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Rosacea 101: How to Cover Facial Redness Without Upsetting Your Skin

If you are one the 450 million people worldwide, affected my rosacea, you are all too familiar with the frustration of random rosacea swelling and flare-ups, persistent redness and increased skin sensitivity. Even though it affects 10% of the British population, rosacea is still a relatively unknown condition which the general public have very little awareness of, unlike other skin issues such as acne.

Currently there is no permanent cure to get rid of facial redness from rosacea, but the condition can be managed and kept “dormant” with lifestyle adjustments and skin care treatments including primer, foundation and colour corrector especially for rosacea. While treating the skin is the most important step, there are formulas that can work to soothe your complexion while also neutralising and covering the redness. Here’s how to choose the right one for you:

Know Your Skin – Different Types of Rosacea


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Being able to care for, conceal, and select the best makeup for your rosacea relies on having a solid understanding of which subtype of rosacea your skin falls into. There are four main types of rosacea:

Vascular Rosacea:

Vascular rosacea is characterised by visible blood vessels, persistent facial redness and flare-ups that are typically itchy and feel hot on the skin.

Inflammatory Rosacea
Inflammatory rosacea is commonly mistaken with acne. It involves breakouts which flare up as quickly as they cool down.  There can be nodules, pustules (small bumps that contain pus) and papules (small bumps that are hard) which often cause burning and stinging sensations.

Phymatous Rosacea
Unlike the other more common types of rosacea, the phytamous condition is more common in men than women. It is characterised by thickened skin texture, enlarged sebaceous glands and persistent facial redness. It may cause fluid retention and swelling also known as edema.
Ocular Rosacea
Ocular rosacea affects mainly the eye area. Characterised by burning, stinging and redness, ocular rosacea can also cause swelling of the eye lids and blurred vision. If left untreated, milder types of the condition can evolve into ocular rosacea and cause permanent damage to your eyes.

Things to avoid:

Rosacea triggers really do vary from person to person, but there are some well-known skin irritants that any rosacea sufferer should stay far away from:
  • Sodium laurel sulfate

  • Camphor oil

  • Menthol

  • Alcohol

  • Eucalyptus oil

  • Synthetic Fragrances

  • Parabens

Make the most of your makeup

Finding makeup that gives you reliable coverage without upsetting your skin is a tricky task since most high-street brands include synthetic ingredients that can irritate rosacea-prone skin and exacerbate your rosacea flare-ups.  Whether you’re going for daily natural looks or a full glam face, we’ve got you covered:

Put the Fire Out

All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50

Before you turn to heavy camouflage, you need to soothe your skin and create a smoother, more uniform base for your makeup. Our top-selling All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 features a unique blend of antioxidants and skin hydrators to provide rosacea flare up relief and ongoing relief from skin sensitivity. It offers a universal green tint to hide redness and preps your skin for the next steps in your routine.

Prime and Conceal

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Once you pacify the skin irritation, you can go on with texture and colour correction. The Calming Perfector Face Primer SPF 20 comes in a universal golden shade that counteracts redness, extends your makeup wear and gives you a much-needed sun protection of SPF 20.

Let Your Skin Breathe

Tint Du Soleil SPF 30 Whipped Foundation

Thick, heavy coverage foundations can clog your pores and exacerbate inflammation in your skin. The Colorescience collection boasts the best makeup foundation for rosacea and large pores. The creamy, hydrating formula of Tint Du Soleil SPF 30 Whipped Foundation blends seamlessly into your complexion, giving you a smooth coverage of discoloration and texture imperfections. The lightweight formula helps you avoid the dreaded cakey look and keeps excess oil under control. What really sets Tint Du Soleil apart from other mineral formulation is the addition of ceramides and milk lipids that help alleviate rosacea symptoms as you wear it.