Rosacea can be a very embarrassing condition, having a bright red face and unsightly pustules sometimes can make you feel less confident in social situations and in public.
Sometimes if you havea breakout, you can “cover up” the problem with smart use of cosmetics. However there are a number of considerations when choosing which type and brand of cosmetic to use and how to apply the cosmetic to cover your Rosacea. Some cosmetics can actually irritate your skin, further exacerbating your rosacea – the last thing you want to happen!
What all dermatologists agree on is that you need to start with well prepared skin before adding any makeup. That means your skin should be clean and moisturized. You need to choose from one of the many types of moisturizer which rosacea sufferers have found to work (check the rosacea forums or one of the other articles in the rosacea blog). Use only very gentle cleaners and moisturizers.
One of the keys with skin products for rosacea sufferers is to find ones without too many ingredients, especially strange chemical additives, as they frequently increase the chances of adverse skin reactions. Preferably find simple products that do more than one job – for example a moisturizer that also provides some protection from the sun allows you to use one product instead of a moisturizer and a sunscreen product. Avoiding the damaging sun is essential for people afflicted with rosacea. It is best to limit the number of products on your skin, not only to limit the number of variables but to reduce the chance of products reacting with each other.
Test any new products on a patch of skin other than your face. There is a chance the product could irritate your skin in general (not just your rosacea). Testing it on your belly or leg will give you an indication if your skin type can tolerate the ingredients of the product.
Avoid foundations and concealers that have oil in them, as it has been known to irritate the skin of rosacea sufferers. Mineral makeup is useful because it generally has fewer ingredients and can be applied easily with a brush.
If you do use a brush, make sure you clean it regularly as they can become a home to bacteria that can irritate your skin.
The same rule of thumb goes for eye makeup – try to use mineral eyeshadow and lightly brush it on. Anything that goes on your face needs to be tested elsewhere on the body first, even eyeshadow. Neutral shades tend to have less pigment which some people report means less chance of irritation.
Those neutral colors tend to work better for people with facial flushing associated with rosacea. Look for organic makeup as it also has less chance of irritating your skin. So keep it simple – use less products with limited ingredients and nothing with strong pigments and you are off to a great start!