Got Rosacea? These Makeup Tricks Will Make It Disappear

Understanding rosacea

rosaceaLipowski Milan/ShutterstockRosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 16 million Americans. It's most commonly characterized by visible blood vessels (often broken capillaries), redness, flushing, and those pesky acne-like bumps—most commonly on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. As rosacea is a chronic condition, sufferers often experience flare-ups and remissions. These are 10 things you need to know about rosacea—whether you have it or not.

Rosacea triggers

spicyfoodTMON/ShutterstockAccording to Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of The Dermatology & Laser Group, rosacea triggers include inflammatory foods, such as alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods, and environmental factors, such as sunlight and wind. "We also tell our patients to avoid certain ingredients in skin care and cosmetics, such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, and beta hydroxy acids, which can be too harsh for sensitive rosacea-prone skin." Concerned your skin care might be making symptoms worse? Read up on the signs your products are secretly damaging your face.

Soothing skin care

ceramidesAN NGUYEN/ShutterstockWhile makeup can cover symptoms, the fewer symptoms there are to cover the better, right? "Anti-inflammatory ingredients such as niacinamide and ceramides can be particularly helpful for combating the redness associated with rosacea," says Dr. Akhavan. For particularly dry skin, he recommends cleansing with Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, which has an abundance of hydrating ceramides, and favors La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser for normal to oily complexions. Moisturizer is a must as it strengthens the skin's natural protective barrier, keeping moisture in and irritants out. Look for sensitive skin-friendly formulas with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and humectants, like DERMAdoctor Calm Cool & Corrected or Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. Read up on the rules for people with sensitive skin.

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Mineral foundation

foundationS_L/Shutterstock"Mineral foundations are great because they are natural and less aggressive than traditional foundations," says Solomon. A mineral formula with SPF not only offers comfortable coverage, but also shields against harmful rays and inflammatory environmental factors. "My favorite is Colorescience Loose Mineral Powder Foundation Brush SPF 20. It combines all-over coverage and sun protection (thanks to natural minerals, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide). And with it's go-anywhere tube, you can touch up and cover up on the go." If you prefer a mineral foundation sans SPF for the evening, she recommends Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation, with free radical-fighting centella asiatica and white tea.

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Liquid foundation

foundationJAYANNPO/ShutterstockWhile mineral foundation is a great choice, if you prefer liquid foundation, that's totally fine too—just be sure to read the label. Steer clear of formulas with ingredients like fragrance, alcohol, propylene glycol, and mineral oil, which can irritate skin and exacerbate rosacea. Look for formulas that heal and conceal (yes, they exist!), like Redness Solutions Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 With Probiotic Technology. It's oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it won't clog pores. Plus, it contains soothing ingredients to calm irritation and probiotic technology to boost "good" bacteria and bolster your skin's barrier against aggressors. These expert-approved foundations actually improve your complexion.


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