6 Dermatologist-Approved Foundations for Rosacea
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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. Rather, "Rosacea is triggered by episodes of blushing and flushing caused from 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."
There are triggers that exacerbate the problem (like spicy foods and over-exfoliation) 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 neutralizing 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. Keep scrolling to learn more, and you'll be one step closer to banishing your redness.
Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation ($30)
Enriched with calming ingredients like chamomile, calendula, and vitamin E, Honest Beauty's soft cream foundation conceals and moisturizes your skin. "My skin is so sensitive," celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat says. "Finding a foundation is always a difficult task. But this foundation doesn't irritate, and a little goes a long way. I love the coverage—while it has medium to full coverage to mask any redness, it feels lightweight. If you're dealing with serious inflammation, apply Dermalogica's Redness Relief Primer ($46) to cancel redness and layer your foundation on top."
BareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($29)
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."
Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup ($28)
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 color-corrects.
Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation ($37)
Derms and the internet agree: This smooth-finish, full-coverage foundation covers major redness without feeling heavy or looking cakey. It works because it's noncomedogenic, non-acnegenic, and fragrance-free; protects your skin from the sun (a known rosacea trigger); and hydrates the whole day through.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream ($32)
Developed with plastic surgeons and dermatologists, this clinically tested, talc-free, and bismuth-free product completely cancels redness from view—that includes any red-toned skin discolorations, 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.
Rosacea Care Concealer Sample Box ($19)
For easy-to-customize coverage, opt for this sample box of redness-cancelling concealers. Apply the adaptive pigments with your fingers to neutralize rosacea and keep blushing and flushing at bay. Seaweed extract, willow herb extract, and green tea extract help nourish and soothe with each application.
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