Lindygirl and others--non-drying primer for oil control (if not an oxymoron)
  • Okay, I have to admit I'm afraid of primers.  Partly because I tried a sample of a couple of them in years back, and got acne (not rosacea, which I also have, but actual cystic acne pimples); partly because I don't want to add another layer of product to my regimen that might cause a reaction or just be time-consuming.  I know Lindygirl uses the Monistat anti-chafe cream (my local pharmacy has exactly one package of this product in stock, and it has a questionable dent in it that makes it look like it was used and returned--they never seem to re-stock).

    At any rate, I am trying out Jane Iredale's pressed powder foundation.  It looks good when I first apply, but quickly becomes cakey over the course of the day as my natural oils come out and I blot, reapply, etc.  

    So I'm wondering--does the monistat (or other primer) prevent oiliness (and therefore, cakiness) well?  Are there other primers I should try?  I want one that controls oil, but doesn't actually dry the skin (because too much dryness can trigger rosacea issues).

    Thanks, Sarah
  • For reference this is the one I use: http://www.drugstore.com/monistat-soothing-care-powder-gel/qxp139254?catid=184078

    Using a primer definitely helps powder foundation last better on my skin. Otherwise I get that oily cakey look after a few hours too.

    There are many other primers out there. I have to admit I haven't tried many others. This was one of the first things I ever tried as a primer and it worked so well there was just no need to keep hunting.

    I hope you find something that works for you Sarah!
  • Thanks, Lindygirl.  I think I will hit up another pharmacy for the monistat.  Like I said, my local pharmacy only has one sketchy package and doesn't restock.  So do you apply all over or just in t-zone?  And do you have to wait for your sunscreen to dry down before you spread the primer on?  I just want things to be as efficient as possible‚Ķ
  • I use a super thin layer of marula oil, let that sink in for maybe two minutes, put on a layer on Blue Lizard sunscreen, let that sink in for at least five minutes, then take a small pea sized amount of the Monistat and spread a thin layer all over my face, skipping the eye area. I let that dry for about two minutes. I generally do my eye makeup first so by the time I get to the foundation, bronzer and blush it has set for a while.

    I figure the sunscreen needs time to sink in and dry down so it does what it is supposed to do effectively. I am using the marula oil in hopes that the antioxidants in it will be beneficial to my skin and help to fight free radicals.

     The brand of marula oil I use is way cheaper than the Vitamin C&E serums touted for use under sunscreen to make the sunscreen work better by scavenging free radicals.


  • Too Faced Primed & Poreless is quite good as is their lid primer, Shadow Insurance.  I haven't used them yet but Hourglass apparently makes excellent base products, incl. a serum primer that may be worth looking at. 

     On a side note, a basic acne regimen treating the acne as a condition rather than a skin type with OTC medication ingredients at the right strengths would be worth trying.  You don't have to suffer with acne and rosacea, a few tweaks to your regimen may set you on the path to clear, less irritated skin.

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