Handling skin breakouts can be both frustrating and painful. If you have acne-prone skin, you should be even more careful, especially when applying makeup, because some products can trigger or worsen breakouts. However, it’s not to say that you should stop wearing your makeup. Here are some makeup tips to follow for your acne-prone skin.
Select Your Makeup Products Carefully
Although makeup doesn’t necessarily cause acne, not all the products in the market will work for you. For acne-prone skin, it’s advisable to use oil-free products because they don’t clog pores and are therefore less likely to trigger breakouts. You should read the ingredients list to ascertain you’re picking an oil-free product. If your skin breaks after applying makeup, it means there is an ingredient you should avoid because it’s reacting with your skin.
Prep Your Skin Properly
Preparing your skin adequately before applying makeup ensures you get impressive results. Find an ideal cleanser that matches your skin type and clean your skin gently. Consider a gel cleanser to avoid irritation if you have oily skin. You can get those made from plant oils like tea trees. Ensure to rinse it off with lukewarm water before applying your foundation, concealer, and the rest of the products.
Use Mineral Makeup
Mineral makeup products are naturally extracted from the earth. They comprise minerals like zinc and iron oxides and have no additional chemicals; thus the name ‘mineral.’ Using these products doesn’t expose you to any risk because they are purely natural.
Wash Your Face Gently and Avoid Pricking the Pimples
Although there is a safe way of poking pimples, it’s not advisable to do it often. Popping pimples can lead to an infection, more conspicuous and painful scars, or even permanent blemishes. You should be tender even when washing your face to avoid irritating the skin further.
Use Makeup Applicators
It’s not advisable to apply makeup using your fingers because they can intensify prevailing skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. As you rub your skin, you’ll also be pressing the oil and bacteria from your hands on your skin. To be safe, buy sponges, puffs, and brushes, especially because you can get reusable ones that can serve you the longest time, provided you wash them with hot water and soap after every use.
Blur Out Acne Blemishes
It’s no harm concealing those stubborn blemishes popping on your face, whether dark circles or scars. Sadly, some spots can be too noticeable, lowering your self-esteem or making it difficult to apply makeup. If this is your case, look out for your blurring product and apply it to the affected area only. Alternatively, you can use a brightener, some powder and then finish up with a concealer matching your skin tone.
Avoid Sharing Your Makeup Products and Applicators
Using someone’s makeup applicator or products exposes your skin to bacteria and their natural oils. If you’re prone to acne, the bacteria you transfer to your face will likely trigger a major breakout. Makeup testers can also collect bacteria, which are very easily transferrable between the makeup users. Again, if they were to dip their fingers in your makeup products, the situation would be much worse because bacteria on the fingers would be transmitted to your products.
Always Wash Off Your Makeup Before Bedtime
Skin renewal happens as you sleep, and sleeping on makeup can prevent the process from taking place, causing severe skin damage. Makeup layers block the pores, preventing your skin from breathing, which reveals through those itchy bumps. Additionally, your complexion may appear tired, making your skin look older. If you have acne already, you’ll likely aggravate it and risk getting a more severe infection.
Pay Attention to the Areas Breaking Out
Tracking the most affected areas of your face can help you find out the product you’re reacting to. For instance, if you have acne evenly distributed on your face, your foundation is likely the problem. But, if the bumps form along your hairline, you may blame it on your hair products. However, dotted spots along your jawline may imply a hormonal problem, which may require a dermatologist’s input.
Apply a Clay Mask Once in a While
Clay is a remarkable skin care ingredient that has seen its face masks offer anti-breakout treatments. Some schools of thought have it that clay can absorb oil from the skin, thus unclogging the congested pores. However, don’t overuse clay or substitute clay masks with treatment from your dermatologist.
Acne can be stubborn even when you follow healthy makeup tips for acne-prone skin. Your dermatologist should help you identify your skin type and choose the right skincare products.