In the UK alone, roughly one in 10 people are currently living with rosacea, a skin disease which involves the tendency to blush or flush more easily than your average Josephine and which can spread beyond the face to the ears, chest, and back.
As the American Academy of Dermatology reports, rosacea actually has four subtypes that can result in the aforementioned flushing and visible blood vessels in addition to other frustrating symptoms like persistent redness, swelling, acne-like breakouts, bumpy texture, and more. Dryness, stinging, burning, and a scaling, flaky texture can be other not-so-fun side effects.
Not surprisingly, all of the above make shopping for skincare and makeup hard.Many formulas are drying, irritating, or filled with icky ingredients that just won’t play nicely with rosacea or skin that’s prone to chapping, redness, or dehydration.
According to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau (who has also been my skin hero), steering clear of highly active ingredients, overexfoliation, hot water (store your skincare in the fridge!), and allergen-ridden products and embracing protective, gentle, and calming ingredients (think physical sunscreens, chamomile, white tea, etc.) is a fabulous game plan for managing rosacea. Another good idea? Opting for the best foundations that will not only help camouflage redness or other related complications like bumps and uneven texture but will also heal, soothe, and definitely not exacerbate the volatile situation. Ahead, we’re highlighting 11 of the best foundations for rosacea, organised by how much you’re willing to spend. Keep scrolling!