Sometimes it feels like a never-ending battle between choosing to wear makeup or taking care of your skin.
Your skin breaks out. You put on foundation. Your foundation makes you break out even more.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The solution might be as simple as switching to clean beauty and skincare products. That’s why we’ve come up with some handy tips and makeup and skincare advice for acne.
1. Understanding Causes of and Preventing Acne
Acne is, unfortunately, quite common. When your oil glands secrete oils and get clogged, this can lead to pimples and cysts. With the help of a dermatologist, even the most stubborn of acne cases can virtually disappear.
One way to prevent acne is to be careful about the products you use on your face. That may mean switching to clean skincare products if you’re not already using them.
2. Treating Your Acne
Stay away from skincare products that can clog your pores. Also, think about what hair products you’re using. Especially if you have long hair, you don’t want any pore-clogging hair products getting onto your face.
3. Targeting Acne-Prone Skin
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, you should use products to specifically target acne-prone skin. Products that contain ingredients like salicylic acid and adapalene can help to unclog pores. Benzoyl peroxide will help fight acne-causing bacteria, too.
4. Resist the Temptation to Squeeze
As tempting as it can be, you don’t want to be a Dr. Pimple Popper. Resist the temptation to squeeze your pimples. If done incorrectly, it can further exacerbate your acne and even lead to permanent scarring.
5. Don’t Dry It Out
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t want to dry out that big red zit. Some people will use rubbing alcohol or other drying ingredients on pimples.
If you’re using makeup with drying ingredients such as alcohol, you’re not allowing your skin to complete the natural exfoliating process. The exfoliating process allows dead skin cells to fall off and ultimately helps red zits to go away eventually.
6. Benefits of Switching to Clean Beauty
If you’ve been thinking about using clean beauty and skincare products, now’s the time. According to YPulse, the global industry is estimated to reach $22 billion by 2024— business is booming, and more consumers are searching for clean beauty alternatives than ever. And why not?
They’re safe, non-toxic, and have better ingredients for the environment. There are so many benefits that go along with switching to clean beauty products. You’ll find that clean beauty is better for your overall health. You’ll have a natural and healthy glow without the negative side effects of toxic ingredients that can be harmful to sensitive and acne-prone skin.
7. Your Morning Skincare Routine
If you have acne–prone skin, you’ll want to cleanse your face twice a day. If you have oily skin, use a creamy, oil-free cleanser with salicylic acid first thing in the morning.
Using toner in the morning is optional, but removing extra oil from your face is recommended. Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s not the peak sunny summer season. Use SPF moisturizer all year long.
8. Your Nighttime Skincare Routine
Because you should cleanse your skin twice a day, you’ll want to do it first thing in the morning and again at night before you go to bed. Toner can be applied in the evening to help reduce pore size and calm redness.
Make sure to moisturize and apply night creams.
9. Don’t Wear Makeup Overnight
Whatever you do, make sure you’re not wearing your makeup to bed. If you currently wear makeup every day, consider skipping a few days or at least every other day to let your skin breathe.
If you must wear your makeup nearly every day, you’ll have to cleanse your skin thoroughly at night. Opt for cleansers specifically designed for oily and acne-prone skin.
10. Keeping Track of Breakouts
By keeping track of your breakouts, you’ll better understand exactly why you’re breaking out. Is it a hormonal break out and you tend to have acne around your time of the month?
Do you break out when you get stressed after a big project at work? Do you break out after eating certain foods? Tracking any acne flare-ups will help keep track and answer these questions.
11. Choose the Right Foundation
Besides choosing the right kind of foundation for your skin tone and undertone, you’ll want to choose a foundation that won’t cause acne.
Opt for foundations from clean makeup brands to pick the right foundation for you. If you already have oil or shiny skin, you don’t need a foundation that makes your skin dewy. Instead, you’ll want a foundation that is matte or semi-matte.
Stay away from foundations with a dewy or satin finish. Anyone with acne-prone skin should opt for an oil-free foundation.
Sylvia Silverstone is a passionate writer who loves to share her knowledge and expertise on a wide range of topics, including beauty, life hacks, entertainment, health, news, and money. With a keen eye for detail and a talent for storytelling, Sylvia's engaging writing style keeps readers coming back for more.