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How to Apply Clean Makeup to Prevent Acne

Updated on August 22, 2016
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Shushanik is always looking for ways to improve her skin and get rid of problems. She is sharing her findings with her readers.


Women wear makeup to enhance their beauty. However, the ironic fact is that makeup can often cause acne which is detrimental to one’s physical appearance. In this regard, you have to know how to apply makeup to prevent acne and avoid skin breakouts in the future.

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Choosing the Right Kind of Makeup

If you are prone to acne, you probably try to cover up those pimples and blemishes on your face by applying makeup. But then, this can actually worsen the condition and further encourage more acne to appear. Thus, you need to choose the right kind of makeup that has less tendency to promote breakouts and clog pores.

You should go for the water-based and hypoallergenic alternatives. Definitely avoid oil-based ones and those that contain components such as coal tar and its derivatives as well as lanolins. Isopropyl Myristate, for instance, is known to hugely provoke acne.

Look for non-comedogenic makeup, the one that doesn't clog pores.

It is also advisable to use more of the powdered form rather than liquid options. Liquid and cream make-up are more likely to contain oil that can make your acne breakouts worse.

Applying Clean Makeup

Naturally, acne is rooted in the mixture of dirt and oil. Hence it is important that you always apply clean makeup. For example, you have to make sure that the sponge you use for putting on foundation or powder is always clean. When you see that the color is quite dark even after cleaning it or if it is not firm enough anymore and has tears already, that means it’s time to replace it. Furthermore, you should make sure not to share your sponge with anyone else.

Aside from the sponge, you should also take a look at your other makeup applicators such as your set of brushes. Ensure that these are regularly cleaned and are replaced if necessary. You might be aggravating your skin condition by directly applying dirt and bacteria on your face with the use of dirty applicators.

Your Skincare and Makeup Solutions to Prevent Acne

Before putting on any makeup, you should wash your face clean with a mild cleanser. Whenever you retouch within the day, make sure to wash your face first before doing so. It is also essential to have very clean hands first especially if you use your hands directly to apply makeup.

You may also opt to use an alcohol-free toner and an oil-free moisturizer after washing your face and before putting on any makeup. The toner can actually enhance the job of the cleanser in removing dirt that was missed. Meanwhile, the moisturizer helps prepare your skin for makeup.

Of course you should definitely not forget to remove the makeup at the end of the day before going to bed. There are plenty of creams and cleansers that are designed for this purpose. Don’t give bacteria a chance to stay longer on your skin.

Once you have mastered the clean application of makeup to prevent acne, you can relish the fresh and glowing look of your skin throughout the day.

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