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

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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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