Monday, February 28, 2022

Choosing Makeup For Acne Prone Skin

In addition to choosing the correct facial cleaning regime, it is equally important to choose makeup that will not aggravate your acne prone skin.  I've got relatives who always seem to look like they've applied theatrical makeup over their acne simply because they didn't know what to use.

Since acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, it is important to know what to look for when choosing makeup that won't make your acne worse.  People with acne have sensitive skin which means that if they choose the wrong product, they will either breakout or their current acne gets worse.

First thing is to read the labels looking for one of three phrases.  Look for "non-comedogenic", "oil-free", or "won't clog pores" because those products are less likely to cause problems.  In addition, look for a product that contains salicylic acid since this ingredient is able to reduce and prevent acne but be warned, salicylic acid can cause dryness particularly if you are already on acne medication.  Furthermore, try to avoid heavy liquid makeup because it can trap dirt and oil while blocking pores at the same time and could lead to a break out.

The second item is to make sure you have a properly cleaned face before applying makeup. If you apply an acne medication to your face in the morning, do so after you've cleaned your face but before applying the moisturizer.  It is strongly recommended the moisturizer contain a broad band sunscreen that is rated at least at an SPF 30.

Another thing to keep in mind is when you apply your make up, use sponges and brushes rather than fingers because the fingers can transfer oil from your fingers to your face.  In addition, clean your makeup applicators collect dust, residue, oil, and dirt which could lead to either a new breakout or acne becoming worse. When you apply your makeup, do it gently, otherwise your skin could become irritated and irritated skin is more likely to breakout.

It is also strongly advised that people do not share makeup or applicators.  Although acne is not contagious, makeup and the applicators can transmit oil, bacteria, and dead cells from one person to another and that causes acne. This is the big reason to only use your own stuff.  

Finally, don't forget to clean all the make up off your face with oil free remover before gently cleansing your face before going to bed.  If there is an acne medication that is applied at night, put it on after cleaning your face. 

So as far as foundation goes, which is better liquid or powder? Some recommend anyone with acne use powder because it lasts longer and absorbs oil but it doesn't cover redness as well as a liquid foundation. In addition, powder does not cover scars or bumpy skin as well and powder can remove concealer when applied over it.  On the other hand, powder usually provides a lighter cover and is easier to apply. Liquid foundation does cover dents in the skin better and gives better coverage but it can settle into lines and bumps but can also look caked and heavy if too much is applied.

What is nice, is that there is makeup out there for those who have acne.  It just takes a bit of time to read the labels to find the right makeup.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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