Makeup mistakes that can cause acne. If you struggle with acne, there’s a good chance that you use makeup to cover up all those nasty red spots and breakouts.
But many of us are prone to making makeup mistakes that can make our acne worse or even cause more breakouts, without even realising it.
From using dirty makeup brushes to failing to take off your makeup at the end of the day, here’s some of the mistakes that can be contributing to your acne.
You’re not applying makeup to a clean face
Even if you’re bleary-eyed and barely awake in the morning, it’s important to always wash your face before applying your makeup. To avoid breaking out from your makeup, prep your skin using a salicylic-based cleanser to remove excess oil and dirt.
You’re using dirty makeup brushes
Think about it: when was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Not cleaning your brushes and sponges regularly can lead to bacteria, oil and dirt, which do your skin no favours.
Treat the hairs of your brushes like the hair on your head. Wash and condition once a week which will keep the bacteria load down. For sponges, wash them with soap and hot water and squeeze until the water runs clear.
You’re throwing brushes at the bottom of your makeup bag
Storing your makeup brushes properly is just as important as giving them a good cleaning.
Even if you’re pressed for time in the mornings, you need to give your brushes time to breathe, which doesn’t happen at the bottom of your makeup bag. Store your brushes separately from your makeup.
You haven’t washed your hands
Your fingers are a great way to apply your makeup. But if you’re not washing your hands beforehand, you’re probably transferring all kinds of bacteria to your face.
As well as washing your hands before applying makeup, make sure to be delicate and avoid tugging at your skin, which can lead to irritation.
You’re using the wrong makeup for your skin
All skin types can be prone to breakouts, especially if you’re using products that clog your pores. Be sure to steer clear of comedogenic ingredients that can cause your skin trouble.
These can include fragrances and dyes as well as alcohol, which can be drying on the skin.
You’re covering breakouts with too much foundation
Using a thick foundation to cover up breakouts can make your skin look cakey and dry. It can also delay the healing process and cause further irritation.
You’re using expired makeup
It’s not pretty what happens to your skin when you use expired makeup. Expired makeup can harbour bacteria and liquid and cream products are the worst offenders. When you continue to use expired makeup, you’re just pilling on the bacteria.
If you can’t remember when you purchased something, it’s best to be safe and toss it. We know it hurts, especially when it’s an expensive product, but it’s not worth the angry acne flare-up.
You’re not taking it off properly
No matter how tired you are, you absolutely must take off your makeup before hitting the hay. And I don’t just mean quickly run a makeup wipe over your face.
By leaving makeup on your skin, you can clog your pores which can lead to sebum build up and this can interfere with your skin’s natural ability to repair itself.
Try using an oil-based cleanser to soften and break down your makeup before using a water-based cleanser to remove any dirt and oil from your face.
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Makeup mistakes that can cause acne