10 facts about acne and cosmetics

Right, so if you've got acne, does this mean you should not ever wear any makeup at all? Read the following and then take a look at what you should throw out and what you should buy:

  • Certain cosmetics and hairstyling products do have the ability to induce acne – this is called acnegenicity. These can cause both blackheads and whiteheads (comedones), as well as pustules and papules.
  • Pustules appear a day or two after the offending cosmetic has been used – comedones appear later.
  • Those with acne often have to change the cosmetics they are using, especially if there is a sudden visible deterioration in the skin. It is also possible that something that you have used for months without any problems, can suddenly start to irritate your skin.
  • If you have ever had acne, all cosmetics you use, including foundation, blush, moisturizers and eye shadow should be oil free.
  • Check with your dermatologist before starting to use any new cosmetic. They may be able to tell you in advance about the acnegenicity of the particular brand of cosmetic, especially if the cosmetic itself does not indicate whether it is noncomedogenic (doesn't cause acne)
  • All cosmetics should be used very sparingly by anyone who has or has had acne. So no slapping it on thickly! Your skin needs to be able to breathe.
  • When removing cosmetics, gentle cleansers, or plain soap and water, should be used – no harsh scrubbing.
  • Even if a particular cosmetic has been recommended for use, stop using it if your acne suddenly becomes worse. Everybody's skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another.
  • Some cosmetics can make you skin excessively dry, flaky or itchy – avoid those. All skin irritants can make your acne worse.
  • If you go to sleep without removing your makeup, your acne will become worse, as your skin is unable to breathe through cosmetics.

Read more:
What teens would pay to be acne-free
Caring for oily skin
My bumpy ride through acne hell 


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