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Makeup Is Bad For Your Acne

Posted by CeruleanCity, in Life Ramblings, Makeup 24 July 2013 · 2,523 views

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GAH. No, this is not a skin update or product review post. More of a rant if anything. It's about a pet peeve of mine - it really irks me when I see people lecture others about how wearing makeup over your acne is some sinful act...OR if they ask for ways to minimize the look of spots and emphasize (arrogantly I might add) that makeup is not an option blah blah blah.
 
From my personal experience this is what I've learned - 
 
MAKEUP IS NOT BAD FOR YOUR SKIN.
 
It's how you go about it which makes it potentially detrimental to your skin. Is that crystal clear? 
 
1 - You've got acne-prone skin? Find makeup that's oil-free. Take it up another notch by finding one that's paraben free and/or synthetic fragrance free. There are SO many foundations out on the market right now there is bound to be one that tickles your fancy. It's just finding what works and you won't know unless you try. You've bought a foundation that's stuffed with silicon? You're gonna have a bad time dude. I steer clear from drugstore foundations. Also, I live in california where sephora/nordstrom have AMAZING return policies...the moment something breaks me out or doesn't work the way I had wanted it to it's going back to the store. Sephora gives generous samples of any product you ask for. The last product I tried was a mattifying primer from BECCA. I know that product was the one breaking me out because I only broke out on my T-zone where it was applied to. Holy crap those breakouts were sparse but MASSIVE. Now I know that primer is no-go for my skin, thanks sephora .___.;;
 
2 - Properly remove all of your makeup. I cannot emphasize this enough. Even before I was on the regimen my skin did show improvements the moment I started using makeup removing wipes before cleansing. I typically wear full faced foundation to work/school etc. I actually remember the days when my skincare routine was just a cleanser and moisturizer. When I used the witch hazel toner for the first time I was SHOCKED to see how much foundation was still left over even after cleansing my face. To think I would go straight to bed after moisturizing with all that junk still on my skin makes me cringe in my seat right now...EW. So if you're wearing makeup just keep in mind you will most likely need something a bit more than just a cleanser to remove it.
 
3 - Remove your makeup the moment you come home. This is one of the key things I stick to and have noticed improvements because of it. After a long day at school/work, all I want to go is sit at my computer and browse mindlessly on imgur, sephora, etc and not be bothered LOLS ...but gah! Letting all the makeup sit on my face after 8+hours feels pretty gross and that's enough motivation to get my butt up to take off my makeup.
 
4 - Let your skin breath whenever it can. Don't wear makeup when you honestly don't need to. Going out for a quick errand? Forget the foundation and EVEN the concealer if you can help it. Just get your errand done and call it a day. I know it's hard to muster up the courage it takes to go out with a bare face but using up your foundation when it's not needed is just...wasteful. 
 
 
Makeup is awesome. It can be the confidence boost that you need or just a simple daily dose of pampering. To sum it all up, if you're going to wear makeup just make sure it's oil-free, have a decent makeup removing product on your hands and remove it the moment you no longer need to wear it. 
 
I'll end this post with a picture of my dog cause he's tubby and derpy. Look at this fatty, when I told him it was time to go back inside he flops on over and demands me to carry him back in. LAZY. Anyway, see you guys later!
 
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Hey!  Cool post :)  I completely agree, it really just depends on the makeup, it's not like you can't wear it ever.  In fact, I feel like most of the people who wear face makeup DO have acne or an imperfect complexion.  That's the point!  My problem is that since I've stopped wearing makeup as often on the Regimen (only 2x week), I feel like my skin is SO sensitive to every ingredient!  Ah!  A makeup artist actually used Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo foundation on me a couple of weeks ago for a photoshoot, and my skin was so congested by the end of the day, 'twas nasty.  I've been having trouble finding a good one :(

sucks that the lock-it foundation didn't work out for you D: it doesn't have the best staying power on my skin (6 hours is fine, 8 is realllyy pushing it)  but it really has worked loads better than the few other foundations I've tried.

 

how sensitive is your skin on the regimen? mine FINALLY stopped getting flaky D: besides that though it's not red or itchy from anything (powders, creams etc)

Agree with you. Its all about finding what works for you and what doesn't break you out. My favorite concealer is the Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer, it never breaks me out and I wear the 24hrs only 8-12 on me. I found that powders are the best for acne prone skin. BareMinerals Matte is pretty good with coverage and doesn't pronounce and bumps.

 

Also when I bought a Clarisonic I realized how much makeup I was missing! Its really crazy! That's also why I prefer powders.

 

I also take my makeup off as soon as I walk in the door! It feels so gross and I really hate wearing such heavy foundation but I will not go out without being covered!

 

Have you tried the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer? Its great for oily skin and never breaks me out. Most people I know who have tried it loves it. It makes my skin so smooth! Great tips! (:

I know, I feel like so many people like it!  I could always give it another go, the artist also used an awkward oil-absorber thingy from Murad as a primer and put a powder over the foundation that might've had bismuth oxychloride in it or something, who knows.  Or, maybe the blush/bronzer did.  So I guess I can't say it was the foundation's fault!

 

My skin is really sensitive in general, and even more so on the Regimen.  It's not as flaky as it was though since using jojoba for a couple of weeks!  Glad yours isn't flaky anymore. :)  Mine tends to burn a bit with liquid foundation right now so I was thinking of trying out this new mineral powder from Tarte that doesn't have any comedogenic ingredients:  http://www.sephora.c...ndation-P380829

Agree with you. Its all about finding what works for you and what doesn't break you out. My favorite concealer is the Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer, it never breaks me out and I wear the 24hrs only 8-12 on me. I found that powders are the best for acne prone skin. BareMinerals Matte is pretty good with coverage and doesn't pronounce and bumps.

 

Also when I bought a Clarisonic I realized how much makeup I was missing! Its really crazy! That's also why I prefer powders.

 

I also take my makeup off as soon as I walk in the door! It feels so gross and I really hate wearing such heavy foundation but I will not go out without being covered!

 

Have you tried the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer? Its great for oily skin and never breaks me out. Most people I know who have tried it loves it. It makes my skin so smooth! Great tips! (:

 

I'm hoping to make the transition back to powder foundation soon!! It's been so long since my skin has been so calm  (omg hope I didn't jinx myself). I did start off with powder foundation and had to move onto liquid cause my skin was just flaring up terribly D: I'll be sure to take a look at bareminerals :D

 

&HOLY@#$% I'VE BEEN EYEBALLING the hourgalss veil mineral primer but it's just so pricey. omg my wallet hurts. it's more expensive than my foundation. I'm holding out until sephora cranks out a 15%-20% off voucher before forking over my money hahaha!

I know, I feel like so many people like it!  I could always give it another go, the artist also used an awkward oil-absorber thingy from Murad as a primer and put a powder over the foundation that might've had bismuth oxychloride in it or something, who knows.  Or, maybe the blush/bronzer did.  So I guess I can't say it was the foundation's fault!

 

My skin is really sensitive in general, and even more so on the Regimen.  It's not as flaky as it was though since using jojoba for a couple of weeks!  Glad yours isn't flaky anymore. smile.png  Mine tends to burn a bit with liquid foundation right now so I was thinking of trying out this new mineral powder from Tarte that doesn't have any comedogenic ingredients:  http://www.sephora.c...ndation-P380829

 

I'm sure you'll be able to find a foundation that suits your skin, the hunt continues o;! 

 

dude. jojoba oil makes me breakout. I know the moisturizer has some mixed in but straight up jojoa oil just clogs up my skin like no other! I know it doesn't make sense but omggg plain jojoba oil makes me cry ;___;...

 

 

speaking of tarte, I actually have a foundation by them. I just stopped using it since the color match was a bit off (too pink! I'm yellow @__@;;!). I'm planning on returning it and I'll take a look at their mineral powder the next time I'm in sephora~

I know, I feel like so many people like it!  I could always give it another go, the artist also used an awkward oil-absorber thingy from Murad as a primer and put a powder over the foundation that might've had bismuth oxychloride in it or something, who knows.  Or, maybe the blush/bronzer did.  So I guess I can't say it was the foundation's fault!

 

My skin is really sensitive in general, and even more so on the Regimen.  It's not as flaky as it was though since using jojoba for a couple of weeks!  Glad yours isn't flaky anymore. smile.png  Mine tends to burn a bit with liquid foundation right now so I was thinking of trying out this new mineral powder from Tarte that doesn't have any comedogenic ingredients:  http://www.sephora.c...ndation-P380829

 

I'm sure you'll be able to find a foundation that suits your skin, the hunt continues o;! 

 

dude. jojoba oil makes me breakout. I know the moisturizer has some mixed in but straight up jojoa oil just clogs up my skin like no other! I know it doesn't make sense but omggg plain jojoba oil makes me cry ;___;...

 

 

speaking of tarte, I actually have a foundation by them. I just stopped using it since the color match was a bit off (too pink! I'm yellow @__@;;!). I'm planning on returning it and I'll take a look at their mineral powder the next time I'm in sephora~

 

thanks biggrin.png it totally continues.

 

DUDE I've heard of jojoba doing that to people, I'm so sorry! sad.png I'm seriously going to let you know about that AHA because it's meant to help flaky/scaly skin.

 

Also, yes, Tarte foundations are SO PINK!  I have olive skin/yellow undertones so I seriously can't handle it.  Color matching is so hard haha.  Staying hopeful for this mineral powder since it's looking pretty yellow.  Tarte also happens to have an amazing line of concealers though, which I forgot about.

 

Edit:  I also had a quick question I feel like you'd know the answer to since I don't know much about this: is a primer necessary?  I know people use it all the time, and I get why, but I've never understood whether or not it actually does anything that makes it worth buying (they're kind of expensive).  Is a moisturizer not good enough?

Nice dog! I should poster a picture of the cat I live with. Her name is Haley. Back to the topic at hand: I want to wear make-up again but I am scared. I use so many acne medications and now I also use tea tree oil toner. I am so afraid to break out again. I am used to clear skin and fear is holding me back. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation that I would love to cover up. Also, I have a hard time choosing which color of foundation to use. Iman the African supermodel came out with a make-up line that is carried at Target.My daughter and I saw it for the first time just last week. I want to try it but I am scared. I used to use foundation all the time. My face was bumpy but solid in color. Strange. I just don't know what to do but I am glad you brought this topic up. You've got everybody interested.

thanks biggrin.png it totally continues.

 

DUDE I've heard of jojoba doing that to people, I'm so sorry! sad.png I'm seriously going to let you know about that AHA because it's meant to help flaky/scaly skin.

 

Also, yes, Tarte foundations are SO PINK!  I have olive skin/yellow undertones so I seriously can't handle it.  Color matching is so hard haha.  Staying hopeful for this mineral powder since it's looking pretty yellow.  Tarte also happens to have an amazing line of concealers though, which I forgot about.

 

Edit:  I also had a quick question I feel like you'd know the answer to since I don't know much about this: is a primer necessary?  I know people use it all the time, and I get why, but I've never understood whether or not it actually does anything that makes it worth buying (they're kind of expensive).  Is a moisturizer not good enough?

 

 

a primer isn't 100% necessary. I found that my skin reacts to a primer pretty well. the lifespan of my foundation does last longer (about 1-2hours more) than if I didn't. I'm not sure if that justifies the price tag on the primer but that's up to you! I use a primer to extend the life of my foundation, not necessarily anything else like treating my spots and whatever.  I've noticed my makeup applies a lot smoother too so that's a plus. 

 

if your makeup lasts long enough throughout the day for you then don't bother with a primer. it's like the same idea of using an eyeshadow primer. since I have OILY ASS lids there's no point in me wearing eyeshadow without a primer because it will turn into a big crease-y mess. if you don't have oily lids then you're honestly just wasting money on whatever hyped eyeshdaow primer is out there -coughurbandecaycough-

Agree with you. Its all about finding what works for you and what doesn't break you out. My favorite concealer is the Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer, it never breaks me out and I wear the 24hrs only 8-12 on me. I found that powders are the best for acne prone skin. BareMinerals Matte is pretty good with coverage and doesn't pronounce and bumps.

 

Also when I bought a Clarisonic I realized how much makeup I was missing! Its really crazy! That's also why I prefer powders.

 

I also take my makeup off as soon as I walk in the door! It feels so gross and I really hate wearing such heavy foundation but I will not go out without being covered!

 

Have you tried the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer? Its great for oily skin and never breaks me out. Most people I know who have tried it loves it. It makes my skin so smooth! Great tips! (:

 

I'm hoping to make the transition back to powder foundation soon!! It's been so long since my skin has been so calm  (omg hope I didn't jinx myself). I did start off with powder foundation and had to move onto liquid cause my skin was just flaring up terribly D: I'll be sure to take a look at bareminerals biggrin.png

 

&HOLY@#$% I'VE BEEN EYEBALLING the hourgalss veil mineral primer but it's just so pricey. omg my wallet hurts. it's more expensive than my foundation. I'm holding out until sephora cranks out a 15%-20% off voucher before forking over my money hahaha!

 

 

I know its so expensive! They have a set that comes with the primer and No. 28 serum and that's stuff is awesome too, but that's how I fell in love with it! I think its around $25 for that set but after that I was hooked! And if you don't like it you can at least return it!

Nice dog! I should poster a picture of the cat I live with. Her name is Haley. Back to the topic at hand: I want to wear make-up again but I am scared. I use so many acne medications and now I also use tea tree oil toner. I am so afraid to break out again. I am used to clear skin and fear is holding me back. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation that I would love to cover up. Also, I have a hard time choosing which color of foundation to use. Iman the African supermodel came out with a make-up line that is carried at Target.My daughter and I saw it for the first time just last week. I want to try it but I am scared. I used to use foundation all the time. My face was bumpy but solid in color. Strange. I just don't know what to do but I am glad you brought this topic up. You've got everybody interested.

 

I also didn't wear foundation for awhile and as soon as I put on liquid it broke me out even though I used one that never broke me out before! So I went for BareMinerals and its great! Also Tarte just came out with a new one called full coverage airbrush foundation, which is a fell coverage powder! So I'm excited to try that one out! Plus it comes in two darker shades with yellow undertones.

Nice dog! I should poster a picture of the cat I live with. Her name is Haley. Back to the topic at hand: I want to wear make-up again but I am scared. I use so many acne medications and now I also use tea tree oil toner. I am so afraid to break out again. I am used to clear skin and fear is holding me back. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation that I would love to cover up. Also, I have a hard time choosing which color of foundation to use. Iman the African supermodel came out with a make-up line that is carried at Target.My daughter and I saw it for the first time just last week. I want to try it but I am scared. I used to use foundation all the time. My face was bumpy but solid in color. Strange. I just don't know what to do but I am glad you brought this topic up. You've got everybody interested.

 

 

he's trying to dig a hole in my carpet right now. derp.

 

anyway if your skin is relatively clear (no active breakouts) I'd actually just skip using foundation. try a concealer! they're much more affordable than whole bottles of foundation too~

 

p.s. target has an amazing return policy as well hehehe

 


I know its so expensive! They have a set that comes with the primer and No. 28 serum and that's stuff is awesome too, but that's how I fell in love with it! I think its around $25 for that set but after that I was hooked! And if you don't like it you can at least return it!

 

omgggg you're totally enabling me to go splurge and get it right now. I'll buy it after I use up my current primer for sure then hahaha

How long did it take for your flakiness to go away? That's the main problem with my foundation at the moment. My skin is still bad enough to need it, yet it looks terrible on! lol

How long did it take for your flakiness to go away? That's the main problem with my foundation at the moment. My skin is still bad enough to need it, yet it looks terrible on! lol

 

 

It took about...I want to say 2 weeks-a month from when it first showed up?

 

The thing is I got mad flaky because my skin just couldn't handle X amount of BP. I had to back off the amount I was initially using and start off really minimal...like a pea size amount for a good 2 weeks and worked my way up from there

 

using the olay pro X helped a ton also! I actually use it every night with the cleanser and on my skin it's gentle enough to do so

 

I also used a supplemental moisturizer because the moisturizer from the line at the time really wasn't cutting it...and jojoba oil makes me breakout. I used the eucerin moisturizing creme, worked wonders :D

Okay I can handle a month lol cause i've had it basically from the beginning starting out with about half a fingertip I'm thinking of cutting down during the day though cause its so bad haha. I would start back at the beginning but i started out with just a little once a day and that still caused problems. I just have such sensitive skin! I haven't had a problem with the jojoba oil breaking me out it just seems to not be as moisturizing as I need. I'll have to check out that moisturizer because I could use something really good especially at night time. Thanks so much!! :)

Okay I can handle a month lol cause i've had it basically from the beginning starting out with about half a fingertip I'm thinking of cutting down during the day though cause its so bad haha. I would start back at the beginning but i started out with just a little once a day and that still caused problems. I just have such sensitive skin! I haven't had a problem with the jojoba oil breaking me out it just seems to not be as moisturizing as I need. I'll have to check out that moisturizer because I could use something really good especially at night time. Thanks so much!! smile.png

 

 

no problem! I know the dry/flaky skin stage sucks but it's tough love with the BP. Even now my skin will show minor hints of flakiness on my lower cheeks IF I go overboard with the BP at night. I usually work 1 (sometimes 2 full ) pumps at night. 

I agree! LMAO at first I didn't like to go out without make up but then i started doing ALL my errands without make up and not only did my face get a million times better (maybe because of wearing less make up or because of increased confidence and self-love) either way now i see that going out without make up is not a big deal :) it actually helped me a lot!

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