and tightens large pores. It should reduce acne and discoloration. Take a dime size amount and apply to your skin, massaging gently. The product can be used once or twice daily for as long as necessary after cleansing and toning. BHA strength refers to the strength of the salicylic acid in the lotion -- 1 and 2 percent concentrations are available.