8 Foundations That Won’t Irritate Sensitive and Rosacea-Prone Skin

BY Dermstore Editors · July 20, 2018

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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 five 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, 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.

1. jane iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation

Why we love it: The bead-like spheres in this mineral foundation dispense into a silky, mousse-like texture, which one Dermstore shopper likened to whipped cream. Aside from its light-reflecting minerals, which blur the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and other skin imperfections, this foundation also features cooling aloe to bring relief to red and inflamed skin, while hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin for a smoother, more supple-looking complexion.

2. Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 

Why we love it: This long-wear, full-coverage foundation has a surprisingly lightweight texture that simultaneously evens your skin tone as it helps protect your skin from the sun. Formulated with vitamins A, E, mineral pigments and Amazonian clay, which also helps balance excess oil production, this liquid foundation works to neutralize free radicals as it soothes and softens your skin. Dermstore shoppers consistently rave about its long-lasting coverage, which lasts all day!

3. Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation

Why we love it: Doubling as an anti-aging treatment with skin-plumping alpha lipoic acid, it visibly smooths over line depth and wrinkles. Its blend of vitamin C ester brightens sallow skin and evens skin tone to eliminate the use of heavy concealers in the future. And as a bonus, it comes complete with natural sunscreen for broad-spectrum UV protection to layer with your regular sunscreen without any heaviness or greasy feeling.

4. Glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base Powder Foundation

Why we love it: The mineral-based pressed powder foundation features a feather-light formula that adheres to your skin to absorb oil and reduce shine while blurring complexion imperfections, redness and blemishes. It also features green tea extract and vitamin C to nourish and protect skin against sun damage. Dust this over your face with your favorite makeup brush to create a buildable layer, or blot only where you need coverage with the included circular sponge applicator.

5. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Why we love it: The lightweight, breathable formula minimizes the appearance of breakouts, blemishes, rashes, acne scars, rosacea, wounds and other skin conditions as it helps speed up skin healing with a unique, super-charged oxygen complex, which stimulates cell production. With SPF 25, it also helps protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Bonus: This foundation comes in various shades for both blue and yellow undertones.

6. Glo Skin Beauty Satin Cream Foundation 

This long-wearing and buildable foundation drapes your complexion in smooth, satiny pigment and dries to a soft-focus finish for an even and flawless appearance. Antioxidants work to protect your skin from age-causing damage while aloe vera soothes away redness and irritation. Oil-free, lightweight and mineral-based, this foundation blends beautifully on your skin without clogging your pores or irritating sensitive and redness-prone skin.

7. Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Flawless Serum Foundation

Why we love it: This foundation features coconut alkanes and plant-based Phyto-Pigments, providing not only a full-coverage, skin-perfecting formula, but also a comfortable wear. It includes grapeseed oil, a rich source of resveratrol, and Age-Defy Serum Technology to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Flawless Serum Foundation has a buildable formula that blends easily and delivers smoother-looking skin with a radiant finish.

8Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Pigments 

Why we love it: This foundation offers a water-free and oil-free formula that is blendable, buildable and customizable to smooth and even skin. It can be used alone or mixed with your moisturizer to safely cover imperfections, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and redness. Allergy-tested, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic and formulated without phthalates, triclosans or sodium lauryl sulfates, this formula is safe and easy to use on sensitive skin.

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