Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, which means that those who have it need to learn to manage their skin. As well as cosmetic difficulties, it is important to take into account the sensitivity of the skin. Using inappropriate skincare products and makeup could end up making the skin worse.

The aim is to avoid irritating the skin, and this means treating it with the utmost care and gentleness. Choose specialist skincare products to cleanse and moisturise the skin before using any makeup. If any products cause a stinging or burning sensation, don’t use them, and make sure you test new products on a small area of skin before using them all over your face.

Primers that have a green base can be very effective at reducing the redness associated with rosacea. It can also be helpful to choose products containing UV filters, as the condition can be triggered by exposure to sunlight.

Concealers and foundations should be oil-free and are best applied with a makeup brush, as it is less likely to irritate the sensitive skin. Brushes need, of course, to be cleaned between each use in order to minimise the exposure of the skin to oils or bacteria.