3 questions to an expert

When dealing with a pigmentation disorder, you must be very careful when applying products to the face


On the face, white spots (vitiligo) and pigmentation spots (melasma, pregnancy mask, etc.) can often be unsightly. Traditional foundations are not effective enough to correct them. So what make-up should you recommend? How should it be applied? Advice from a dermatologist.

1. What precautions should be taken when using make-up on a pigmentation disorder?

A pigmentation disorder, whether it is hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, can worsen when the skin is irritated.

So you must be very careful when treating your face. Make-up must be removed gently using a non-irritating product applied with a cotton pad. The make-up products must have a light texture so that they are easy to apply and to remove.

2. Are there make-up products that provide coverage but that have light textures?

Yes: make-up products designed to correct imperfections. They are called "corrective foundations".

They are denser in pigments than traditional foundations, therefore they provide more coverage. They have a supple structure that makes them easy to apply. Moreover, they are formulated for use on damaged skin and pose no risk of allergy or irritation.

3. Do you have a particular technique for applying make-up to these damaged areas?

Most importantly, you cannot try to unify your complexion: the result would not be natural.

For pigmentation disorders, I use two shades: one light and one dark. I apply them by patting with the pads of my finger (light shade on dark skin and dark shade on light skin) in quick strokes, alternating the two shades.

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