You might take great pains to keep your skin as clean and healthy as possible -- but still be struck with eczema. This affliction can cause a red and ruddy appearance, usually brought when your immune system overreacts to an irritant. Even something as seemingly mundane as fabric softener can create a rashy appearance if your skin is sensitive to the ingredients. You can treat eczema with certain medications. In the meantime, use the right concealer to minimize the blemishes on your face.
Wash your face thoroughly with a mild facial cleanser and warm water. Don't scrub too hard, as this might irritate your skin and cause an eczema flareup. Hot, rather than warm, water may strip your skin of its natural oils.
Apply any prescription ointments or lotions, as well as moisturizer, before putting on any cosmetics.
Apply a thin layer of green-tinted concealer directly to irritated areas, using a makeup brush. Green tones offset red, which helps to mask irritation and make the area look as natural as possible.
Feather the edges of the concealer as needed, so it doesn't appear conspicuous.
Apply foundation that matches your skin tone on top of the concealer.
- Avoid concealer or makeup that contains lanolin, which can cause dry and cracked skin.
- If you have oily skin, resist the urge to use an oil-controlling concealer or foundation. These contain ingredients -- such as alcohol -- that can irritate sensitive skin.
- Apply an over-the-counter moisturizing cream to your face every day within a few minutes of showering or bathing. The right moisturizing agents -- applied at the right time -- provide nourishment and increased protection against further irritation.
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