Makeup can be a god-send when we haven't been sleeping well, when our hormones are all over the place and our stressful lives make us break-out.
But were you aware that the makeup you wear can also be the cause of trouble in the skin. Here are my top 5 tips on makeup that won't cause acne.
Tip 1: Buy non-comedogenic make-up.
Choose products that are labelled 'non-comedogenic'. This means that these products have been created to prevent clogging of the pores, which means you're less likely to get spots. There are loads of brands available which means you can conceal and cover with the knowledge that you aren't making your spot problems worse. My favourite breathable foundation is Perfecting Liquid Foundation by Arbonne
Tip 2: Avoid using powders
I see many acne sufferers in clinic, and many of them choose powders due to their coverage. However, finely milled powders will clog your pores. So I always suggest that they skip powders and, opt for a liquid foundation with primer instead and if looking to get rid of the T-zone shine then choose blotting powders.
Tip 3: Remove makeup before sleeping
Falling asleep in makeup or sunscreen can aggravate blemish-prone skin. Also, try to avoid fake tan overnight as this can clog and over-emphasise your pores. Be sure to wash it off before bed.
Tip 4: Try a medicated concealer
To conceal an active spot, use a medicated concealer, such as the Murad Blemish Treatment Concealer, which contains 2 per cent Salicylic Acid, an anti-inflammatory ingredient designed to take away redness from spots.
Tip 5: Avoid long-wear foundation
Long-wear foundations are designed not to stay put, which can be great. However it also means you have to scrub hard or double cleanse to take them off. This irritates problem-prone skin, leading it to break out.