What is a BB Cream?
Perhaps better known to the Asian beauty market, Blemish Balm (BB) Creams are somewhat similar to a tinted moisturiser, perhaps also including some sun protection. Some formulations, especially so in Asian markets may additionally contain skin whitening agents.
I’m sure all rosacea sufferers would like to think that there is a simple cream that could treat their rosacea as merely some kind of blemish and just `balm it away’.
There doesn’t seem to any hard rules about what a BB Cream can contain.
Further, there seems to be many products on the market that claim to be some kind of blemish balm.
Sadly this means that finding a BB Cream that works well for rosacea in general, is probably going to be a difficult task.
Who Makes a BB Cream?
Many of the usual suspects in the cosmetics industry have gotten onto the band wagon and now make a product that is branded as a BB Cream. For example the following products are available to try
- The Body Shop, All-In-One BB Cream, Colour Adapting Cream.
- Estee Lauder, DayWear B.B., Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream.
- Garnier, Miracle Skin Perfector, Daily All-In-One B.B. Cream.
- Dior, Hydra Life BB Creme.
- Clinique, Age Defense BB Cream SPF30
- Maybelline, Dream Fresh BB Cream
In the past, lesser known Korean made BB Creams were made by manufacturers mostly unknown to western consumers such as Skin79, Hanskin and Missha M.
What About an Alternative?
Those wanting to try a BB Cream, but concerned about regular cosmetic line ingredients may want to try a tinted moisturiser.
Kim says: I have been experimenting with BB Creams. I have tried Marcelle. I liked it an it blended well. It helped hide the redness well, as it has a yellow tint. It made my skin feel good and had good coverage. I tried the Clinique and the Estee Lauder. They both felt great but did not blend well on my skin. They had a cakey look. I am using Garnier BB Cream right now. It is cheap, blends well with my dry skin and it does not seem to irritate my skin. It gives a good coverage.
Since I have been using BB Cream instead of foundation, I have not had any of the pimple like bumps. My skin seems to be evening out. I still have a lot of redness on my checks and have damaged blood vessels under my skin. The BB cream does cover it up. Right now I am happy with it.
I have also changed moisturizers to CeraVe cream during the day and Vanicream at night. Good luck to you. I know this disease is annoying!
She also followed up with: I have tried the following BB creams. They all felt good on my skin and helped the condition of my skin.
- Clinique – Cakey and did not blend well
- Estee Lauder – Cakey and did not blend well
- Marcelle – Blends well, yellow tone hides redness
- BB Garnier – Blends well, good coverage.
Your Thoughts Please
Will BB Creams die a quiet death as merely an industry fad, or will a few emerge as a useful product in your rosacea arsenal.
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