Are you noticing frequent breakouts, red itchy skin or small bumps around your chin and cheeks? It may be your makeup that’s to blame. Many who experience acne have never considered it to be caused by the very makeup that’s being used to help hide these blemishes. But cosmetic induced acne is both widespread and long-lasting. And often those that have cosmetic acne end up in a vicious cycle of breakouts that lead to only lead to more. If you believe it’s your makeup that’s causing your skin issues, here are 7 makeup tips to help reduce breakouts.

Use Makeup Sparingly

To help reduce breakouts, use your makeup as sparingly as possible. Avoid applying heavy coats of your makeup to your face – especially oil-based cosmetics. Better yet, embrace going bare, and your skin will thank you for it.

Choose Non-Comedogenic

When choosing products, pick a non-comedogenic product that is designed avoid clogging pores. Using a non-comedogenic skin care product can help reduce the frequency of breakouts if you are prone to acne or clogged pores. So, when choosing a cosmetic product check the ingredients list and look for water-based, non-comedogenic on the labels that will help reduce your chances of acne.

Opt For Water And Mineral Based Products

You can cut down on skin irritation and blocked pores by applying a thin coat of water-based and mineral brands. Greasy products will only add more unwanted oil to the surface of your face.

Use A Featherlight Touch

Apply makeup with a clean finger and with a featherlight touch to avoid irritation and spots. If you apply your makeup roughly, you will only aggravate your skin and acne. As a rule of thumb, gently tap on primer, gently brush on powder and mineral foundation, and apply pressed powder with a dry powder puff.

Skip Fragrance Brands

If you see the words “fragrance” or “perfume” in the ingredient list, put it back on the shelf. These terms can indicate thousands of chemicals and many that irritate your skin and cause other damaging health effects. Choose makeup with fewer chemicals and avoid synthetic fragrance at all costs.

Avoid Multiple Moisturizers

Avoid applying multiple moisturizers on top of one another. Choose one moisturizer that is specifically designed for your skin type and stick with it. 

Try Not To Get Hair Products On Your Skin

If your hair products get on your face, they can agitate your skin and add oil to it. Avoid using hair brands that contain gels, oils, and fragrances. And remember to wash your hair frequently so that you don’t add any more oil to your face from your hair.

The number one mistake people make with makeup is not buying the right type for their skin. Talk to one of our experts at The Ottawa Skin Clinic, who can help you make better makeup choices to optimize the health and appearance of your skin.