Rosacea is difficult to diagnose, as we all get a little flushed sometimes. Whether from irritation, overheating or a booze-filled night, redness is totally common. "Rosacea is triggered by episodes of blushing and flushing caused from overcirculation of the blood," celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says. "It presents as sensitive, red 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."
There are triggers that exacerbate the problem (like spicy foods and overexfoliation) and helpful solutions (like calming, cooling products with anti-inflammatory benefits). While treating the skin is the most important step, there are formulas that can work to soothe your skin while also neutralising and covering the redness. To score the best ones, we chatted with a few dermatologists and makeup artists who've seen, treated and covered it all.
Remember the original BareMinerals powder foundation? I will never forget the before-and-after images captured on those commercials. It turns out the product has real results to back up its claims. "With foundations, it's a trial-and-error thing," Rouleau warns. "But mineral powders like a BareMinerals generally work better than liquids, as they're far less irritating."
According to Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology, it's important to look for products with antioxidants. The Redness Solutions formula from Clinique is infused with just that, as well as probiotics and SPF to strengthen your skin's barrier and minimize flare-ups as it colour-corrects.
Derms and the internet agree: Dermablend's smooth-finish, full-coverage foundation covers major redness without feeling heavy or looking cakey. It works because it's noncomedogenic, nonacnegenic and fragrance-free; protects your skin from the sun (a known rosacea trigger); and hydrates the whole day through.
Developed with plastic surgeons and dermatologists, this clinically tested, talc-free and bismuth-free product from It Cosmetics completely cancels redness from view—that includes any red-toned skin discolourations, rosacea, broken capillaries, blemishes, skin irritations, sun damage, scars and age spots. The magic is in the ingredients: colloidal oatmeal to moisturize, aloe-avocado oil to soothe and green tea for antioxidant protection.
Sam Bunting, MD, recommends La Roche-Posay's ultra-lightweight mousse-textured cream to her patients with rosacea, as it won't clog or irritate the skin. Plus it contains optical blurring pigments that will brush out visible pores. "Keep it light all over; build coverage where you need it, and use a Beautyblender to create seamless coverage all over," she advises. ■
As soon as you find your perfect foundation weapon, we're almost certain your rosacea-based worries will be a thing of the past.