Acne usually starts in puberty, but it affects adults too. Acne is mostly due to the way skin reacts to hormonal changes. Inflammatory acne is when the skin is also red and swollen. This needs to be treated early to prevent scarring. Try not to pick or squeeze spots as this can cause inflammation and lead to scarring. Spots will eventually go away on their own, but they might leave redness in the skin for some weeks or months afterwards.
If you feel so embarrassed of your acne that you refuse to go anywhere without wearing makeup, but you are also worried that wearing makeup today may make you break out even more tomorrow. So, how can you ensure your makeup isn’t sabotaging your efforts to clear your skin?
1. Using expired cosmetics.
How often we think that our fave compact powder has a very limited lifetime. The same goes to beauty aids and other makeup products. Carefully follow the use-by date instructions and never use cosmetics more than 12 months after opening it.
2. Clean your applicators frequently.
Don’t forget to clean your make-up brushes on a regular basis, ladies. When applying makeup to your face skin, make sure your makeup brushes are totally clean. The bristles can harbor all kinds of oil and germs and having these applied to your face repeatedly, without washing them, can cause breakouts. Half of the fight against blemishes is reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria on your skin, makeup brushes and applicators are bacteria magnets. If the brushes are old or totally caked in makeup, dispose of them and get new ones to use on your skin.
How to clean your makeup brushes:
Mix a couple of drops of shampoo and lukewarm water in a cup, swish your brushes around, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay flat to air dry. Do it once a week.
3. Take your makeup off before bed!!!
To prevent acne, a good hygiene is necessary. We like the makeup I know it, but it is Soooo important to give your face a breather, cleanse daily, and unclog your pores or do your best to not clog them in the first place. Sleeping with your makeup on is an absolute no-no if you want to have beautiful, healthy skin. Avoid touching your face with dirty hands, or using a dirty towel to wipe your face especially if you already have pimples.
4. Go natural during exercise.
Leaving makeup on your face while you exercise means that it will mix with your sweat and clog pores, so be sure to start and end with clean skin.
5. Let your skin breathe.
Leave your face makeup-less at least a few times a week. Allow your skin time to breathe and heal, and when you do wear makeup, remember, less is best.