Makeup for Rosacea: How to Cover Rosacea

woman with rosaceaPeople with rosacea often confuse it with acne due the redness associated with it.  Any blemishes you have may be more related to your rosacea than acne.  While there are a number of treatments for rosacea, your dermatologist can give you a topical treatment to help heal or control it. In this article, I will focus primarily on how to use makeup for rosacea in order to conceal it.

As with normal acne, you need to use a concealer to neutralize the redness associated with your rosacea.  Green is the most common color used, though some people will react better to a yellowish concealer.  Skin that is more fair may look too greenish when a green concealer is used.   If you have to use a lot of foundation over the green concealer, it defeats the purpose and you will have to layer on too much makeup.  Use a yellow concealer in this case and experiment with the amount needed.

As with acne, many people prefer using mineral makeup for covering rosacea.  The fact that mineral makeup has fewer ingredients and chemicals  means that there are less things to irritate your skin.  Use a greenish or yellowish powder first and then your foundation powder afterwards.

I have also found that a tattoo concealer, like Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, can help cover very small areas of rosacea or acne scars.  Just be careful not to use too much since it is very creamy. 
Cover FX
makes a heavier concealer and foundation that you can match precisely to your skin tone and set with powder.  It lasts a long time and is more waterproof than other foundations.

Try to use products that have as few chemicals as possible to prevent irritation to your skin and aggravation of your rosacea.  In addition, use very gentle makeup removers at the end of the day.  I like Boscia’s Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil, or the Soy Cleanser by Fresh.  After cleansing, apply your rosacea treatment, or just a very gentle moisturizer.  Be careful of using any acne treatments in the areas where you have rosacea since they can just make it worse.

If you havent’ done so already, go to a dermatologist to get your rosacea diagnosed properly.  He or she will be able to tell you whether it is rosacea or acne and will give you the correct treatment to try.  Unfortunately, rosacea can actually be harder to treat, and to conceal, than acne.  Most people grow out of acne eventually, whereas rosacea can be a lifelong condition.

Below are a two great products for skin with rosacea from DERMAdoctor.  I’ve used the Calm, Cool and Corrected myself and it does an amazing job of calming any redness.  Check them out and just make sure you test anything on a small patch of skin first.

I have also heard that Afterglow Cosmetics are fantastic for sensitive skin.

Any suggestions for other rosacea makeup?  What has worked best for you?  Let me know by commenting below.

– Sharyn

PS – Here’s a link to a green mineral makeup concealer by Beau Monde.  It got 4 stars at Amazon and is one of the only green mineral powder concealers I’ve been able to find.  I haven’t tried it, but it meets all the criteria.

Teen Girls Acne

The following is an article by a guest author from Acne Home.

Acne breakouts in the teen years can be a very depressing situation. As teenagers, about 85% of girls have to fight acne. Some of them get rid of it, but most have to face it for many years or even their whole life. Studies show that acne in teen girls is not as severe as in teen boys, but it can be more depressing and frustrating for girls.

Teen acne can cause psychological problems, such as an inferiority complex. Why are girls more depressed with this situation then their male counterparts? It’s because girls are more conscious about their looks than males. That’s why girls often avoid social contact when they have acne, which brings even more depression.

Causes of Teen Girls’ Acne:

There are many different causes of teen girls’ acne. The most common cause of any teen acne is hormones. Girls produce two fundamental hormones, i.e. estrogen and progesterone. The body produces these hormones normally, but their levels sometimes go higher than normal, which leads to an overstimulation of the sebaceous glands. Excessive sebum is produced due to these stimulated sebaceous glands.  The excess sebum combined with dead skin cells clog hair follicles which restrict efficient discharge of sebum.

Some other causes:

There are some other causes of teen acne as well, such as:

●       Lack of sufficient nutrients

●       Weak immune system

●       Drug reactions

●       Make up

Certain vitamins and minerals are very important to maintain hormones. For example, zinc helps to control the menstrual cycle and to maintain it.  It is important to take zinc in an appropriate amount. Some drugs may contribute to acne also.  If you notice breakouts after any medication, stop taking it and consult your doctor immediately.

Causes of hormonal imbalance in girls:

Teen girls often experience severe break outs before and after their menstrual cycle. This is due to increased hormone activity, especially before the menstrual cycle.  As you know, excess production of these hormones stimulates the sebaceous glands.  Therefore, these monthly periods cause the highest imbalance in hormonal levels.

Natural herbs and teenage girls’ acne:

There are many treatments available to treat girls’ acne depending on their skin type and severity. However, synthetic medications can have side effects and most of the girls are aware of it. For this reason, many girls prefer herbal products to treat acne. Herbal products are safe as well as very effective for all kinds of acne. There are many herbal products available to treat acne, including herbal lotions containing nutritional ingredients like vitamins and minerals.

Conclusion:

Acne is the most common skin disorder in teen years for both boys and girls. Boys are more susceptible compared to girls, but girls often suffer more depression as a result of it. The main causes of teen acne in girls are imbalanced hormones, weak immune system, and lack of a balanced diet. In addition, regular or irregular menstrual cycles and puberty cause overproduction of hormones which stimulate the sebaceous glands. Finally, zinc is an important dietary substance which helps maintain the menstrual cycle and balance hormone production.

About the author:

Helen has been an expert in skin health writing specifically on the subject of acne. Her work has been published on various websites and magazines and provides insightful advice for skin disease, home remedies for acne sufferers. For more articles on acne and its causes please visit http://www.acnehome.com/

NOTE: The views and opinions in this article are those of our guest author from Acne Home, Helen, and do not necessarily represent those of Makeup for Acne.

Vitamins for Acne: Cure or Scam?

Fish oil for acne

There are numerous testimonials by people that claim vitamins for acne were the ultimate and final cure for their acne.  Do not believe a word of it.  I don’t know where these testimonials originate, but there is no evidence that vitamins can cure acne.  However, certain vitamins can help your body fight off acne as well as other conditions. It is all part of your general health and taking care of your body.

Some of the vitamins and minerals that can strengthen your body’s defences and help alleviate your acne include:

  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Chromium
  • Zinc

Different B vitamins taken together can help alleviate stress, which weakens the immune system and can be a contributing factor in acne for some people. Vitamin A strengthens protective tissue and reduces sebum production, especially as a topical treatment in the form of retinol or isotretinoin.  Both Vitamins E and C are antioxidants that help fight free radicals and strengthen your immune system.  Chromium, in the form of chromium picolinate, can help reduce infections.  Finally, zinc aids in the healing of tissue and can help inflammatory acne, although it can upset the stomach.

Rather than taking a multivitamin, it is always ideal to consume your vitamins in the form of real food.  These include fresh fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors – yellow, orange, green, and red.  You can go by the guideline that the more variety of natural color in a fruit and vegetable the greater range of vitamins you’re getting.  Lean meats and whole grains provide other vitamins and minerals, while healthy oils (like avocado and olive oil) legumes and nuts provide even more.  A balanced diet along with regular exercise will provide everything you need to keep you healthy and help you fight off acne.

In reality, most people are unable to take in enough vitamins and minerals through diet alone.  In this case, a good multivitamin is essential.  There are some multivitamins on the market that claim to be especially beneficial for acne.  Those are a good option, but just remember that they won’t cure you overnight, even though some of them swear they will.  Your best cure is to combine your topical acne treatment with a healthy diet, plenty of water, and exercise.

– Sharyn

P.S. Some people have foods they are sensitive or allergic to that can trigger acne breakouts.  Be aware of what you are sensitive to so you can avoid them.  However, there is no food that specifically causes acne.  After all, does everyone who eats pizza or chocolate have acne?

The following is a product sold at Amazon that combines vitamins with a topical cream.  It got a 4 start rating by users, although I haven’t tried it myself.

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

There is a great tip for how to cover acne scars that I only just came across recently. After years of practice and experience covering my acne and acne scars, I should have known this.  Better late than never.

Here is the trick:

** Let your concealer set for a few seconds before you blend. **

Sounds so obvious, doesn’t it?  Well, I am always in such a rush that I’ve never done that.  It is amazing the difference it makes.

The next time you put on your makeup, follow these steps to cover your acne scars, pimples, discoloration.  You name it.

  1. Wash your skin
  2. Apply your preferred acne treatment
  3. Apply your preferred moisturizer
  4. Put on a little primer
  5. Dab on a little concealer
  6. Let it set for a few seconds!!!
  7. Blend by dabbing gently or using a concealer brush to blend the edges
  8. Finish off with a little foundation, but don’t rub it in.  Otherwise, all your careful concealer application will be ruined.  If you can, just use a little powder foundation instead of liquid

I would love to hear anyone else’s tips for covering acne scars or covering acne in general.  Comments are always welcome.

– Sharyn

P.S.  My preferred concealer at the moment is Tarte’s
The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

The Best Acne Makeup

At Makeup for Acne, we are always searching for the best acne makeup.  Finding makeup that is safe for acne prone skin involves much more than just reading the label for ingredients.  Everyone’s skin reacts differently to specific ingredients and it is important to know this before blindly applying the latest product that everyone is raving about.  Know your own skin and what makes you break out.  Keep track of what is in a product that you have reacted to in the past.  Look for makeup and acne skin care products that have as few ingredients as possible.  And, most important of all, make sure you try out a new product on a small part of your face or neck to see what your reaction will be before putting it on your whole face.

A few of my favorite products:


Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer

Clean Slate Natural Face Primer


Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation
Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation (1.7 fl oz.)


bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair


bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25

bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25


Tarte The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer


Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Some of the products I list are not necessarily designed or marketed for acne prone skin, but I’ve had great results with them.  In fact, many makeup products that are made specifically for acne can aggravate your skin further if you are already using an acne treatment.  Ingredients like salicylic acid, often added to acne makeup, can overdry your skin if you have already applied something like benzoyl peroxide. Consider your own skin’s sensitivity and how dry or oily it is before selecting a product.

Have fun trying out different makeup!

-Sharyn

P.S. I often go to the sites advertised on the right to explore reviews on different products. Don’t just listen to sales associates in cosmetic stores. They are often just promoting the latest makeup they’ve been trained on. Use the websites online to get real user reviews. You can always return something if it doesn’t work out for you.

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