Q: I have been diagnosed with Vitaligo. It is very noticeable on my lips and drives me crazy. What do you suggest I use? This has already begun to affect my already-low self-esteem.

A: Vitaligo is much more common than you realize. The most important thing to remember is the skin is very sensitive. Sunblock is not an option but rather imperative to prevent discomfort. I would suggest a matte lipstick in a complimentary color for your skin tone to make you feel a bit more secure. The matte lipstick will block out the UV rays while covering the discoloration. My last piece of advice would be to not let the Vitaligo lower your self-esteem. Be thankful for what you do have, starting with life.

Q: My 13-year-old daughter is obsessed with anything that has to do with glamour and makeup. She asks daily when she will be old enough to wear it on herself. I still think she is too young. Can you please give us your advice?

A: I also agree that 13 years old is too young to wear makeup. What I suggest you do is allow her to apply a little bit of clear eyebrow gel to her lashes and brows to give her the most minimal of definition, yet still allow her to feel as if she is doing something. She is also at a good age to start wearing a clear lip gloss so she can dab her feet into the world of makeup yet still look like the beautiful girl I know she is.

Q: Are there any pointers you can give to an individual who has extremely oily and sensitive skin? I would like to wear a foundation and powder, but nothing seems to be working.

A: The best skincare advice I can give you is to avoid cleansers with scents, as they tend to irritate sensitive skin. I would also recommend an oil-free foundation and get in the habit of blotting throughout the day instead of applying powder to take away the shine. Sometimes the fewer products you put on your face, the better the results.

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