Facial Blemishes: Makeup is Not Enough

Last month I highlighted a recent publication Correlates of health-related quality of life in women with severe facial blemishes under the title of `rosacea can make sufferers life miserable‘.

The paper has since been picked up by the Ohio State University news service where the author has added some high level comments.

Science Daily: Corrective Cosmetics May Not Boost Quality Of Life For Women With Severe Facial Blemishes

OSU Research News: Corrective cosmetics may not boost quality of life for women with severe facial blemishes

Using makeup to cover a severe facial blemish may not improve the quality of a woman’s life, a new study suggests.It did not matter how severe or what kind of blemish she had, whether it was a case of severe acne, a noticeable facial scar or pronounced dark spots covering the face.

“The women who used foundations to cover these kinds of marks reported having a lower health-related quality of life than did the women who didn’t wear the same kind of makeup,” said Rajesh Balkrishnan, the study’s lead author and the Merrell Dow professor of pharmacy at Ohio State University.
“The women who used foundation to cover blemishes may have had a tougher time psychologically dealing with their blemishes than did the women who didn’t use corrective makeup,” Balkrishnan said. “Although it’s difficult to say why this is, it may be that the women who didn’t wear makeup to cover their blemishes felt more confident in their appearance.”
Whether or not they wore makeup, participants overwhelmingly felt that without their blemish other people would see them in a less negative light, and that the overall quality of their lives would improve.

Interestingly, the researchers found no difference in health-related quality of life scores based on the type and size of a blemish. For example, a woman with bad acne did not feel any worse or any better than a woman with melasma.

But the more fearful a woman was of being negatively evaluated in public, the lower she rated her health-related quality of life.

Researchers aren’t certain exactly how severe blemishes affect a woman’s mental health, and a study like this one may help in designing better treatments, including corrective cosmetics, for women, Balkrishnan said.

The study was funded by a grant from Vichy Laboratoires, which makes DermaBlend, a line of corrective cosmetics. Vichy Laboratoires is owned by L’Oreal. Ann Bouloc, a study co-author and a scientist with Vichy , is the only researcher in this study with a financial link to Vichy.

Although it is not clear whether DermaBlend was the only product used in the study, it has been discussed on rosacea-support. A message posted to rosacea-support listed the ingredients of dermablend as ; Paraffinum liquidum, Cera alba, Talc, isopropyl palmitate, Magnesium carbonate, Carnauba, Propylparaben, Allantoin. May contain: Titanium dioxide – Iron oxides.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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