Nobody looks twice at a teenager with acne. It is something usual, something to be expected during the teenage years. But, if you’re still experiencing acne breakouts as an adult, it becomes annoying or even embarrassing. Before rushing to look for an over-the-counter acne treatment, or going to stress the dermatologist, think about how you apply your make-up. Learn about the most common acne-causing makeup mistakes, according to dermatologists and make-up artists.
1. Using the wrong foundation
Even if the makeup itself does not normally cause acne, some of its ingredients can clog the pores, which leads to an overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria. You should try to use non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic or mineral-based makeup products to lower the risk of irritating the skin.
2. Plastering the acne over with foundation
Pimples need exposure to air to heal. If you seal up the acne with a thick layer of foundation, the irritation will hang on longer (less air exposure and plenty of moisture make bacteria thrive). You should spot-treat the acne before applying foundation. After popping a pimple, do not apply foundation in the open pore, or you risk further inflammation.
3. Using your fingers as makeup applicators
The skin on the fingers, because of the frequent contact with a variety of surfaces, carries more germs than other areas. If you use your fingers to apply makeup, you will just smear these germs all over the sensitive skin on your face. Always use either a makeup brush or sponge, and clean them regularly.
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4. Using dirty makeup brushes and tools
You have to regularly wash your makeup brushes and tools or they will become breeding grounds for various bacteria. You don’t want to smear THAT all over your face every day, do you? You should wash and condition the hair of your brushes once a week. Wash your sponges with soap and hot water, making sure to keep squeezing them until the water runs clear.
5. Inadequate face-washing procedures before bed
Using only makeup remover wipes before bed is not nearly enough. You need to thoroughly clean up all the makeup, dirt and oils accumulated during the day, especially if you wear a full face of makeup. Give up the wipes for dedicated makeup removers, or use a double cleanse before bedtime.
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