Select a Face Powder That Does Not Contain Any Pore-clogging Ingredients and Apply It Very Gently
The Essential Info
When selecting a face powder, look at the ingredients. Avoid face powders that contain pore-clogging ingredients.
To be on the safe side, also avoid fragranced powders, because fragrances may irritate the skin or cause allergies in some people.
Important Considerations When Using Face Powder
- Apply it gently: To avoid physically irritating your skin, stay as ultra-gentle as possible when applying face powder.
- Remove makeup before bed: Very gently remove all makeup before bed.
- Don’t use expired makeup: It’s safest to only use fresh makeup.
- Guidelines for Choosing a Face Powder for Acne-prone Skin
- List of Common Comedogenic Ingredients in Makeup
- Tips for Using Face Powder on Acne-prone Skin
Face powder can come in a loose or pressed powder and can be either translucent or pigmented. Regardless of the exact type of powder, all powders all aim to:
- Set foundation (fixes the foundation in place)
- Absorb excess oil from the skin
- Give the skin a smooth and polished appearance
- Even out the skin tone, in the case of pigmented powder1
Since makeup can potentially contribute to acne,2 people with acne-prone skin need to be careful when selecting face powders or other makeup products.
Guidelines for Choosing a Face Powder for Acne-prone Skin
- Avoid pore-clogging ingredients: Before buying a face powder, check the ingredient list first. Steer clear of face powders that contain comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients. The table below shows a comprehensive list of common comedogenic ingredients.
- Avoid face powders with fragrances: Fragrances are the ingredient most likely to cause allergies. Even if you are not allergic to fragrances, they may irritate your skin and thus aggravate worse. The best approach is to select a fragrance-free face powder.
- Do not worry about looking for a face powder marketed specifically for acne: Some manufacturers produce face powders for acne-prone skin by adding salicylic acid, a common over-the-counter anti-acne active ingredient. Salicylic acid is somewhat beneficial for acne-prone skin, but the amount of salicylic acid that can reach the skin from a face powder is negligible. Do not worry about finding a face powder that has this ingredient.
- Do not worry about selecting a face powder with sunscreen: Some face powders contain sunscreen, but the amount of face powder that most people use is too small to adequately protect the skin from the sun’s rays. Therefore, do not worry about looking for a face powder that contains sunscreen.
List of Common Comedogenic Ingredients in Makeup
Many research studies have investigated how likely various ingredients are to cause clogged pores (comedones).2 We have thoroughly reviewed these studies and compiled two lists:
- Definitely avoid: These are ingredients that people with acne-prone skin should definitely avoid, because a solid body of evidence indicates that they are comedogenic.
- Consider avoiding: These are ingredients that people with acne-prone skin may want to consider avoiding, because some evidence indicates that they might be comedogenic.
Tips for Using Face Powder on Acne-prone Skin
Whenever you apply face powder or any other makeup to acne-prone skin, avoid irritating the skin, because physical irritation of the skin can make acne worse. It is also essential to practice good hygiene in order to prevent skin infections. Keep these tips in mind when you use face powder on acne-prone skin:
- Apply face powder gently: To avoid irritating the skin, apply face powder very gently. Use a powder puff to apply powder with gentle tapping motions, or select the softest makeup brushes.
- Remove face powder before bed: Since the skin is more vulnerable at night, it is important to remove face powder and any other makeup before you go to bed. Be gentle when you remove makeup so as not to irritate your skin.
- Do not share your makeup tools and clean them regularly: Do not share your sponges, brushes, or powder puffs with anyone, because sharing makeup tools increases your chances of contracting a skin infection. Select disposable tools or clean them regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
- Do not use expired face powder: A face powder that is past its expiration date may harbor bacteria or begin to degrade. Never use makeup that has expired.
Face Powder Ingredients: The Full Scoop
- Available from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face_powder. Accessed on 14/08/2017.
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