Is your makeup making your acne worse?
Posted on January 11 2017
If you have acne prone skin, you’ve certainly gotten used to questioning EVERYTHING you put on your skin, in fear of the ever-dreaded “breakout” …and with good reason! Although acne is often caused by a variety of factors such as diet, poor health, and hormone imbalances, the products that come into contact with your skin may be adding fuel to the fire – especially makeup!
When it comes to makeup, it’s a bit of a catch 22… Acne sufferers often rely on makeup to hide or camouflage pimples, blemishes, and other skin imperfections. However, the foundation and concealers used to hide these flaws could actually be the culprit of those nasty breakouts. Therein lies the vicious circle… Are you caught in it?
Let your skin breathe
You may be using the best makeup on the market, by a brand that you trust. However, it’s often the makeup removal process that can wreak havoc on your skin. No matter how tired you are at the end of the day, resist the urge to skip your nighttime skin care routine before you crash into bed… REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP! I cannot stress this enough. Don’t feel so bad… we’ve all done it! Just remember this principle: The skin renews itself while you sleep, and when you leave makeup on, you are preventing that process from happening. The skin is essentially being suffocated and ceases to breathe, causing fatigue signs to appear soon enough.
Most makeup contains oily substances. When they remain on for the next day, they can clog your pores and lead to the appearance of more acne and blackheads. Makeup residue and the substances that help make up last all day can also cause skin imperfections when left for hours on end during the night. That’s why it’s essential to use a gentle makeup remover before going to bed, and then moisturizing your face to help your skin breathe right.
It’s all about the formula
When choosing a foundation, opt for a formula that gives skin an even tone while it nourishes and treats your skin all day long. Some foundations are specifically formulated for oily skin or for dry skin. Pay special attention to these labels and be sure to choose one that is suited to your skin type.
Fragrance is the enemy of healthy skin
Whether natural or synthetic, fragrance is a common sensitizing ingredient for all skin types. In fact, research has shown that fragrances in skincare products and makeup are among the most common causes of sensitizing and other negative skin reactions. And this is true for all skin types, not just those with sensitive or redness-prone skin. Although you may not see the damage on skin’s surface, it can be silently occurring every day, causing minor problems for your skin in the short term and worse problems in the long term.
Beware of these “benefits…
Oil-infused foundations for a “sheer, dewy” finish? Stay away! “Shimmer-packed” formulas guaranteed to make you glow? Avoid this like the plague! If you are acne prone, what you want is healthy looking, CLEAR skin. Stick to the basics! Also, be wary of the claim “oil-free”. Lots of ingredients can make skin feel greasy but don’t contain or get listed as traditional oils.
What you want is makeup that is packed with nourishing ingredients that will respect the integrity of your skin’s moisture barrier and keep your skin balanced throughout the day. Oleda Anti-Aging Aloe Foundation is a favorite because it was developed for use on dry, normal and oily skin. Enriched with Aloe Vera, the hydrating formula easily glides on smoothly over the most dehydrated skin. It’s also formulated to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Most importantly for acne prone skin, it’s texture light yet it provides great coverage.
Finally, when choosing the right makeup, remember that less is more… After all, your skin care products should be doing most of the work of keeping your skin healthy and clear.