Rosacea is something from which a wide array of individuals suffer. However, it seems to be most common with aging skin. While there is little that can be done to "cure" the problem, there is a lot that can be done to camouflage it. Some of the most common and most successful methods are covered here.
Make certain that the redness in your skin is really rosacea. If you haven't already done so, contact a physician (prefereably a dermatologist) for an appointment. If you receive a diagnosis of rosacea, move to Step 2 unless the physician has outlined other treatment options for you. In some instances, physicians may prescribe an antibiotic cream that will help lessen the look of the rosacea, which may be very helpful in hiding its overall effects.
Examine your skin in a lighted mirror to determine exactly which areas require camouflage above and beyond that of regular make-up. Make certain that the skin isn't irritated or inflamed before moving forward.
Use skin care products that are made especially for rosacea like the Zedmed Support Series, Murad Redness Therapy or Reverta. While these may not help camouflage the rosacea right away, over time they can reduce the redness, bumps and swelling that make the rosacea so prominent. Therefore, it becomes easier to cover it up as time goes by. Additionally, many of these products also carry an SPF that helps to protect the skin from the sun--an absolutely essential step for those suffering from rosacea.
Apply an all natural mineral make-up like Bare Escentuals, Bare Minerals, or others on the market that do not contain additional chemicals, additives or preservatives. In many instances, these light reflecting minerals work wonders at camouflaging rosacea. First, try applying dry according to the instructions given for the makeup in question. If that doesn't work, try applying wet for a slightly heavier coverage. Choose these types of all natural mineral make-up because skin that is already experiencing problems should not be bombarded with additional chemicals that might inflame or irritate it more. Mineral make-up is great in that it can be applied in layers where more coverage is needed without making the rest of the skin look overdone. The trick is in proper application.
Apply corrective make-up. If mineral make-up isn't for you for some reason, the next step is to try a make-up corrective treatment. Some cosmetic companies like Almay, Eucerin Redness Relief, Physician's Formula, Signature Club A, and others make cosmetic products with a green corrective pigment. These are designed to specifically counteract the redness of rosacea. I have personally found that most of these work about the same way as far as the pigment effect. However, the texture varies immensely from make-up to make-up. Therefore, the key will be to find the right textured pigment for your particular skin type.
Purchase cosmetics made specifically for people who suffer from rosacea. Go Natural, ColorTration, or Special Care Cover are great examples of these types of products. They are made specifically for this problem and give the wearer flawless looking skin while also protecting it from further damage.
Resort to the heavy concealing makeups like Smart Cover, Instant Cover, or Derma Blend if all else fails. Keep in mind that because these are heavier make-ups, you won't be able to accomplish some of the fresh styles that are popular in beauty today. You must decide which trade off you are willing to sacrifice; flawless looking skin that may appear a bit heavier than norm or slightly red skin that is still fresh looking and conforms to today's standards.