Reader Questions: Covering Redness and Pigmentation

You ask, we answer!  We recently asked some of our Facebook fans for their beauty and makeup questions, and we’re here to answer them.  We’ve helped Belle with her mineral makeup brushes and Casey with environmentally friendly makeup for under eye circles.  This week, we’re answering Ambareen’s question:

What’s the best way to eradicate face pigmentation?

First, if you’re dealing with serious facial pigmentation or perpetual redness, check first with your dermatologist.  Redness and face pigmentation can affect anyone and can be an annoying problem.  If you don’t have problems with redness, brown spots, or uneven skin patches, make sure you stay that way by being smart in the sun.  The best offense is a smart defense, wear a sunscreen daily that protects you from harmful UV rays.  Stress, cold winds, and even spicy foods can cause rosacea flare-ups as well.  So make sure you’re aware of what makes your skin unhappy, and adjust accordingly.  Especially in the winter, make sure to bundle up in the wind and shield your face with a scarf.

If you’ve done all you can to prevent redness and brown spots, there are a few things you can try to help reduce their appearance.  According to Real Simple Magazine, more that 15% of women may be perpetually red from either rosacea or irritation.  They suggest using Rodan+Fields Soothe Sensitive Skin Treatment for its anti-inflammatory ingredients and light-diffusing pigments.

For pigmentation, a common skin disorder that results in dark spots on the face or body, you can try creating a daily facial with some fresh cream and lemon.  Simply mix a few drops of fresh lemon juice with some fresh cream and smooth onto your face.  Some other homemade remedies from Numaderm include applying dried orange peels and water, cucumber juice, or adding radishes into your diet.  See all of their suggestions hereDaily Glow suggests a skin lightener.  If you’re discoloration is fairly recent, try an over-the-counter botanical skin lightener with ingredients like bearberry or coffeeberry extract, which can help fade recent hyperpigmentation.  There are also more intense options like lasers, peels, and retinoid creams to help treat long lasting pigmentation, so ask your dermatologist.

For a quick fix, look to your makeup: you’ll want to start with a makeup primer.  Primers come in different colors for different problems.  A green shade primer helps neutralize redness while an apricot colored primer can make darkened skin appear lighter.  Primers also help your makeup glide on more smoothly and can provide extra coverage against the sun.  A few primers to try: Smart Shade Perfect & Correct by Almay, Clean Slate Face Primer by Tarte bursting with fruit and plant derived extracts, or Physician’s Formula Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer.  For foundation you’ll want to opt for a liquid foundation or a mineral foundation.  Avoid powder formulas and try to stick with foundations that contain non-irritating ingredients like fragrance free and hypo-allergenic formulas.  If you only have a few trouble spots, you can opt for spot treatment with a concealer.  Start slowly and apply a thick, opaque concealer to your small, problem spots, and top with a dusting of loose mineral powder.  As with any makeup, one size does not fit all, so you’ll have to do a little experimenting to see what works for you.

Did any of these ideas work for you?  Do you have a burning beauty question you’d like us to answer?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Photo Credit: Natural Holistic Health 

  • Marina

    I like the tip about fragrance free and hypo-allergenic formulas, I will keep that in mind when shopping for foundations