The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines cosmetics as products "intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions."
What care should people with acne take while wearing makeup?
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. It affects up to 50 million Americans every year.
People with acne-prone skin are more likely to get breakouts when they apply cosmetics that are not suitable for their skin type. So, they face a lot of trouble deciding whether to wear makeup and which kind of cosmetics (especially makeup products) to use. Well, once you know which cosmetics you can use and what skincare practice you should follow, you can wear makeup. Here are a few tips:
Choose your cosmetics wisely:
Look for products that say “non-comedogenic,” “oil-free,” or “won’t clog pores.” Products with this label are less likely to cause acne breakouts.
Consider makeup products that contain salicylic acid. This ingredient can help prevent and reduce acne. If you are on any medication for acne, ask your doctor if you can use such products (salicylic acid can dry out your skin more if you are on any acne medications that cause skin dryness).
Avoid heavy liquid makeup products because these are more likely to make your skin oily, catch dirt, and clog your pores. Identify the ones that result in breakout and stop using them. Keep trying cosmetics until you find the best one for your skin.
Cleanse your skin:
Before applying any kind of cosmetic product, make sure your skin is clean. Always wash your hands before cleaning your skin. Use a mild cleanser to clean your skin. You may also use a skin serum before putting on makeup.
During the daytime, always apply a sunscreen-based moisturizer that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 before applying the makeup. Sun exposure can cause the skin to become irritated. The irritated skin, in turn, can invite more acne. Use gel-based sunscreens or mist form of sunscreen.
Use makeup applicators:
Use makeup applicators to apply makeup products, such as foundation, compact powders, rouge, to your face. Do not use your fingers as fingers can transfer oil to your face. Wash the applicators after use.
Don’t share makeup products:
Do not use other’s makeup products and do not give your makeup products to others, not even a makeup applicator. The bacteria, oil, and dirt transferred from their skin to the makeup product can transfer to your skin and give rise to acne breakouts.
Remove your makeup before going to bed:
No matter how tired you are, make sure to remove your makeup with an oil-free makeup remover at night followed by cleansing the skin.
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American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Makeup Tips for Acne-Prone Skin. https://www.aad.org/news/makeup-tips-acne-prone-skin
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