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  1. How to Choose a Good Lipstick, Lip Liner, or Lip Gloss

    With the enormous range of lip cosmetics available on the market, choosing a good lipstick, lip liner, or lip gloss for acne-prone skin can feel like a daunting experience. Lipstick: A soft solid that colors the lips, defines lip shape, and may provide some protection from the sun, wind, and/or dry weather Lip liner: A solid that defines the outer border of the lips and prevents migration of lipstick and lip gloss from the lips Lip gloss: A...
  2. How to Choose a Good Face Powder

    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...
  3. How to Choose a Good Primer

    Primer is a makeup product that many people use as a base before applying other makeup. In the same way that paint primers prepare surfaces for painting, makeup primers prepare the skin for the application of other makeup. Primers help makeup to adhere (stick) to the skin and allow makeup to stay on the skin longer. They do so by evening out the skin surface, smoothing out pores and fine lines.1,2 Primers can be moisturizing, mattifying,...
  4. How to Choose Good Camouflage Makeup

    Camouflage makeup is used to cover especially severe skin conditions like: Vitiligo Tattoos Skin imperfections such as scars, stretch marks, and burns1,2 Severe or very red acne The most popular camouflage makeup products are: Camouflaging foundations Camouflage concealers Camouflaging creams and powders2 People with acne may wish to use camouflage makeup to cover acne lesions, acne scars, and/or hyperpigmentation (darkened spots that sometimes remain after acne lesions have healed). However, since makeup itself can potentially trigger acne,3 applying camouflage makeup to acne-prone skin may...
  5. How to Choose a Good Bronzer

    Bronzer is a makeup product that defines facial contours, emphasizes bone structure, and gives the skin a tanned appearance. There are many types of bronzers on the market, including pressed powder, liquid, and water-based varieties.1-3 Bronzers are removable makeup products and should not be confused with self-tanning products, which react chemically with the skin to create the appearance of a tan than lasts several days.4 Since makeup can potentially contribute to acne,5 choosing a bronzer that...
  6. Can Makeup Brushes, Sponges, or Pads/Puffs Cause Acne?

    Brushes - Choosing & Using a Brush Sponges - Choosing & Using a Sponge Pads and Puffs - Choosing & Using a Pad or Puff Studies The Bottom Line It might seem to make common sense that reusing makeup tools that are not washed between uses would be bad for acne because of the residue left on the tool. However, any residue that might be left on makeup tools is unlikely to directly cause acne. Instead,...
  7. Is Working out with Makeup on Bad for Acne?

    Many people today wear makeup while exercising. Maybe you head to the gym straight after work or school and don't have time to remove your makeup, or perhaps you simply feel more comfortable and confident with your makeup on. But could exercising with makeup on be causing breakouts or making your acne worse? No studies to date have looked at how wearing makeup during exercise might affect acne or skin health in general. However, we do...
  8. Is Mineral Makeup Good for Acne?

    All makeup contains some minerals, which are necessary for makeup to have color. Pure mineral makeup is makeup that consists only of minerals. In other words, true mineral makeup does not contain any fragrances, water, oils, waxes, or preservatives. Just minerals.1,2 Since pure mineral makeup only contains dry solids, it usually comes in the form of loose or pressed powders.1,2 However, many manufacturers today use the term "mineral makeup" loosely to market a variety of products. For...
  9. Does Makeup Help with Self-esteem When You Have Acne?

    Research shows that having acne can seriously lower a person's self-esteem, in other words, her sense of his own worth and importance.1-3 A paper published in the International Journal of Women's Dermatology in 2017 analyzed 13 studies looking at self-confidence in acne patients. The researchers concluded that acne damages the self-image of people in all age groups, especially in women and people suffering from severe acne. The study authors wrote, "Our research included data from 13 studies...
  10. How Often Should an Acne-prone Person Wash Their Towel?

    A good rule of thumb is to wash your towel once a week in hot water. But don't stress about it too much. Used towels are unlikely to contribute to acne. Let's have a look at exactly why this is the case. Can Bacteria from Towels Make Acne Worse? Towels are often damp, and are stored in relatively warm bathroom environments, making for an ideal breeding ground for microbes, including bacteria. This causes some people to be...
  11. Are Makeup Ingredients Safe?

    Properties of Different Makeup Products Toxicity of Makeup Ingredients General Advice for Choosing Makeup Products to Be Used on Acne-prone Skin This article will touch on the various types of makeup products, how they are made, and what, if anything, there is to watch out for. Properties of Different Makeup Products Makeup primers Makeup primer is a cream, gel, or lotion that is applied on the face before other types of makeup. The main roles of a makeup primer...
  12. Is Acne-fighting Makeup Better for Acne-prone Skin than Regular Makeup?

    Many makeup products, like foundations, concealers, and BB and CC creams, now come in acne-fighting varieties. In most cases, the label "acne-fighting" just means that the makeup contains a small amount of salicylic acid, a common anti-acne ingredient in over-the-counter products. The concentration of salicylic acid in makeup is usually 0.5%, but can be up to 2% in some products. Do these acne-fighting cosmetics live up to the hype and really improve acne? The short answer...
  13. I had acne all though highschool, but it was always mild whiteheads/blackheads that didn't scar or cystic acne that faded after a week or so. When I started college, things got worse. When I turned 18 the flareups were often but manageable. To treat it, my dermatologist recommened finacea, then added a retenoid gel, then spirotolactone (sorry for any mispellings, I'm on my phone), and an array of antibiotics. The only option she says I had left, since these only lessened the acne on my for
  14. I am a 35-year old woman who has suffered with acne since the age of 17. I was a late-bloomer, an athlete, and an emotional basket-case. I was super skinny. I did well in school. Today, I am successful in my career as a counselor and behavior analyst. Anyone on the outside looking in might think my life is great. The only thing missing in most ppl's minds would be a husband/child/family. What most people don't know is how miserable I am. I have fought to get rid of my acne and discover the so
  15. Hello, I'm a 20 year old girl that's planning to transfer over to a university soon. Naturally, living with strangers is terrifying because of my mild to moderately bad skin. I really don't want anyone to see me without makeup on because of a traumatizing experience I had in a past related to it and someone I trusted. Suffice it to say that I have a huge complex regarding it. This has only festered because my skin has gotten exponentially worse over the past 7 years. Luckily, I actually do h
  16. Hello! Can any one recommend a foundation that has very good coverage for acne, and acne scars! For combination skin, thanks
  17. I've been using the regimen for almost 2 years (almost 3) and I usually only suffer from one or two white heads on occasion. Recently I've not been following the regimen as strictly as I should and I just had a major break out. I roughly counted the number of pimple/zits on my face and currently there are 25 zits on my face. I know the regimen only works when it's followed strictly, but do any of you think leaving make-up on when playing a sport could cause an issue? If so should I just use some
  18. Hello, I just want to know how I should remove my make up before applying the regimen? Thanks, Nina
  19. Saw this tip in a YouTube video by Omabelletv. Apply the regimen products as usual and when moisturizer is absorbed, spray some Fix plus (fix+) by MAC all over your face. Put liquid foundation on the back of your hand and stipple on foundation with a wet beauty blender (or beauty blender dupe like I have.) This technique does not disturb the dry flakes on your face or raise them up and make them more noticeable like applying makeup with a brush or your fingers can do. I have been on the regimen
  20. Hey guys!! I had an idea yesterday -- I just bought a Sirius Aurora Light Therapy System with blue light (and green and red). It's been working realllllly well to kill bacteria on my skin and heal deep blemishes extremely fast... So I had a thought... I know that every time you do make-up you put p. acnes and staph and all sorts of organisms back into your powder make-up... It always bothered me that there was nothing I could really do about it.. But yesterday I decided to "treat" my open make-u
  21. Hi you guys! I have been on the regimen for 7 weeks now and my skin has been looking and feeling great. Can't say enough about how good I feel being almost clear. I do need some advice though on make-up. I don't typically wear make-up since I feel that it sits so heavy on my face when it was riddled with acne. I usually only apply concealer to my red spots. Now that my skin is looking up, I really want to try if I can start using a bit of foundation to even out my skin tone. Nothing too heav
  22. hi fellow Org members, I had joined this site about a year ago hoping to learn and share acne information. Ive had acne since I was around 12, which has gone through better and worse stages over the years. I never really knew why some people get it and some dont. After reading a lot of posts on here, I was thoroughly confused...is it food allergies? Toxins, genetics, bad make-up? Hormones, the water I shower with, parasites, candida, ect ect. Ive tried a lot of over the counter products, inclu
  23. It is vitally important for people with oily skin to keep their skin clear otherwise it has a tendency to form acne lesions making the skin patchy, discolored and course. If oil is present the skin becomes tacky thus working like a magnet drawing dirt/grime towards the stickiness which then clogs the pores. Clogged pores increase development of oil secretion. Milk is an oil free cleanser which doesn't dry out the skin. Treat the face several times a day with a milk-wash to keep sebum/oil to a mi
  24. Hello everyone! I finally have clear beautiful skin!! (Knock on wood)! I want to share my story on here. If it can even help one person then it's worth it! This post will be quite long because I'm covering my background, products and tips. I'm 41 years old and have suffered off and on with acne/cystic acne since high school. I had a really bad outbreak about two years ago that I couldn't get rid of or get a break from. Diet has no part in my acne as I have been gluten free, dairy free, meat
  25. Well, I've been lurking around here for at least 6 months or longer and finally decided to join. For awhile I felt like signing up would cement the fact that I have acne, whereas just lurking meant I didn't. All perception, obviously. Reading people's stories and support on here has been so helpful, and I want to be part of that. I've suffered from mild acne since I was 17, so 6 years now (I'm 23). In college it bothered me, but it just seemed like a fact of life that would eventually go awa