Is makeup good for acne?

Sep 20, 2022

Dr Rati Parwani

Is makeup good for acne?

The answer to this question is simple- Make is not good for acne. Minimal makeup is advisable if you wish to wear with eyeliner and a dash of lip color. I have acne. Is it okay to wear makeup? This is a common question that keeps ticking in many minds. Acne-prone skin is quite sensitive and difficult to deal with especially when you are applying makeup. 

Why should you not wear makeup with acne? 

Here are some important reasons why you should not wear makeup with active acne. 

Thinking of hiding the pimple- Nah! Allow the skin to breathe 

Make up can be a good idea to hide the pimples. But, at the end of the day, it will clog the pores and may suffocate the skin. Ideally you should not be wearing makeup if you have active acne. It is important to allow skin to breathe in cases of severe or moderate acne. 

Makeup may aggravate the pimple 

Wearing makeup will temporarily cover the acne bump and you may feel better after camouflaging it. But, this may increase the problem and aggravate the acne. Your skin may feel worse after wearing makeup. This may spread the infection on the face furthermore clogging the pores. Acne is caused by inflammatory bacteria which may multiply on skin due to excessive oiliness. 

Overuse of makeup may cause skin irritation 

Acne-prone skin is very delicate and sensitive. Smothering chemicals on the face can cause skin irritation with redness, rashes and itching. It is advisable to use minimal makeup for lips and eyes. 

The pesky cycle of acne continues… 

It is advisable to avoid unnecessary touching the acne-affected skin. Make up may result in touching the skin by spreading foundation and concealer. Also, there are chances of cross-contamination while handling the product and applying on skin. It is advisable to use minimal or no makeup products on skin with active acne as there are higher chances of multiplication. 

So, next time while dealing with acne, ensure to avoid makeup completely. Be confident in your own skin. 

Precautions while wearing makeup for acne prone skin 

Well, no matter how much we say “No” to makeup for acne prone skin, we might still end up applying minimal makeup. The majority of us have our own reasons which could be - 

Hiding the pimple bump

OR

Maybe our attraction towards makeup. 

So, if you are keen on using makeup, here are some precaution and prevention tips which you can follow. This will have a dual effect which will help in avoiding aggravation or flare-up of the acne and also helps in healing acne. So, let us get started. 

  • Allow the skin to breathe
  • Make sure to moisturize the skin
  • Use SPF sunscreen protection
  • Treat the acne
  • Apply anti- acne solutions
  • Use natural skincare products
  • Use natural makeup products
  • Focus on eye and lip makeup
  • Always apply makeup on clean face
  • Ensure to clean makeup brushes regularly
  • Sanitize your hands before handling makeup products
  • Use correct makeup based on your skin type
  • Do not share makeup products
  • Check for the expiry date for the products
  • Wearing too much makeup may cause acne
  • Remove makeup properly
  • Using makeup suited for acne prone skin is must
  • Opt for mineral oil free make up
  • Opt for hypoallergenic makeup
  • Choose non pore blocking makeup ingredients 

When dealing with acne prone skin, it is important to clean up all the gunk from the skin pores completely. Choose make up which will soothe skin and allow the skin to heal and repair. Along with this, it is important to follow your skin care routine for acne prone skin. It is also important to check your diet and exercise routine which will help you recover with healthy skin. 

Remember, makeup alone cannot cause acne. It is one of the potential causes of triggering acne. The cause of acne must be eliminated and treated to get rid of acne. Makeup is just a contributing factor for acne prone skin. 

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