There are many different types of acne and a number of factors that cause it. The condition in which makeup is often blamed, is called acne cosmetica, a mild form of acne that present as small bumps on the skin.
As the name implies, acne cosmetica is a form of acne triggered by the use of cosmetic products. However, this form of acne is not limited to the use of makeup alone. Products such as hair gel, hair spray, conditioner, shampoo, perfume and after shave can trigger acne cosmetica, and it can affect both males and females.
The condition commonly appears on the cheeks and forehead where these products are usually applied and can take several weeks to appear. Usually the bumps are not inflamed or red like other forms of acne.
So does makeup cause acne? Many believe that it is caused by pore-clogging (comedogenic) ingredients in cosmetic products and that the easiest way to avoid acne cosmetica is to use non-comedogenic skincare products. That is one way to help prevent acne cosmetica, however, there are other, more important factors to consider if your goal is to avoid, prevent, or reverse, acne cosmetica.
Ways to Avoid Acne Cosmetica
Always remove all dirt, debris and oil residue so as to eliminate any chance of it accumulating and clogging the pores that can trigger a flare-up.
Choose a cleanser that is suitable to your type of skin. If you have oily skin, select a cleanser that is formulated to control oil but does not dry your skin. However, a mild-antibacterial cleanser, used twice a day, is ideal for all skin types.
Never sleep with makeup on your face – failing to remove all traces of makeup before going to sleep, practically ensures that you will develop clogged pores.
Clean makeup brushes often. Dirty makeup brushes are loaded with bacteria and unless they are cleaned frequently they will exacerbate breakouts.
Avoid using thick makeup to cover blemishes and imperfections – these only lead to even more breakouts. Rather, select a quality oil-free foundation or a mineral makeup product. Select products that are made with organic ingredients – these are safe and less likely to cause blocked pores or breakouts.
Use a medicated cover-up under makeup or alone to help speed the healing process while covering blemishes.
Hair products can find their way onto the skin throughout the day. If you are breaking out around the forehead or hairline, it could be your styling products causing the breakouts and irritation.
Keep in mind that the secret to looking beautiful does not depend on perfectly applied makeup. Sure, makeup can hide physical flaws but real beauty, and healthy skin, comes from within. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables loaded with antioxidants, fiber and essential vitamins. Consuming these raw delivers live enzymes that are important for proper digestion and aid in the absorption of important nutrients. For more on eating healthy for blemish-free skin – read Acne Diet
Drink 8-12 glasses of water everyday to flush the toxins from your system.