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  1. Why It's Important to Remove Makeup at the End of the Day

    Healthy skin is our first line of defense against many harmful substances that our bodies come in contact with, such as pollutants and bacteria. This is why the outer layer of our skin is known as the skin barrier. The skin barrier is like our outer "armor," protecting our bodies from physical damage, from chemicals in our environment, and from bacteria and viruses.1 According to an article published in 2016 in the journal Life Sciences, "[The]...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Can Makeup Cause Acne?

    How to Avoid Makeup-induced Acne What Are the Best Makeup Choices? Tips for Using and Applying Various Types of Makeup Instructions for Removing Makeup Ingredients to Avoid It's a real concern: Cosmetic-induced acne is so widespread that it has its own name, acne cosmetica. Recent proof that makeup can cause acne comes from a recent Brazilian study in which 45% of women had dermatoses (skin disease) associated with the cosmetics they were using and 14%...
  5. 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,...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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,...
  13. 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...
  14. How to Choose a Good Blush

    Today's market offers a wide variety of blushes. Blush, also known as blusher or rouge, is a makeup product that emphasizes the cheekbones, accentuates the contours of the face, and can come in a wide variety of forms, from pressed powder to a liquid.1,2 Since some cosmetic products can potentially contribute to acne,3 choosing the right blush for acne-prone skin can seem overwhelming. However, you can find a product that is safe for your skin by...
  15. 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...
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