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    My situation ...moderate rosacea, a few papules now and then, no acne, relatively dry skin
    My regimen now... Oracea 2x a day, rosanil wash 1-2x a day (sod.sulfa10%/sulfur5%)
    Vbeam--five treatments, only last one purpuric which caused some hyperpigmentation, now slightly fading after 2 mo.(derm says try IPL or time will resolve in 3-6mo.)
    My regular derm says I look best she has seen me ...hooray I guess something is working!
    Question....
    She asked what I am doing for makeup now....I said nothing at present but she said only powder not liquid...and then listed prescriptives, clinique and other hypoallergenic..almay etc.
    This is the second time she has said powder only
    Also I asked her if mineral powder was ok and she said NO too irritating

    I had so many things to talk to her about that I didn't get her to clarify the only powder answer. She knows I have dry skin, so does anyone understand her insistence on powder?
    The only thing that I can conjecture is that she thinks the liquid will get into pores more and be more difficult to remove...I really am not sure .

    I think she is a very good derm with some 20yrs exp. or so. She is attractive and sensitive too to appearances. I think often powder makeup is less flattering but.. I feel like if I do not obey this directive my skin may go down the toilet again so I don't want to ignore her advice. My rosacea had nothing to do with wearing liquid makeup...I almost never wore any makeup. Now with the rosacea and some hyperpigmentation--I do want a little cover up.

    Any ideas why she would say powder only?
    Roz
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    Hi roz-

    I find liquid too heavy and irritating. Plus it oddly accentuates my flakes even more. I hypothesize b/c the liquid pigment dries around the flake vs sitting on top of it like mineral makeup. Although I use a primer beforehand which also helps.

    Most liquids either have (a) a wax base which is an emulsifier and can be irritating for some (b) glycols and other chemicals that can also cause sensitivities

    My skin is always dehydrated with tough SD, and even though mineral makeup can look powdery/dry at first, in a few hours it melds with my skin. So I swear by Everyday Minerals. It has the added bonus of helping me tolerate heat, wind etc. better.

    Bare Minerals was irritating for me, but I suspect it was the bismuth oxychloride which may be why your derm categorically denounces mineral makeup. Everyday does not have this.

    In my personal opinion, just general face powder vs "mineral" face powder (like Physician's Forumla), will contain more things likely to cause a reaction.

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    Hi Roz,

    If you rarely wear makeup, then maybe a nice concealer will work for you? Lancome makes a long-lasting water resistant one. For liquid foundations, Laura Mercier Oil Free is nice and fragrance free. Laura Mercier also makes a nice powder makeup also. Powder foundations can be too matte and chalky, especially in colder weather, but you could spritz something like MAC Fix + afterward to set the makeup and also provide a slight glow.

    Good luck in your hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roz View Post
    My situation ...moderate rosacea, a few papules now and then, no acne, relatively dry skin
    My regimen now... Oracea 2x a day, rosanil wash 1-2x a day (sod.sulfa10%/sulfur5%)
    Vbeam--five treatments, only last one purpuric which caused some hyperpigmentation, now slightly fading after 2 mo.(derm says try IPL or time will resolve in 3-6mo.)
    My regular derm says I look best she has seen me ...hooray I guess something is working!
    Question....
    She asked what I am doing for makeup now....I said nothing at present but she said only powder not liquid...and then listed prescriptives, clinique and other hypoallergenic..almay etc.
    This is the second time she has said powder only
    Also I asked her if mineral powder was ok and she said NO too irritating

    I had so many things to talk to her about that I didn't get her to clarify the only powder answer. She knows I have dry skin, so does anyone understand her insistence on powder?
    The only thing that I can conjecture is that she thinks the liquid will get into pores more and be more difficult to remove...I really am not sure .

    I think she is a very good derm with some 20yrs exp. or so. She is attractive and sensitive too to appearances. I think often powder makeup is less flattering but.. I feel like if I do not obey this directive my skin may go down the toilet again so I don't want to ignore her advice. My rosacea had nothing to do with wearing liquid makeup...I almost never wore any makeup. Now with the rosacea and some hyperpigmentation--I do want a little cover up.

    Any ideas why she would say powder only?
    Roz
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    Roz,

    Have you ever tried LANCOME, Maqicake Moist, perfect forever? It looks like a pancake powder, but glides on like silk. After a short time, it looks like a second skin. Not powdery.
    It is quite sheer, more so than previous versions. I have used them all.
    I had bad melasma at one time and the previous versions used to cover it quite well, without the caked look. The Moist would proably cover mild hyperpigmentation.

    I only used the 'Moist', the latest version ( I think), once, as after that I became housebound and don't bother with makeup inside the house. Besides, I couldn't tolerate anything at the moment.

    That aside, I can recommend it. You would likely need a light base, such as a light moisturiser, or light sunblock if you have dry skin. It helps this type of foundation adhere.
    What I do like is that it wears well and doesn't distintergrate over time, nor does it go orange.
    And, it never irritated my skin.
    Also, it comes in a yellow/light tan tone, which is perfect for disguising redness.

    Another option for you to consider anyway.
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    I personally think it is bullocks to say powder and not liquid. I can't see any scientific reason behind that. It reminds me of the mineral makeup is better clap trap. Ok I will now get off my high horse.

    For me powder or pancake type makeup looks horrible and cakey. Only makeup I really love is Armani Hydraglow. They are discontinuing it so I bought 4 bottles. One bottle lasts me approx 12 months!!

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    Thanks everybody who commented and for all the suggestions. I am going to follow up on them and see where it leads me. Yesterday I tried Clinique Perfectly Real powder and I sneezed all day....I thought I had caught some bug .

    Today, I didn't wear any makeup and I haven't sneezed once.....so definitely had to be the Clinique powder...so that one gets returned.That is the only new thing I did. And as some have said powder on dry skin can look not so great.

    I still wonder why liquid makeup has to be off limits. And, I might be getting a little emboldened and try my old favorite Prescriptives Virtual Skin again. Just a wee bit. And, also go back to my Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral sunscreen spf 35---I could tolerate that. I guess the thing is to take it slow and just use a little. Now that the sodium suflacetamide/sulfur wash is working so well....maybe it could take off the little bit of liquid makeup and the powder sunscreen without my having to resort to a cleanser to remove the makeup. The last time I tried using cleansers I got into a lot of trouble with papules reappearing.

    Funny thing happened at the makeup counter......this is a true story
    The woman next to me at the clinique counter said I like your blush..what is it? I said natural. She started looking at the blushes in the sample tray and said natural..I don't see it ..I said it is mild rosacea. I swear this really happened. I guess things have improved a tad!
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    The woman next to me at the clinique counter said I like your blush..what is it? I said natural. She started looking at the blushes in the sample tray and said natural..I don't see it ..I said it is mild rosacea. I swear this really happened. I guess things have improved a tad!

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    Hi Roz,

    Personally, if you need to use foundation, then use a kind that will work for you. People can tell you one is better than the other, and it may be for them, but not you. There are many liquid foundations that are oil free, non comedogenic, and would be fine for you to wear. You can go on makeupalley.com and look up reviews of foundations. Get samples and try if you are unsure.

    Sometimes Derm's make suggestions and some of these will work and some not. I have one Derm. that has told me in the past a mild peel or BHA cleanser would be too strong for me. Interesting he prescribed me Renova to use..... Another Derm. (my favorite one) said my skin can very well handle mild salicylic peels if I'm having flares. I did this when I had flares Fall 2008 and it worked wonders. Obviously, I didn't use any strong skincare during/after the peels but they really helped unclog/clear my skin. Often, our skins have trouble shedding (we can get buildup of using too gentle skin care sometimes) and mild exfoliation is helpful. Again, trial and error and "listening and watching" your skin will get you there.

    Regards,

    Yvette

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    Hehe I love that story Roz!!

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