Skincare for acne prone skin can be hard enough to figure out, leaving make-up totally out of the equation. Though ideally you should allow your skin to heal undisturbed as much as possible, you still can wear makeup. Below are six makeup hacks for acne-prone skin to keep in mind that can help prevent further irritation.
Choose water-based makeup products
It’s always advisable to read the ingredient list while shopping for makeup and skincare products. The first ingredient on your makeup and skincare products should be water. Water-based products tend to be less irritating and gentler to your skin. As a rule of thumb, simply remember that healthy skin needs both water and oil (Yes! Even oily acne-prone skin needs to be well moisturized). Without enough oils, the skin becomes dry and without enough moisture, it becomes dehydrated.
Sanitize your makeup brushes.
Acne prone skin is very sensitive. Cleaning and sanitizing your makeup brushes is extremely important and serves as a rule of thumb for makeup hacks for acne-prone skin. Use a gentle sanitizer on your make up brushes whenever you clean them. Most times imply cleaning them may not get rid of all the bacterial build up. You may be doing everything else right, but dirty brushes can very easily cause a severe breakout. This also applies to everything that touches your face, including your phone. Wipe it down occasionally with anti-bacterial wipes to prevent it from contributing to a break out.
Oil free primer
If you do have acne prone skin, or just oily skin, you may want to steer clear of products that would add excess oil onto your face. This could easily clog your pores and lead to a breakout. Instead opt for a water-based mattifying primer. Primers also help to smoothen your skin giving you a clean slate/canvas for your makeup.
Acne fighting foundation
Some foundations are not only cover up foundations. There are some in the market can actually help to fight blemishes, and treat acne. If you have acne-prone skin, it is advisable to seek out foundations or BB creams with Salicylic acid as one of the ingredients. Salicylic acid works by dissolving white heads and black heads. Long term use of Salicylic acid is however not advised as its dissolving qualities can thin out your skin.
Use a color corrector
Sometimes foundation alone will not do the trick and you will need a little more help with coverage. This is where color correcting comes in. This is the technique of using colorful concealers to correct issues with your skin tone. Unlike regular concealers that simply mask imperfections, color correctors target issues such as dark spots, redness and dark under eye circles. Color correcting uses the basis of color theory – orange and peach correctors are best suited for dark skin as they cancel out any spots with deep discoloration.
Use Micellar water to take off your makeup
When it comes to taking off your makeup, you have the aim of being thorough yet gentle in mind. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to over cleansing which in turn leaves your skin feeling extremely dry. A no rinse makeup remover such as Micellar water is another of the makeup hacks for acne-prone skin. It is perfect for this task. It gently removes dirt and excess oil from your face while leaving it moisturized.