Most of us don’t want to rely on makeup to feel beautiful (or at least presentable). While playing around with fashionable color combinations can be fun, we would prefer to have the option to go confidently makeup-free.  But for 50 million Americans — and 50% of adult women — that option isn’t acceptable because of acne.

Sometimes we need makeup to camouflage unsightly pimples and scars—but makeup can also make the problem worse. So how can we make makeup and acne work together instead of against each other? The following tips might help:

First, Take (Proper) Care of Your Skin

  • Never go to bed with your makeup on. It can be tempting to skip washing your face after a long day, but doing this enables pores to clog with dirt, oil, bacteria, and other daily toxins. The hours when you are sleeping are prime for skin repair, so wash up before you get to bed.
  • While we’re talking about it, don’t wash your face too much. Washing your face too much (more than twice a day) strips your skin of needed oils and can aggravate your skin.
  • Don’t skip moisturizer. Avoiding moisturizers can result in over-dry skin, so choose an oil-free moisturizer that will give your skin the drink it needs. Moisturizer will also help makeup go on smoother.
  • And of course, no picking and squeezing pimples, no matter how tempting it is. Doing this spreads the acne-causing bacteria, which only makes your problem worse.

Next, Choose the Right Stuff

  • All makeup should be non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Water-based makeup is ideal.
  • Try mineral-based makeup that features ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and silica, which can absorb oil and camouflage redness without irritating the skin.
  • Find the right shade. Instead of testing foundation against your wrist, try it against your jawline to get the most natural-looking shade.
  • Green concealer can help hide red spots—only make sure to dab your foundation over it.
  • Blushes and eye shadows can be tricky. Sparkly eye shadows often contain mica, which can clog follicles; cream blushes are prone to comedogenic ingredients which you need to avoid.
  • Regularly clean brushes and applicators. Cleaning brushes once a month with mild soap and warm water will help keep your skin free from breakout-causing bacteria.

You don’t have to feel embarrassed while treating your acne. Good skin care, along with choosing the right makeup products, can go a long way in boosting self-confidence.

Is your current skin regimen not working? Contact Dr. Zimmet’s office today to schedule a consultation, and see how you can put acne behind you for good.