Makeup and pimples

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011


There are so many reasons why people suffer from acne and pimples. Often it has more to do with hormones, genetics and diet than just makeup alone.  Otherwise everyone that wore makeup would have pimples, and everyone that didn’t would have clear skin!

While there is no concrete evidence that makeup is the primary cause of acne, it is true that for some people, wearing the wrong type of makeup can irritate and make their skin worse. If your makeup really is to blame, once you stop wearing it, your skin should return to its regular condition within a few days.

Here are some of my rules to help ensure that makeup you use is in synergy with your skin:

  • Know your skin type. If you have oily and sensitive skin for instance, you should only be using oil-free makeup products. It’s easy in theory and it works!
  • Monitor your skin as the seasons change. Subtle changes in our skin occur daily. But if your skin does a drastic shift when the seasons change and goes from normal to super oily (or vice versa), you will need to switch your makeup products too.
  • Wear cream based products with caution. Only people with normal to dry skin can wear these heavier textures with minimal risk of irritation or pore blocking. So resist the temptation to buy the cream blush your best friend is using or the one being endorsed by a celebrity you follow!
  • Don’t use products on areas of your face they weren’t designed for. Keep your lipstick off your cheeks and your under eye concealer off breakouts!
  • Clean your brushes and sponges regularly. Bacteria from these applicators will spread to your makeup and to your face.