There are times when using a great foundation that evens out your skin tone and makes blemishes and imperfections vanish in seconds just makes you feel and look like a more polished version of yourself. But if the tradeoff is being forced to deal with pimples and blackheads that may result from full-coverage makeup, you have to wonder if it’s worth the trouble.
The good news for foundation devotees is that, while certain ingredients in makeup may aggravate skin and contribute to acne, there are a slew of other reasons why you may be breaking out — and many of them can be controlled.
“Many factors play a role in clogged pores: bacteria, pollution, skin type, dead skin cells, work environment, hygiene habits, and many other things can contribute to the cause,” says Connie Elder, the founder and brand developer of PEAK 10 SKIN professional spa brand of skin, body and sunscreen products. “Certainly makeup has the potential to clog pores. If you happen to be someone who sleeps in your makeup the potential is much greater. Ingredients contained in various makeup, paired with other circumstances and skin types can result in clogged pores.”
Elder recommends avoiding ingredients that are usually known for clogging pores such as lanolin, isopropyl myristate, and many fragrances. “These ingredients can also aggravate existing acne and slow down the process the skin clearing up,” Elder says.
As long as you are vigilantly removing your foundation every night and taking good care of your skin, Elder says there is no reason why you have to stop wearing foundation or makeup.
“It simply means be smart about your choices of makeup, be diligent in cleansing your face before bed and allow your face to be free of makeup when possible (weekends, evening while watching TV, etc),” Elder says. “Consider mineral makeup, which provides the coverage you are seeking without all the unnecessary ingredients that can cause undesirable results. Whether it be makeup or skincare, search for products with the shortest ingredients list. These products are less likely to have lots of fillers, which are usually the undesirable ingredients and most likely to react with your skin.”
For more skincare and makeup tips, check out 7 Skincare mistakes that are aging you and The one thing you should never do when applying foundation.
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