9 Foundations That Won’t Irritate Rosacea-Prone Skin

BY Dermstore Editors · November 11, 2015

If you have rosacea, choosing a good foundation that won’t worsen your condition can be a real nightmare. You might want to cover some of the more embarrassing flare-ups, but you definitely don’t want it to clog your pores or aggravate your symptoms. “I educate my patients to look for a good mineral foundation for rosacea, which typically has the added benefit of being more natural,” says Cynthia Price, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained pediatric dermatologist.

“Most of the mineral foundations on the market contain additional calming ingredients, such as zinc, which is naturally anti-inflammatory and provides additional sun protection,” she says. “Likewise, many green-tinted foundations aid in concealing redness.” If you can’t find a foundation with SPF, you’ll want to apply a separate sunscreen with 5 to 10 percent zinc oxide to avoid flare-ups triggered by sunlight and UV rays. Dr. Price advises her rosacea patients to apply all of their rosacea products from thinnest to thickest, meaning your foundation will usually be last. And if your skin is especially sensitive, she recommends getting samples first before committing to a new product that your skin might not react well to.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you clean up your other daily habits too, in order to reduce the frequency of flare-ups and calm symptoms. “Rosacea is a chronic condition that requires a patient to be educated on its triggers, which include heat, sunlight, stress, hot exercise like the popular hot yoga, red wine, spicy foods and hot beverages,” says Dr. Price, who encourages her rosacea patients to keep a diary of their triggers and flare-ups. And if you’re looking for more advanced relief from rosacea, you can ask your dermatologist about peels or vascular-based lasers, which can permanently remove the broken capillaries.

So if you’re in the market for a better foundation to help conceal your rosacea without making it worse, check out these top-sellers from DermStore.

Best Foundations for Rosacea - DermStore


1. glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation – Satin II 

Soothe away redness and irritation with this foundation, which contains aloe vera and antioxidants. As a liquid foundation, you can build its long-wearing formula depending on your skin sensitivity or desired coverage.


2. jane iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation

The bead-like spheres in this mineral foundation contain cooling aloe to relieve redness and the silky texture diminishes the appearance of fine lines for younger-looking skin. One DermStore.com user likened its silky-smooth texture to whipped cream.

3.Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

The lightweight, breathable formula minimizes and heals rosacea flare-ups with an oxygen complex that stimulates skin cell production, which helps speed the healing process. With SPF 25, it also helps protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

4. Dermablend Cover Creme SPF 30

This maximum-coverage foundation still finished with a lightweight, fresh feeling, allowing your skin to breathe. As a mineral-based foundation, it glides on and camouflages the discoloration that can result from rosacea flare-ups.

5. Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation

This pressed mineral foundation conceals blemishes and minor imperfections while kaolin absorbs excess oil. Plus, it contains vitamin E and green tea extract to protect and nourish skin all day long—perfect for those with rosacea.

6. Colorescience Loose Mineral Powder Foundation Brush SPF 20 

As a mineral powder foundation that combines all-over coverage with sun protection, this foundation contains natural minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for SPF 20 protection that’s waterproof. With its go-anywhere tube, you can touch up on the go.

7. Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation 

White tea extract and centella asiatica deliver antioxidant protection to combat signs of aging while it brightens skin’s appearance and evens out your skin tone. DermStore.com users rave about how flawless the coverage is, covering up redness without irritating it.

8. Rosacea Care Concealer Sample Box 

Find just the right shade to cover and conceal, highlight or contour with adaptive pigments that reduce redness and improve the condition of your skin. Apply either with your fingers or a brush for a flawless finish that conceals flare-ups.

9. illuminare Concealing Mineral Foundation SPF 20 

With breathable coverage that won’t aggravate your rosacea, you can customize coverage from natural to full, minimizing the appearance of redness and hyperpigmentation. It also features SPF 20 protection to prevent against further damage.


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