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Ways that makeup may be ruining your skin

Updated on July 11, 2016
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A 28yr old student Doctor with a passion for writing. Sharing my passion everywhere I get the opportunity to.

Over the years, makeup has become a staple in almost every females life. Even if it's just a tinted moisturizer, or some lip gloss, every girl has something that they put on their faces that bring them more peace of mind and comfort when they go places.

Ever wondered what makeup is made of and what it does to the skin?, well we have and so we researched it, here's what we found.


After doing our research, we found out that makeup is made of some really disturbing ingredients, and very rarely is any of it actually good for your skin. Quite often crushed parasitic beetles, fish scales, road kill and snail slime are used in the production of lipsticks, mascaras, eye shadows, and as the moisturizing element of products. The rest of what it contains are waxes, alcohols, oils, and pigments. After reading that it is pretty self explanatory as to why it is damaging to our skin.

In all actuality all things above considered, makeup doesn't actually have any serious negative effect on skin. However, there are a few things that makeup may cause your skin to do that you may not be enjoying. For some people they may experience an allergic reaction to some of the chemical present in makeup, the reaction may appear as either irritant contact dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis. The symptoms of allergic reactions to makeup are itching, swelling or blisters.

The next thing that may happen to your skin if not properly cared for while using makeup is the dreaded acne. More accurately called acne cosmetica, this is when makeup causes or worsens acne on the skin. However, if you maintain a healthy skin regime when using makeup, this should be something that you can avoid with ease. The symptoms of this are blocked pores, reddening bumbs on the chin, cheek and/or forehead.

In order to avoid the reactions that makeup may cause your skin, simply read the label of the products that you are interested in purchasing. If the label says that the product contains fragrance and oils then these are the product that you should stay away from as fragrance causes allergic reactions and oils clog pores causing acne. However, if the makeup products have hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and nonacnegenic on the label, then they are generally safe products that will not cause allergic reactions or acne of any kind.Couple this with a great skin care routine and the negative side effects of makeup can be avoided.

A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear.

— Marilyn Monroe

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How to care for the skin when using makeup

It is important to ave a healthy skin care routine when using makeup daily or even weekly. This routine should include 3 main components:


Organic Makeup for skin

If you are still very concerned about using makeup with the typical chemical ingredients and are on the market for something a lot more organic, this is not such a bad idea. Organic makeup offer lot of health benefits to the skin that would help in the preservation of it over time, that regular makeup will not. It is important to note that organic or natural products are products that contain mostly or completely naturally derived ingredients, it should also indicate that the product is free from or contains minute amounts of artificial chemicals.

The average woman absorbs over 30 pounds of the ingredients contained in moisturizers over 60 years. - Dr. Hauschka

How to heal the skin from makeup damage

Unfortunately, most women will experience damage to their skin from makeup overtime and when this happens it is important to know that there are internal as well as external ways to encourage your skin to heal itself in an attempt to repair or even reverse the skin damage. Internally improvements to your diet and lifestyle will dramatically improve the overall condition of your skin. Simple adjustments like eating more vitamin c rich foods, protein and zinc, will go a long way in improving the texture and appearance of your skin. While cutting out junk food and detoxing your skin will give your skin the youthful glow that it once possessed.

On the outside exfoliating your skin once every two weeks and topically applying vitamins and antioxidants will reverse most of the damage that skin experiences. Including natural oils into your skincare regime also go a long way to maintaining healthy looking skin once it is achieved again, also please do not forget to keep hydrated. The skin and the body thrives at it's best when it is well hydrated.


Makeup should never be used to hide yourself, it should be used to enhance your natural beauty!

— Kira Carl

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      Melange Space 17 months ago from Trinidad & Tobago

      So true, makeup could get really gross especially the more high end it gets! Best to stay organic.

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      ezzly 17 months ago

      Wow I never would have thought about this ! I guess it makes sense and especially as skin is so porous you have to be careful what you put on there!