Let’s face it– using makeup isn’t the same for acne-prone skin as it is for those with other, less-troublesome, skin types. Pimples being covered up by makeup may sound like a miracle solution but it could be just the opposite if the makeup isn’t applied right. Apart from that fact, there is also another major factor to consider–not all base makeup products work well for acne-prone skin; skin-friendly makeup products for treating acne do exist but you have to be aware of them. It’s all a careful and skilful affair when it comes to applying makeup on acne-prone skin. That’s why we are here to help you ace that base without aggravating your acne and minimising its appearance in the best ways possible.
The first step to controlling acne is to keep your skin clean and moisturised. A CTM routine is ideal for this because a deep pore cleansing face wash will remove impurities from your skin, a toner not only balances pH levels but also takes out any impurities leftover at the surface by your cleanser, and lastly, a serum followed by moisturiser works to hydrate your skin and keep bacteria out of your pores. All this plays an important role in keeping acne-prone skin protected while wearing makeup as this would prevent any skin reactions to occur.
Apart from skincare, you definitely require a good primer to add that extra protection to your skin. We love a good pore minimising primer that will mattify your skin. For further protection, use aloe vera gel on fresh breakouts like a spot treatment to create a protective film so that your pimple is not affected by your foundation and concealer at all. Aloe vera gel literally gets absorbed by the skin and then dries up on the top to create a clear film which is perfect for priming your skin for makeup.
Don’t just opt for a regular foundation. You will need a product that actually agrees with your skin type and offers soothing or healing action so that your skin feels comfortable under makeup. Look for foundations infused with skincare ingredients like tea tree oil to get the best base ever. Ideally, a matte foundation works better than dewy ones to conceal bumps, but if a dewy base is what you want, you can simply dab powder on your blemishes to mattify only on certain areas. Using a flat foundation brush to apply your base makeup will offer more coverage to pitted skin and will also be less irritating on acne.
Yes, foundation and concealers offer skin-like pigments to cover up imperfections but it should be applied correctly on acne in order to reap its benefits. Do not layer on loads of foundation on pimples, just dab a light layer of the product on them. The same goes for concealer. Firstly choose a concealer that has acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and then lightly apply a thin coat of concealer on blemishes to make them look less prominent. The more product you add the cakeier your skin looks and the more visible the acne gets. If your skin absolutely can’t deal with your foundation and concealer, use an invisible pimple patch before applying toner and moisturiser to your skin and then proceed to makeup.
Powder works as a great agent to keep acne-prone skin comfortable. You can sweep your skin with powder before foundation for an extra layer of protection and soothing action. You can also set your base with powder after applying foundation and concealer so that it prevents your skin from looking oily quicker. Powder can also be applied strategically to blemishes alone after makeup to banish shine on those areas.
You are now fully ready to wear makeup without worrying about breakouts.
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