A Guide to Acne-Friendly Cosmetics That Treat Breakouts

You've probably heard it a hundred times: makeup makes acne worse. But that statement isn't totally accurate and doesn't even come close to telling the full story of skincare. If you have acne, you don't have to give up your daily makeup routine, but you might want to switch to acne-friendly formulas.


A Guide to Acne-Friendly Cosmetics That Treat Breakouts


Acne and Makeup: A Primer


Most makeup won't make your acne worse, although it's best to avoid oil-based, moisturising, and generally thick or heavy foundations. The real culprit behind acne is excess sebum, the natural oil that can trap impurities and clog pores.

Sometimes, applying makeup can introduce bacteria to your skin, particularly if you use unclean hands or an old makeup sponge. Makeup tends to lock bacteria, sebum, and impurities into your skin, but this doesn't necessarily mean it's the culprit behind your acne.

A few simple skincare tips can offset the effects makeup has on some acne-prone skin. Try the following:

 

 A Guide to Acne-Friendly Cosmetics That Treat Breakouts

Acne-Friendly Makeup Products


Acne-friendly makeup products are less likely to inflame your skin. These products are often marked 'non-comedogenic', which means they're less likely to clog your pores. Some acne-friendly cosmetics are also low in common allergens, reducing the risk that you'll have an acne-triggering allergic reaction.

Acne treatment products take the genre of acne-friendly makeup one step further by directly combatting acne rather than just preventing it from getting worse. Many acne makeups contain ingredients such as salicylic acid that reduce oil and fight breakouts.

Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment offers effective concealing and includes a sulphur-based acne treatment. Sulphur tends to be less drying than some other acne remedies but can still encourage rapid healing.

If you prefer a more natural approach to acne treatment, consider Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer. In addition to covering acne, this concealer is infused with green tea, which combats the bacteria that make acne red and swollen.


Getting the Most From Your Acne-Friendly Makeup


As with any skin treatment, too much of a good thing can irritate your skin. To maximise your acne treatment benefits without irritating your skin:

  • Only apply acne treatment products to the affected areas. Otherwise, you may needlessly dry or irritate your skin.
  • Don't rely on acne treatment makeup to fully address acne, since proper skincare—including regular cleansing and exfoliation—are also vitally important.
  • Apply products with clean hands or clean makeup tools to avoid undermining an otherwise effective product.
  • Don't layer multiple acne treatment cosmetics over medicated skincare products, since the effect can be excessively harsh and drying, potentially triggering a sensitivity reaction.

 

A Guide to Acne-Friendly Cosmetics That Treat Breakouts

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