We've all got that one friend who gets compliments on her skin, even though she's never had a bad skin day in her life. It's frustrating... but while you're on the road to getting that flaw-free skin, it's best to choose products designed to not irritate or cause breakouts.
Dealing with sensitive skin? Trying to tackle acne? We've got makeup solutions. Whether your skin has suddenly changed due to hormones or allergies, or you’ve been having issues for years, there's makeup for you.
There are plenty of gorgeous products out there with exciting promises, but cosmetics aren’t one-size-fits-all. If you want to find a fix for your skin, you need to find a product that’s been made for you and your unique needs.
Here's everything you need to know about finding the perfect makeup for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Let’s talk about 'normal' skin. Although you might see a lot of makeup products for normal skin, this skin type is a myth! Everyone has some complexion issue, whether it’s dry patches, sensitivity, acne, or any number of other concerns. Here’s how to deal with TRULY normal skin—meaning skin that's sensitive or acne-prone.
Makeup to Prevent Irritation in Sensitive Skin
If your skin is easily irritated, it’s important to treat it with extra TLC. This means finding the right ingredients, avoiding certain products, creating the right routine, and following the right schedule.
One of the most common mistakes that women make is using makeup with salicylic acid - normally this will be in the form of medicated concealer. Although these actives are considered the gold standards in fighting breakouts and can do worlds of good when used correctly, such ingredients can be too much for sensitive skin, especially if they're used in areas that aren't affected by breakouts or applied before going into the sun. It might seem counterintuitive, but over-drying the skin can actually cause breakouts. Focus on keeping your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, especially during the day. Your makeup will look so much better for it!
When it comes to choosing makeup for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are generally better. The more items you see on the ingredients list, the more likely you are to deal with irritation. Look for labels that say 'allergy-tested' or 'dermatologist-tested'. If you get a new product, dot it on your skin and wait 24 hours to see if there’s any irritation. This goes double for primers and foundations - they're going to be covering your skin all day, so make sure it's right for you!
Preventing and Treating Acne
Whether you're 13 or 30, acne can be persistent. If you want to choose makeup products to help prevent acne, here are a few precautions to take.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but you need to make sure you're not disrupting your skin's barrier with your choice in primers and foundations - you want to focus on not drying your skin out. If the skin is too dry, the skin's barrier can become compromised which in turn can allow bacteria to cause breakouts. So, avoid alcohol-based foundations, unless you've got a really good primer.
And speaking of primers - you can buy medicated primers, and salicylic acid can be great for acne-prone skin that's not sensitive. However! As it is an active ingredient, you need to remember to wear your sunscreen and bear in mind which other active ingredients you've already applied that week... sound complicated? If you're not sure if it's for you or not, you can always get in touch with our trained skin specialists with information about your skin routine via this skincare recommendation form.
When it comes to choosing makeup brands, consider mineral-based cosmetics. Powders are great for absorbing oil without clogging pores. Whilst looking for makeup labelled 'noncomedogenic' can be a good thing, it’s not a guarantee. There’s no legal or technical definition, so cheap brands often throw the phrase around.
So, while there are a few things to keep in mind, there are definitely some really great solutions to makeup for sensitive and acne-prone skin types! Whether you like your foundation base minimal or you love fuller coverage, there really is something for everyone.