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Rosacea Overview

Makeup for Rosacea

While medical attention provides long-term relief, in the short term, nothing beats good makeup and a gentle skin care regimen. It's crucial, however, to select the best products for your condition. More than 40 percent of patients reported that some skin care products aggravated their rosacea. Cosmetics were a potential source of aggravation for 27 percent of patients [source: National Rosacea Society].

If you suffer from rosacea, washing your face needs to be a gentle endeavor -- this includes both what you use and how you use it. Any sort of rubbing may irritate your skin, so it's best to put the washcloth away. Products from Dove and Cetaphil may be well-tolerated [source: Mayo Clinic]. When you wash, use only lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry, and then let it air dry for a few minutes before applying any topical medications. Give the medication five minutes to sink in before moving on.

"The simpler, the better" should be your mantra when shopping for skin care products and cosmetics. However, one exception applies: If you can find a promising product with multiple functions, such as a sunscreen and moisturizer combination, go for it. When shopping for skin products, avoid anything with fragrance;

products that contain alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint or eucalyptus oil; and exfoliating and astringent products.

Read all labels carefully. Look for the terms "noncomedogenic" and "allergy-tested." These terms are not interchangeable with "hypoallergenic," which is a standard that hasn't been clearly defined [source: National Rosacea Society]. Always test a bit of a product on an inconspicuous spot of skin first.

To correct uneven skin tone, try an oil-free foundation matched to your natural skin color. Foundation and concealer (one shade lighter than your foundation) should be applied with special antibacterial brushes that you clean daily. Mineral makeup products seem to work well for many rosacea patients [source: National Rosacea Society].

Use the same care in selecting eye products as you do for your other cosmetics. Waterproof mascara is a no-no, because you have to remove it with harsh solvents. You may also want to avoid bright colors, which can contain more pigment.

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