How to Choose Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin

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The dilemma of having acne-prone skin is that you’d ideally want to cover your blemishes with cosmetics, but the products can potentially cause more breakouts. As much as possible, you’d want to avoid a trial-and-error process when selecting the best makeup, but this is unavoidable, because even the products that are labeled “for acne-prone skin” can still cause breakouts.

So, what can you do to solve this problem?

Ingredients to Avoid

Start by reading the labels of the products before you purchase anything. Look for the following ingredients that are not just harmful for acne-prone skin, but also for all the other skin types: benzalkonium chloride, BHA and BHT, coal tar ingredients, EDTA, ethanolamine, formaldehyde, hydroquinone, oxybenzone, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, PEG compounds, toluene, triclosan and triclocarban, retinyl palmitate, retinol, SLS and SLES, and synthetic fragrance or flavor.

Ingredients to Look For

Any type of cosmetic you’re going to use on your face should have the following ingredients: water, zinc oxide, silica, and titanium oxide. This means that most of your makeup should be mineral-based, water-based, or light liquid-based and are non-greasy, oil-free, and non-comedogenic. Moisturizers for acne-prone skin should have hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Avoid moisturizers that contain cold cream, cocoa butter, and mineral oil that can be greasy and heavy. The color of the makeup should complement your skin tone, so that it will be easier to hide some of the blemishes. If you need to use aftershave lotions, look for products that have topical antibiotics or benzoyl peroxide for acne.

Pick Only the Trusted Brands

This is the tricky part, but you need to research about the ingredients used by cosmetic companies and the processes involved in creating their products. It’s not that hard to do these days, and some websites even post brand names that are considered cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and safe for any skin type. Once you find a brand that you can trust, stick with it. However, if your skin becomes itchy, swollen or red, you should stop using the product.

Not All Brands Have the Same Effect

Even if your sister has the same skin type, that doesn’t mean that her makeup will also work for you. When choosing a foundation, for example, it’s important to remember that one size does not fit all. You need to find a product that will match the needs of your skin type, color, and other concerns. However, you need to look for the following characteristics in your cosmetics: non-greasy, non-comedogenic, non-irritating, oil-free, hypoallergenic, and non-acnegenic.

Take Care of Your Skin

It goes without saying that you need to address your skin problems first by consulting a dermatologist who can recommend a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and other acne treatment products. Before you apply any makeup, you should use a mattifying primer and an oil-free, liquid foundation. Concealers should be applied after the foundation, then the makeup applied by stippling instead of rubbing on the skin. Sheer powder will help keep the makeup in place, but stay away from illuminators and shimmers.

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