Friday, January 22, 2010

Makeup Tips for Acne Skin

I’ve read these few useful tips on which I think worth highlighting here and reminding myself.

If your skin tends to break out easily, it doesn't mean that you have to swear off all makeup. But you do have to be more careful about what you apply on your face. With the right products, you can treat your acne while concealing spots at the same time. 5 tips to do it right:

1. Look for "non-acnegenic" makeup

When buying cosmetic products, stick to those labelled "non-comedogenic" (meaning the product doesn't clog pores) or "non-acnegenic" (meaning it doesn't cause acne). Rich, oil-based cosmetics can clog pores and aggravate your acne.

2. Keep oil at bay with mattifying products

Applying a layer of mattifying moisturizer or base before your makeup will help keep your face from re-greasing too quickly while ensuring your skin stays hydrated and supple.

Follow with an oil-free foundation and dab a little concealer to areas that require more coverage. Resist the tendency to cover up the spots with way too much makeup -- it'll end up looking unnatural and mask-like. Just dust on loose powder and blend evenly for a matte finish.

3. Use a sunscreen

The sun's harsh UV rays can darken any existing acne scars and slow down their healing process, so always wear a suncreen during the day, or choose a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Look for one that is suitable for oily or acne-prone skin and offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

4. Choose medicated makeup products

Try powders and concealers are specially formulated for acne-prone skin, and contain medicated ingredients like tea tree oil or sulphur to target pimples as well as soothe and fight blemishes. They're multi-tasking little workers that conceal and heal at the same time!

If your skin is also sensitive, look for fragrance-free, preservative-free makeup that minimizes the chances of break-outs.

5. Cleanse thoroughly every night

At the end of the day, remove your makeup thoroughly with a gentle yet efficient makeup remover, followed by a mild, medicated facial cleanser. Proper cleansing is essential to prevent makeup residue and grease from clogging up the pores.


My take? Wear minimal makeup if possible and keep your face clean. (double-cleansing if possible). But it's always nice to doll yourself up once a while to feel good and look great! :)

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