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Can makeup cause acne? Here’s everything you need to know

Let's address the age-old question: does makeup cause acne? It's a concern that many of us face daily. We're here to set the record straight and provide you with practical skincare tips to keep your skin fresh, blemish-free. No riddles, just tips and solutions to steer clear of acne with makeup.

First let’s check ways in which makeup could plausibly lead to acne.

1. Your Makeup Leads To Clogging Of Pores

We've all been there, right? You're diligently following your skincare routine, only to find out you are suddenly getting acne breakouts. If you suspect that your makeup might be the main reason behind acne, then the first thing to check are your pores. These have a crucial role in releasing oil and sweat. However, when you cover them with makeup that's too heavy or occlusive, things can go awry.

To choose makeup that won't sabotage your pores, keep an eye out for the magic term 'non-comedogenic.' This label ensures that the product is designed to minimise the risk of pore blockage. But don't stop there – extend this principle to skincare as well. Consider lightweight cleansers and moisturisers as well into your routine to steer clear of makeup causing acne.

2. Your Skin Is Irritated

Using dirty brushes and sponges is a common makeup blunder that many of us are guilty of at some point. But it's not just a matter of cleanliness; dirty brushes can also contribute to skin issues, including acne breakouts. When you apply makeup with brushes or sponges that haven't been properly cleaned, you're essentially spreading old makeup, oils, and bacteria onto your skin. This can lead to clogged pores and skin irritation. To avoid this, make it a habit to regularly clean your makeup brushes and sponges. Not only will your skin thank you, but your makeup application will also be smoother and more effective.

3. You Sleep With Makeup On

One of the most significant skincare sins is heading to bed with makeup still clinging to your skin. While it might be tempting to skip the nighttime skincare routine after a long day, allowing makeup to sit on your skin overnight is a recipe for disaster. Makeup left on while you sleep can mix with the natural oils, dirt, and bacteria on your skin. This can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and skin irritation. It's crucial to make a habit of removing your makeup before bedtime and following a proper skincare routine.

4. You Use Makeup With Unclean Fingers

Applying makeup with dirty fingers can also have unwelcome consequences for your skin. Even if your hands seem clean, they naturally produce oils and can harbor hidden bacteria. When these oils and bacteria come into contact with your face during makeup application, they can mix with your cosmetics, leading to clogged pores and potential breakouts. It's best to use clean tools like sponges or brushes for makeup application. Not only will this result in a more hygienic process, but it will also help you achieve more polished makeup finish.

Skincare Tips To Address Acne Issues

Caring for acne prone skin can be no doubt challenging but honestly it all starts with skincare. Opt for a gentle face wash like our Kick-start Cleanser and let the trauma of acne breakouts rest. When using this face wash, make sure you are kind to your skin and don’t rub too hard.

Acne Squad kick start cleanser
Coming to moisturisers, many assume that a moisturiser is a big no-no for acne. However, the truth is a moisturiser is an integral part of your skincare regimen. No acne treatment is complete without using moisturisers. Ingredients like Niacinamide can help soothe irritated acne caused by makeup and trust us, a good cream will always come in handy to keep your skin from flaring up.
Acne Squad multi tasker moisturiser sunscreen

What about scrubs or masks, you ask? You don’t need to bother your skin with this every day. It is recommended that you scrub or use a mask once or twice a week to prevent pimples and acne. A gentle, scrub like our Exfoliating Scrub will come in handy and does a lot more than just bidding adieu to acne.

Acne Squad exfoliator

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q:1 How often should I clean my makeup brushes and sponges?

A. It's recommended to clean your brushes and sponges at least once a week to prevent the buildup of bacteria and ensure a hygienic makeup application.

Q:2 What should I do if I've already developed makeup-related acne?

A. If you're experiencing acne breakouts from makeup, take a break from wearing makeup, focus on your skincare routine. You can also opt for a complete regimen with Acne Squad.

Q:3 Can I skip sunscreen if my makeup contains SPF?

A. While SPF in makeup offers some protection, it's often not sufficient for adequate sun protection. It's recommended to use a separate broad-spectrum sunscreen before applying makeup.

Written by Needhi Dhoker on Nov 23, 2023
Fashion & beauty fanatic. Tea or coffee dilemmas. John Mayer vibes. Spilling words and swooning over skincare.

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