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Post-spin class, a cringe-worthy moment, one too many martinis—all of the above can leave you a little bit red in the face. But there’s a significant difference between the occasional blush and perma-flushing. If your cheeks and nose are chronically red, you may have rosacea.
It’s an incredibly common condition; according to the National Rosacea Society, 415 million people worldwide deal with it. “Rosacea is triggered by episodes of blushing and flushing caused by over circulation of the blood,” celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says. “It presents as sensitive, red, or inflamed skin that shows telangiectasia (small, visible blood vessels) near the skin’s surface, which can become pustular, often causing it to be mistaken for adult acne.” Like many other conditions, the exact cause is unknown, though genetics, as well as sensitivity to mites and bacteria that live on our skin (file under gross but true), can play a role.
The good news is that, while the root of the issue is undetermined, we do know what types of triggers can exacerbate the flushing. Common ones include sun exposure, alcohol, spicy foods, hot temps, and more. The other piece of good news? There is plenty of OTC skincare that can help; we’re talking calming, cooling products packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients that effectively help quell redness. Make those the first part of your routine, followed by makeup that’s specially made to help knock out redness. There are more options out there than ever before, all of which can help camo and conceal flushing. The goal is to abide by many of the same rules as you would when choosing skincare; avoid irritating ingredients, such as fragrance and alcohol, and stick with simple products that contain minimal ingredients, though ideally with some skin-calming ingredients built-in, suggests celebrity makeup artist Bryan Cantor.
Ahead, the best rosacea-approved makeup products.
So long as you choose wisely, the right makeup can work wonders when it comes to improving the look of rosacea-prone skin. The It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Color-Correcting Cream is our ultimate fave (and a fave of derms and makeup artists alike), for both camouflaging redness and helping to soothe the skin. Choosing a mineral powder or foundation is always a good idea if you have rosacea; you can’t go wrong with the beloved Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15.
What to Look For in Makeup For Rosacea
Generally speaking, the simpler and shorter the ingredient list, the better, as there’s less likely to be something in the mix that will irritate your already stressed-out skin.
Alcohol and Fragrance-Free
Just as you would when choosing skincare, steer clear of these two, some of the most common irritants out there, says Cantor.
More and more makeup formulas today include the addition of skincare ingredients that can help calm and soothe the skin, think aloe, chamomile, and allantoin, just to name a few.
Why Trust Byrdie?
Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. While she doesn’t have rosacea, she does have extremely sensitive skin and chooses her makeup accordingly.
Meet the Expert
- Reneé Rouleau is a celebrity esthetician and founder of Renée Rouleau Skin Care, known for catering her products especially towards those with sensitive skin.
- Bryan Cantor is a global celebrity makeup artist based in New York City. He brings his impressive knowledge of skincare, makeup products, application techniques, and professional tips and secrets to clients and companies in New York City and across the globe.
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