3 questions to an expert

To camouflage red imperfections, I recommend medical make-up to my patients.

Img_To camouflage red imperfections, I recommend medical make-up to my patients.

These days rosacea and acne can be treated effectively. But after treatment, red areas and scars main remain. Patients often want to conceal them, for example during their treatment. How do you go about it? Our questions are answered by a dermatologist.

1. Is camouflaging part of your dermatological practice?

I prefer the word "make-up" to "camouflage".

It is actually medical make-up. A few years ago, make-up was not recommended by dermatologists. Today we understand that it improves our patients' quality of life. The existing products, which are fragrance-free, preservative-free and non-comedogenic, present no risk of irritation or sensitisation. I recommend medical make-up to my patients.

2. What advice do you give?

Before applying any make-up, you must start with a base.

Then you use a corrective foundation whose colour most closely matches your skin. It should be applied in small quantities and gently spread over the face. To neutralise red tones, you can use a very small amount of concealer before applying the foundation. For redness, you can use green, a complementary colour, as well as yellow for more heavily pigmented skin.

3. Generally speaking, how do you address medical make-up with your patients?

I systematically discuss it with my patients, while we are on the topic of a laser treatment, for example, or if they have acne scarring.

I reassure patients by explaining to them there is no risk of aggravation. I have them test the textures of the products. I suggest a demonstration on a red patch. Patients are always surprised by the result! Then I teach them the basic techniques of medical make-up which are quick and simple.

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