Couperose skin and rosacea: what’s the difference?

Following a consistent skincare routine is essential for couperose skin and rosacea

Do you know the difference between couperose skin and rosacea?

These skin conditions can look similar, and so are often confused.

Couperouse skin is red with broken capillaries and often feels tight and irritated. A flushed or blushing look is often a symptom of couperose skin.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition involving inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids. Skin affected by rosacea can also be couperose, however with rosacea you also get an acne-like appearance of lumps and bumps.

The most common triggers for couperose skin are extreme temperatures, alcohol, smoking, sun exposure, stress and spicy foods.

The most common triggers for rosacea according to a survey by the National Rosacea Society of 1,066 rosacea patients are:

  • Sun exposure 81%
  • Emotional stress 79%
  • Hot weather 75%
  • Wind 57%
  • Heavy exercise 56%
  • Alcohol consumption 52%
  • Hot baths 51%
  • Cold weather 46%
  • Spicy foods 45%
  • Humidity 44%
  • Indoor heat 41%
  • Certain skin-care products 41%
  • Heated beverages 36%
  • Certain cosmetics 27%
  • Medications (specifically stimulants) 15%
  • Medical conditions 15%
  • Certain fruits 13%
  • Marinated meats 10%
  • Certain vegetables 9%
  • Dairy products 8%


Caring for couperose skin and rosacea

Both couperose skin and rosacea benefit from a consistent skincare routine that uses gentle, fragrance-free products containing natural, certified-organic ingredients like calendula, chamomile and aloe vera.

Using the right products can help strengthen capillary walls, soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness.

Always wash your face with lukewarm water, as very hot or cold water can cause blood to rush to the face and cause more redness.

Use a good moisturiser helps reduce redness and prevent burning, stinging, itching and irritation.

♥ ♥ ♥ Home Nurturing Ritual ♥ ♥ ♥

1. Cleanse day and night with Mukti Cleansing Lotion

2. Tone day and night with Floral Hydrating Mist Toner

3. Moisturise daily with Calendula Crème

4. Eye treatment day & night: Rejuvenating Eye Balm

5. Night treatment: Antioxidant Facial Oil — allow a few minutes to absorb, followed by Nourishing Facial Crème

6. Mask: 1-2 a week use Buttermilk Oat and Pink Clay Masque

Do you suffer from couperose skin or rosacea? Please share your story with us in the comments section below.


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  1. LeighM72 says

    Hi Starr, we don’t have a package deal specifically containing all of these products at the moment, but I will forward your comment to Mukti and see what she can do. Cheers, Leigh

  2. Martin says

    Reading in the Daily Mail today there is a new product called Mirvaso which is terrific for rosacea. Wonder if it works on couperose as well. Being a man I’m not into various face creams.

  3. Bee says

    Martin, Dermalex have a cream which treats both and has made such a difference to my skin. I got mine in Boots.

  4. Susan says

    Yes I’m using dermalex for my rosecea and it is really helping me a lot would thoroughly recommend it.

  5. Cathy roberts says

    How long does it take for Dermalex to work I have been using it for 5 days and can’t see any difference yet can anyone help on this Thanks Cathy

  6. Harvey. says

    My trigger seemed to be starting taking the pill when I was in my early 20s that was back in the 1980s. Maybe I would have got it anyway but I had never had a flare up prior to this and have suffered from Rosacia ever since. My doctor prescribed Duac cream which worked amazingly for the inflammation and pimples but unfortunately I seem to have developed a sensitivity to it now. I have just bought Dermalex which has positive reviews and will look into Mirvaso. Electrolysis helped get rid of a lot of the red veins but it takes a couple of weeks for the skin to recover as it is quite damaged following treatment. I have just had laser and am undergoing IPL to try to keep things under control its more expensive and more of a commitment also having recovery time after treatment.

  7. amanda duncan says

    Hello everyone, these comments are very helpful. I believe I have couperose, I have very bright pinkish cheeks and, my whole face flares up when I work out or if I drink alcohol it will flare as well. I have experimented with so many face washes and moisturers and just don’t know if anything is working. I read that some people recommended Dermalex and that it really helps. Does anyone know where I can purchase it to try it out and see if it will be helpful for me?

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