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.