Adult acne can put a real damper on your life. Skin problems bother almost everyone while growing up, but some unfortunately never outgrow it. Adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores, which acts as a magnet for bacteria and can become inflamed. For women, this can happen during pregnancy and menopause. Some medications and cosmetics can also contribute to the development of acne. This often makes women wonder what make up is good for acne.
Using makeup for acne is an obvious way to cover up unsightly skin, and common sense and careful sleuthing will ensure that your beautification efforts enhance your natural skin tone and facial features.
• An old myth says that cosmetics can make acne worse but that is irrelevant in the modern times when we have nonacnegenic makeup.
• People say that using foundation worsens acne, but this too is false. In fact, a lighter foundation that is oil free is better suited to acne sufferers than a heavy one; foundation can protect skin from the harsh elements your face is exposed to everyday.
• People believe scrubs should be religiously used over acne prone skin. However, experts say masks and scrubs do little, if anything, to improve acne. A gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type (oily, dry, or combination) will do a lot more to keep your face pimple-free than any face mask.
• Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen doesn’t cause acne. And while red, sunburned skin might temporarily hide your pimples, it can also give you premature lines and wrinkles, and increase your risk for skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against both UVA and UVB light. A water-based or light liquid-based gel or spray-on sunscreen is best for people who get acne breakouts.
• Somehow the idea that moisturizers are a no-no for pimple-prone skin started circulating and now a lot of people with acne avoid them like the plague. However, a good moisturizer will keep the water in your skin and help avoid unattractive drying and peeling.
A tinted moisturizer can be a great starter for acne cover-up makeup. Use a liquid concealer specifically targeting the affected areas, and then use powder on a concealer brush to smooth out blemishes. Setting your concealer with loose powder is also a good way to reduce smearing.
Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer labelled “non-comedogenic” — which is that it won’t clog your pores. Go for ingredients like glycerine and hyaluronic acid, which hold moisture in the skin. Avoid heavy, greasy products that contain cocoa butter, mineral oil, or cold cream.
All of your makeup, from blush to eye shadow, should also be non-greasy, non-comedogenic non-irritating, and oil-free. Ingredients should include water. Mineral-based cosmetics contain ingredients which both absorb oil and hide redness without irritating skin and causing pimples. Pick a makeup color that compliments your skin tone.
Also be aware that it best to not use lip gloss, as it can prove an irritant to acne. Additionally, you want to be sure that anything you put on your face, including soap, is gentle and nurturing for skin made sensitive by acne.
Finally, remember that whatever makeup you use to conceal acne should be easy to remove, and skin friendly. Everyone can find good makeup to use with acne, and taking the time to be sensible about what makeup you use will make sure you get blemish free and healthy skin.