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The Cause: Few are fortunate enough to have a flawless face; the rest of us are left to deal with a variety of skin issues, such as rosacea, which usually shows up as prolonged redness or cheeks that flush easily. Another common problem is hyperpigmentation, brown spots caused by aging and exposure to the sun.
Help It: Start with a moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher to protect skin from damaging UV rays. To tame redness, try soothing ingredients like aloe and algae extract, available in TriDerma MD Facial Redness Repair, $16. Avoid heavily fragranced moisturizers and limit your intake of spicy foods and alcohol—they may irritate skin and bring on flare-ups. To fade dark spots, ingredients such as glycolic acid, soy, or retinol work well, says Richard G. Fried, MD, a dermatologist and clinical psychologist in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Try Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer with SPF 15 and pro-retinol from nature, $15.
Hide It: Downplay sallow or blotchy skin by using a tinted corrective concealer or primer; green undertones cancel out redness, and lavender shades smooth and brighten. We like the convenient brush-on Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer SPF 15, $11. When you apply it, the tones play off your coloring to bring out a luminous, clear complexion—genius!