There are numerous tactics for the rosacea sufferer to combat their rosaca. However flareups are almost inevitable because at some stage you might drink too much alcohol or miss your daily facial cleansing routine, over exercise or be exposed to very hot or cold conditions. There are many things you cannot entirely control, also you might just have a bad day and the emotional stress could trigger a rosacea breakout!
Well in those cases you can use makeup to reduce the visible redness and blemishes on your skin. Most dermatologists tell rosacea sufferers to be very careful when choosing makup and to avoid continual use of makeup to hide the problem. Generally it is best to take control of your rosacea with dietary modifications, avoiding extreme heat/cold, finding a medication that works for you and only using makeup to cover rosacea when you have had an unavoidable rosacea episode.
Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing the appropriate makeup to help disguise rosacea symptoms.
Here is what to avoid:
Avoid perfumed cosmetics. Generally heavily perfumed cosmetics have more additives and chemicals and may be more caustic to the skin. Prolonged use of heavily perfumed cosmetics can actually increase the number and severity of rosacea breakouts!
Avoid products with lots of ingredients. Products which have a large number of ingredients are more likely to irritate your skin. Look for simple and effective products, they are less likely to irritate your skin.
Avoid alcohol and oil based products. Oil and alcohol are sometimes present in cosmetics and sometimes can cause a flare in sensitive rosacea prone skin. That includes anything that strips your natural oil out of your skin. Examples of those kinds of products are Witch Hazel, Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol. These products are too harsh for your skin and many cosmetics and cleansers contain them.
Also avoid anything that is designed to tighten up the skin and stip those natural oils – that includes astringents and many exfoliating products. When you treat your skin harshly a breakout is inevitable.
So that’s is a short list of what to avoid when selecting cosmetics for your skin, but what should you try to use?
You are basically looking for products which have a small number of ingredients! If the list of ingredients doesn’t include oils, astringents, alcohol and numerous additives, generally it has a better chance of being usable and not irritating your rosacea.
When you try a cosmetic out, test it on a part of your body where no one will see it. Don’t go slapping it on your face immediately, because sometimes all it takes is a single ingredient in a product to cause a breakout. If you get a sign of a breakout, give the product to one of your friends!
Some rosacea sufferers claim that organic products (without chemicals) have less chance of irritating your skin. Also don’t use too many products on your skin at once – they can actually react with each other. So a moisturizer might have ingredients that make your concealer irritate your skin. Keep it simple!
For more information about makeup for rosacea, check out the rosacea forums!