If you’re prone to acne, you might struggle with the fear of makeup use. Fear not! Here are some tips for keeping your skin clear while using makeup.
1-Choose makeup carefully. With so many products available on the market, you may need to try out different makeup to identify the products that work best with your skin type. When selecting makeup, look for products that say “non-comedogenic,” “oil-free” or “won’t clog pores”, as these are less likely to cause breakouts. Consider makeup products that contain salicylic acid, which can prevent and reduce acne. However, keep in mind that products with salicylic acid may cause dryness, especially if you are already using another acne medication. You may want to avoid heavy liquid makeup that can trap dirt and oil and block pores, leading to breakouts. If you notice that your skin breaks out after applying makeup, try to identify the product that is causing your acne and stop using it.
2-Prep your skin. Before putting on makeup, start with a clean face. Wash your hands, and then use your fingertips to gently apply a mild cleanser to your face. Rinse off with lukewarm water. If you apply an acne medication in the morning, apply the medication after cleansing your face, and then apply a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Make sure the sunscreen says “broad-spectrum” and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Remember that dry and sun-damaged skin is irritated skin, and irritated skin puts you at risk of getting more acne.
3-Use makeup applicators. Avoid applying your makeup with your fingers, which can transfer oil from your fingers to your face. Instead, use makeup applicators, such as brushes, to apply makeup directly to your skin. Wash your brushes with soap and water every seven to 10 days to avoid new acne breakouts, since makeup brushes collect product residue, dirt, oil and bacteria. Remember to always be gentle when applying your makeup because excessive tugging can irritate your skin.
4-Don’t share makeup products or applicators. Acne is not contagious. However, acne-causing culprits, including bacteria, dead skin cells and oil from other people’s skin, can stick to your makeup and applicators. This can lead to new breakouts, so always use your own products and tools.
5-Remove your makeup before going to bed, including eye makeup. Use an oil-free makeup remover, and then wash your face using a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubbing your face, even when removing makeup. If you apply an acne medication at night, apply it after cleansing, and then apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer on top of the medication.