By: Lucille McClinn
Anyone who has had acne has known it doesn’t go well with makeup. Under makeup, the acne is obvious. Your face looks bumpy and dull. But it’s hard not to wear makeup because the acne looks equally bad without it. If you have acne and still want to cover it up, here are some things to remember to get the best out of your makeup.
Less is always better. When applying concealer, bb cream, or foundation, putting too much on your face can make it look cakey and amplify the appearance of pimples. Use concealer lightly, then put on one layer of foundation. Anything more will make it worse. It may not cover everything up as desired but it covers most of the redness and scars.
Choose products wisely. Makeup can often clog pores and cause more pimples and blackheads. Choose cover-ups that are oil-free and are designed for your type of skin. There are many bb creams and foundations intended for specific types of skin, for instance, dry, oily, or combination skin. Check the list of ingredients on the product and make sure that it doesn’t contain any pore-clogging elements.
Splurge on a good primer. Primer preps the skin for foundation. It allows the foundation to stay on for long periods of time and minimizes the look of pores. There are primers that are designed for acne prone skin that can prime while preventing breakouts. Also, you want the makeup to cover up acne and redness for hours.
Let your skin breath. It is good to skip a day or two of makeup. Take the weekend to give your skin a rest and treat it to a mask. Wearing heavy amounts of makeup everyday can cause the skin to wrinkle and sag, and it makes the pores more susceptible to dirt and oil.
Use makeup remover. Using a good facial makeup remover can insure that the makeup doesn’t stay in your pores when you’re sleeping. Splashing your face with water won’t remove all your makeup. Face wipes are a good way to remove the makeup easily, but liquid remover will draw makeup and dirt out of pores and they often contain other acne fighting properties. Make sure to wash your face with your normal cleanser after to strip the skin of unwanted bacteria.
Using makeup when you have acne can be a difficult and stressful process, but knowing what to do can make it easier. With acne, makeup routines are always changing. But everyone can achieve flawless skin, even with acne.