Makeup and acne go hand in hand since most women use makeup to hide the blemishes left behind by acne. Hence, it is very important to use the right makeup and acne products that work effectively and not worsen the acne in the process.
Acne sucks, and if you’ve got it, you know how frustrating putting on a full face of makeup can be each time, between the redness, flakes, shine, and straight-up tenderness.
Having properly exfoliated and moisturized skin is the most important step in creating a smooth, healthy-looking complexion. Still, it is important to avoid going overboard on the exfoliating, which can only further irritate zits.
First, it’s good to know that most women have blemishes on their faces at one time or the other, and that is why there are thousands of acne and blemish treatments for sale over-the-counter.
Also, if you want to conceal pimples, acne, and its scars, makeup is the best option, since almost everyone, including movie stars, celebrities, superstars, and beautiful models on the runway uses makeup to conceal blemishes.
What Not to Use on Acne Prone Skin
If your skin type is prone to blemishes or acne, it is best to keep the oils away. Makeup that contains oily substances, no matter how good they may be for other types of skin, is more likely to worsen your facial condition.
This means that, when you buy makeup, you must make sure that whatever you choose to buy is not an oil based product. It will only take you a moment to read through information contained in the product, so invest in that time.
Things to Do Before Applying Makeup to Blemished Skin
- Always apply makeup under a good light, preferably, white light. Never apply makeup in a dimly lit room, because once you go outside into the sunlight or sit in a well-lit office, your face is exposed for all to see and mistakes will stand out.
- Wash your face thoroughly, and try to avoid scrubbing. Pat it dry before applying anything to it. You can occasionally exfoliate your face with an exfoliation wash.
- Start by using a priming moisturizer, as most dermatologists recommend an acne-fighting moisturizer apart from a cleanser and toner. Talk to a skin specialist about using an SPF based moisturizer that can help block the sun without using harmful chemicals.
- Apply the foundation, and make sure you cover the eyelids, forehead, as well as the areas around the lips and above the jawline. Makeup and acne experts recommend using a lighter shade of foundation for these regions and darker shades of foundation for the cheeks, forehead, chin and
- The next step is to soothe the foundation all over the face, and you can use a clean sponge or washcloth and wet it up with water for this purpose. Simply squeeze out the excess water and gently run it over the foundation on the face for smoothing it out.
- Apply pressed powder compact to ensure that the foundation remains in place.
- Finally, apply blush. Use shades like bronze, pink and peach and with a brush gently sweep all three colors all over face concentrating on the cheekbones.
More Tips For Makeup And Acne
- When using makeup on acne prone skin, note that many acne fighting treatments can leave your skin dry and flaky, and that is where moisturizing is essential to replenish lost oils.
- As stated above, always choose an oil-free foundation and makeup products that will not prevent the underlying acne medication from doing its job.
- Use a concealer to cover prominent blemishes, since concealer sticks are best and easier to use. For those that may prefer the liquid type, use a concealer brush to apply a tiny amount on each visible acne or pimple spot and blend gently.
- Use a natural bristle powder brush to apply loose transparent powder, and brush in a circular upward motion around the face, ensuring that you apply powder up to the hairline, under the chin and down to the upper neck area.
- Use an eyelash brush to brush and smoothen the hairs of your plucked eyebrows. Darken and contour your lashes with an eyebrow pencil and make sure that the brushing will also remove any excess powder from your brows.
- Choose makeup products that are labeled as “non-acnegenic”, “oil-free”, and “non-comedogenic”.
- Ensure that your makeup and acne product application sponges and brushes are always clean and sterilized.
- Wait for about 5 minutes after showering or washing your face prior to applying your makeup and acne products, since wet skin is very sensitive and absorbent. However, it can also get highly ‘irritated’ after being treated with acne medication.
- Never sleep with your makeup on as this can aggravate the acne, and continue to use your acne treatment medication even after your skin has cleared up.
- Never forget your sunscreen since the majority of acne treatments available today make your skin highly sensitive to the harmful ultraviolet rays effects of the sun.
- Use toner pads to wipe off makeup as they can help reduce acne blemishes and removing dead skin cells.
Makeup and acne go hand in hand if you want to achieve a flawless blemish-free look. However, makeup products should be chosen carefully as failure to do so can aggravate the acne.
Remember that all that’s written here is based on the assumption that you are adhering to acne and other facial blemish treatments. If you don’t adhere to these required treatments, acne and blemishes will not go away.
If your acne seems to defy treatment, see a dermatologist who will test you extensively and recommend a form of advanced treatment.