Pesky zits aren’t only a teenage ordeal. There are plenty of us with sensitive and acne-prone skin and suffer from angry pimples well into adulthood. It may feel like you’re the only one dealing with breakouts at this age, but trying to cover it up with piles of makeup may only be making it worse. We tell you some makeup mistakes to avoid if you have acne prone skin. Keep these in mind to help cut down on those undesirable spots.
Whether you’re prone to breakouts or have problem-free skin, it’s extremely important to check the labels and ingredients of the products that you put on your face to avoid damage. Be sure to use makeup products that have terms like oil-free, sulfate-free and non-comedogenic (which means it won’t clog up and block your pores) mentioned on the bottle. It’s a simple exercise to ensure what you’re using won’t mess with your skin or trigger/aggravate any acne problems.
In a bid to cover up those blemishes, you may pile on layers of foundation and concealer but that can result in a cake-face, which will only emphasize those flaws. Avoid heavy makeup and an overdone look; piling it on will just clog up your pores. Instead, look for lightweight, sheer formulas when choosing concealers and foundations for weightless, full-coverage. We think Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a perfect pick.
Not sleeping with your makeup on is one of the cardinal rules of skincare and probably something we’ve nagged you about enough number of times. Sorry about that, but trust that it will cause some serious damage. However tempting it may be to dive under the covers after a long day or in a drunken stupor, spare a couple minutes to wipe it all off. You are saving your skin from some serious pore-clogging caused by all that makeup, sweat, gunk and dirt from a long day.
We’re all guilty of being overzealous with concealer to cover up all those imperfections - it is a magic weapon for making us feel more confident for sure. However, adding too much and using your fingers to dab it on can block your pores and make a zit more prominent. Plus you will spread dirt and bacteria from your fingers to your face. Opt for an oil-free, lightweight concealer like Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment, which is designed for problematic skin and use a brush or sponge to apply it.
Yup, you knew this lecture was coming - make sure to regularly clean your makeup brushes and sponges! By using the same tools again and again, you’re just transferring bacteria, germs, dirt and oil from your face to your makeup and back again. It shouldn’t surprise you then if your face breaks out thanks to those brushes being a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Clean your tools once week with a bit of shampoo and warm water and let them dry overnight. Your skin will thank you.
Just because you suffer from acne doesn’t mean you can’t wear blusher or bronzer - it’s important to add some colour to your complexion, but choose the right formula. Avoid shimmery and sparkly products as they can highlight blemishes and flaws while damaging your pores. Look out for matte formulas instead, to bring that rosy or sun-kissed glow to your face without calling attention to your acne.
Allowing your skin a few makeup-free days is essential to letting it breathe. Less is always more so try avoiding heavy makeup as much as you can and always keep it light. If you’re one who wears makeup every single day, then give your skin a break at least once a week and go au naturel. It’s ok to flaunt those imperfections and go bare-faced at times, it will only help improve your skin.