You may not know this, but the very makeup you’ve been wearing to help your skin look better could actually be making it worse. Acne caused or aggravated by makeup is also known as acne cosmetica.
When you go to the cosmetics counter to get your makeup, moisturizer, or any other product for your skin, be sure to check out the label. Don’t fall for the terms “hypoallergenic” or “non-comedogenic.” Many of the products that use this marketing ploy have ingredients that can clog pores or exacerbate skin conditions.
You may not see the effects of pore-clogging ingredients for many months—it has a cumulative effect and it may take up to six months to see the acne fallout from them. So, you have no way of knowing whether or not a certain makeup is a problem or not; you just have to make CERTAIN it does not contain comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients!
Here are just a few foundations from some of the most well-known cosmetic companies with ingredients proven to make acne worse:
- Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation
- MAC Studio Fix
- Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
- Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
- Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup
Note that although some of these products claim to be “acne solutions,” “natural,” for “healthy skin,” and say they’re “oil free,” this doesn’t mean that they are a safe choice for acne-prone skin.
To determine whether that foundation you’ve had your eye on won’t break you out, check the ingredients against our Pore-Clogging Ingredients List. If you are local, we custom-blend a mineral makeup called Minerologie that covers up the redness of acne while you are getting clear. Other safe mineral makeup brands are the Original Bare Minerals formula (not the matte!), and Priia Mineral Makeup. There are others, but too many to list here.
End the vicious cycle of your makeup breakouts. Take charge of getting clear so you can stop covering up and let your skin shine!