Makeup and Acne

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Does make-up cause acne? It has been a long standing argument but the answer is a solid – “it depends.” Yes, it depends on the make-up you use. Think about this, if your make-up does cause your acne, why do you have it on your chest and back? Well, unless you apply make-up on your chest and back too – which is kind of strange, don’t you think? So, no – make-up is not the cause of acne. As long as you choose the right ones for you, acne cannot be triggered by it.

If you have the wrong make-up you’ll end up with a love and hate relationship. Acne tends to lower your self-esteem and the need to cover it up when you go out is strong. Most people do that even if they know that their make-up will result to a breakout. If this is the case, you should switch brands.

Choosing the right make-up for you is tricky. It may be a trial and error process. For some, it is a difficult job since not all skin types have the same reaction over make-up. First and foremost, you must know your skin type. Make-ups are usually labeled according to its suitability with a skin type – may it be oily or dry skin, or a combination of both, the normal type, and the sensitive skin.

There are a lot of make-ups out there. There are many brands – Revlon, Mac, Estee Lauder, etc. And usually when you go their stores, you are assisted by a sales lady. So, you can ask what product suits you best. If there is none, you should thoroughly read labels before buying anything. But the best thing to do is to do your own research before you head down to stores. Here are some tips on choosing the right make-up for you and how to avoid acne caused by make-up:

  • Choose the non-comedogenic formulas. In layman’s words, it means that is specifically concocted to avoid clogging of pores.
  • Avoid buying and using liquid types of make-up and opt for the powder-based ones. These liquid types of make-up are usually oil-based which can cling harder on your skin and cause clogging.
  • Go for fragrance-free and hypoallergenic make-ups. This ensures that what you are using are mild for the skin and will not cause irritation.
  • Go bare sometimes or apply make-up as lightly as possible. And never ever sleep with make-up on. Or remove them immediately if you’re home early and just going to spend the rest of the day in your house. Give your skin sometime to breathe. After all, if you have lesser acne the more confident you can be without make-up.