Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes redness and inflammation of the cheeks, chin, forehead, nose or eyelids. It often appears as spider-like blood vessels, bumps, swelling, or pimples. Rosacea affects approximately 16 million people in the U.S., according to the National Rosacea Society. Of American sufferers from the condition, 76 percent reports that it lowers their confidence and self-esteem. Learn beauty tips that will help conceal the appearance of the redness and imperfections caused by rosacea.
Choose an oil-free foundation or makeup base with a green tint that has the level of coverage you need, depending on the severity of your rosacea. An oil-free foundation will feel lighter on your skin and be less likely to cause irritation. The green tint will help correct the appearance of redness in your skin and create a more even skin tone. Buy a makeup foundation with sunscreen protection, which will help protect your skin from sun exposure. Make sure the foundation is fragrance-free, since fragrances can irritate rosacea.
Use mineral powder on your face, since it doesn't contain certain ingredients found in traditionally-prepared face powders which can exacerbate your rosacea. Many mineral powders are also formulated to reduce discoloration on the skin. Try dusting a mineral powder with yellow tones over your foundation or base to lessen the appearance of redness and help even out your skin tone.
Purchase an oil-free concealer to help conceal the redness and other skin imperfections caused by rosacea. Select a concealer that closely matches your natural skin color. Dab it on facial bumps, exposed blood vessels and red blotches, and blend it well into the skin. You can apply the concealer before the foundation, and then blend the foundation on top to create a more even skin tone.
Look for a mineral powder blush that is formulated for sensitive skin. Since you already have enough color in your face from the rosacea, avoid strong colors that will bring out more of the redness in your skin. Choose a neutral color without red tones. Apply sparingly with an antibacterial makeup brush, sweeping the blush from the center of your cheeks to the temples. Make sure the blush you select is fragrance-free to avoid further irritating your skin.
Wear a neutral lip color. Harsh, red shades will cause the rosacea to be more noticeable. Look for a neutral lip color or lip gloss which are close to your own natural lip color.
Certain skin care products can aggravate rosacea and make your skin more red, such as toners, astringents and skin exfoliants. Don't use skin care products that contain harsh ingredients which may burn or irritate your skin, such as witch hazel, alcohol, menthol, clove oil, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, salicylic acid, camphor and sodium lauryl sulfate.
Many rosacea sufferers experience red, itchy eyes, so avoid waterproof mascara and liquid eye liner which can easily get into the eyes and further irritate them. Waterproof mascara contains strong chemicals and is more difficult to remove, which can further irritate the eye area. Don't use strong eyeshadow colors which will call attention to the redness in your skin. Choose neutral eye shadow shades instead.