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Putting makeup over acne is a bit of a catch-22. You want to cover up those blemishes, but the swipe of a makeup brush may mean an upcoming brush with a breakout. Makeup can contribute to breakouts, especially if you don’t wash it off daily, but limiting your makeup checklist to just powder foundation may be exactly the happy medium you’ve been searching for.
If you’ve got acne, powder foundation is one of the best types to wear. Not only does it soak up oil to keep your face looking smooth and dry, but it’s also less likely than heavy liquid makeup to clog your pores. If your skin’s exceptionally oily, opt for foundation containing salicylic acid, one of the leading ingredients in acne medication. Using a medicated powder foundation won’t just cover up existing blemishes, it’ll stomp out new acne before it even crops up.
Makeup to Avoid
Knowing what not to slather onto your skin may also help you avoid breakouts. Keep away from strong, heavy foundations containing oil or alcohol. If it doesn’t say “non-comedogenic,” “non-acnegenic” or “oil-free,” it’s probably not the best option for you. Steer clear of makeup containing moisturizers or those targeted toward ladies with mature skin — these may only convert your lovely face into a greasy mess.
Cause and Effect
Here’s one good reason not to stress too much about your makeup contributing to acne: The cause of your acne may have nothing to do with what you put on your face. If you’re a teenager or you’re pregnant, your acne is most likely an effect of raging hormones. High stress levels and a poor skincare routine can also cause your face to flare up. Before you swear off everything but your foundation, practice a daily skincare routine and eliminate sources of stress in your life. Your acne may fade enough that you don’t even need foundation anymore.
A Regimen That Works
No brand of powder foundation — even the kind with medication in it — can replace a solid skincare routine. Even if you do find a powder that rocks your world, wash your face twice daily with a gentle facial cleanser. Leaving makeup on overnight is a massive no-no for all skin types, but especially for those battling acne. Dab a topical acne treatment on your face at night to target trouble spots while you sleep; those containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are best. And if your acne is ultra stubborn, a dermatologist can prescribe super-strong meds to blast away those blemishes.