Physician makeup recommendations for rosacea

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Physician makeup recommendations for rosacea
According to the National Rosacea Society, rosacea affects approximately 16 million Americans. (woman rosacea image by robert mobley from

Rosacea is a skin disorder which, as defined by the National Rosacea Society, causes the skin to have unpredictable flare-ups. The flare-ups, which most often appear on the face, take the form of red patches on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. While rosacea is not life threatening, it does become a life disturbance to many as it causes them to be insecure about their skin. With a few simple guidelines, make-up can be a great way to mask the symptoms of rosacea.

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Face Primer

A green-tinted face primer, applied before foundation, is beneficial to those with rosacea because not only does a primer help make-up stay on longer, but the green tint will cancel out any redness in the skin and even out the skin tone. Additionally, the primer should also contain UVA and UVB protection from the sun.

Foundation and Concealer

Waterproof and heavy foundations can cause irritation to those with rosacea, so they should be avoided. The best alternative is to use a light, oil-free foundation which contains silicone and SPF. The silicone will act as a barrier on the skin and prevent irritation, while the SPF will provide protection from the sun, which is another cause of rosacea flare-ups. Concealers should also be oil-free. Make sure to choose foundation and concealer colours that look natural and hide redness.


People with rosacea should opt for a blush that is mineral based and very sheer. Highly pigmented blushes may cause redness in the skin to stand out . It is also important for rosacea sufferers to use a blush specially formulated for sensitive skin and apply it with an antibacterial brush.

Eye Products

Because the eyes are sensitive, particularly in people suffering from ocular rosacea, which specifically affects the eye area, it is important to use very gentle eye products. All eye make-up should be specifically formulated for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist tested. Allergy-free and fragrance-free products are ideal. Eye liners, shadows and mascaras should all be non-waterproof and easy to remove. It is also best to stick to mineral based, neutral colours, as they have less pigment. Pigment can not only be an irritant and cause rosacea flare-ups, but bright colours can also enhance redness in skin.

Lipstick and Lipgloss

It is best for those suffering from rosacea to opt for neutral lip colours, close to the natural colour of their lips. Lipsticks in red or pink tones will enhance and exaggerate any redness or irritation in the skin.

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