For women out there who apply gobs of makeup day in and day out to cover their acne, are you sure you are doing it right? Are you applying it in such a way that will not make your acne worse? Do you even use the right makeup that will not irritate your skin? If you have acne prone skin and you wear makeup to fake flawless skin, read on below for some eye-openers about applying makeup on acne prone skin so you avoid aggravating your acne or looking like a clown.
Make Sure Your Brushes Are Clean
Washing brushes and waiting for them to dry can be a pain in the neck but if you have acne prone skin, or really even just normal skin, you have to make sure your makeup brushes are clean and this means washing them at least twice a week; try for three if you really want to ensure their cleanliness. They aren’t visible to the naked eye, but your brushes are crawling with bacteria that will just make your acne worse.
Always Check the Labels
Even the best and most expensive brands may contain ingredients that will aggravate or bring about acne so be sure you read the label in each and every piece of makeup you buy. Be on the look-out for ingredients like:
- Isopropyl isostearate
- isopropyl myristate
- myristyl myristate
- lauric acid
- lanolin oil
These can clog your pores which is the last thing you want to happen if you’re prone to acne.
A Light Hand Works Wonders
When you suffer from severe acne, the worst thing you can do is to cake on your make up. This will make you look as if you are wearing a mask and this is the last thing you want. The goal here is to conceal your acne and not make your face look unnatural. Always apply makeup in light layers and allow the first one to dry before you add the next. This way, you do not irritate your face and you avoid the oft-laughed about “pancake” face.
Mattifying Products Work Wonders
Highlighters may look great under the eyes and on the cheeks but are no-no’s for acne. Highlighters and brightening products work like spotlights and the last thing you want is to place a spotlight right over your acne or zit. It is best to use matte products as they will shrink your zits or at least make them look as if they have shrunk.
It is best to consult your dermatologist about your acne problems before you try any new anti-acne products or treatments.