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What are some characteristics of the best makeup for rosacea?

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The best makeup for rosacea must be free of irritants that cause the condition to flare up, such as alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Any base that is used in the makeup must have a green tint to disguise the skin's redness, and the makeup must be oil-free.

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Use products with multiple functions to help prevent skin irritation. Products with a large number of ingredients, as well as the use of multiple products at a time, create a higher likelihood of irritation to the skin. Discontinue use of any products that burn, sting or irritate the skin.

When using a base or primer with a green tint, make sure that it also contains sunscreen. The sunscreen in the foundation protects skin from sun exposure that worsens rosacea. A tinted skin primer or base foundation also ensures that makeup lasts longer.

People with rosacea should use an oil-free foundation and an oil-free concealer with the correct level of coverage. Those with mild rosacea often require sheer coverage, while those with more severe cases require a product that provides full coverage. The foundation must match the natural skin tone as closely as possible, while the concealer must be one shade lighter.

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