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Health Tip: Caring for Skin With Rosacea

Suggestions for applying makeup

(HealthDay News) -- Rosacea is a facial skin condition that causes red areas on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Cosmetics, properly applied, can do wonders for improving your appearance and self-confidence, the National Rosacea Society says.

The society offers these suggestions.

  • Start by gently cleaning and moisturizing your skin with products recommended for skin with rosacea. Never rub, pull or irritate your skin.
  • Don't use a lot of cosmetics. Instead, use just a few that work well for you.
  • Look for products that are multi-use, such as a foundation with sunscreen. Also, use a foundation or base with a green tint that will counter rosacea's redness.
  • If you use foundation and concealer, look for oil-free options. Concealer should be about one shade lighter than the color of your skin.
  • Gently apply foundation with an antibacterial brush and smooth it across the face, starting in the center.
  • If using a powder, look for a mineral-based product to mask redness (look for a yellow tone) and reduce irritation.
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