One of the first questions acne sufferers ask is whether they can wear makeup at all. Dermatologists usually recommend to their patients that they refrain from using any makeup. Others tell them to only use hypoallergenic brands, like Almay or Clinique. In fact, you can use makeup if you are careful about the ingredients in the product and how you use them.
In order to help you choose what makeup to buy, here are a few tips on what will make your acne worse and what ingredients might even help your acne.
Avoid these types of products:
- Heavy, greasy lotions or creams. No petroleum jelly!
- Anything with lanolin derivatives. Look for words with lanolin in the name.
- Products with isopropyl myristate, a deceptive-sounding pore-clogger
- Shiny, glittery makeup. The glitter can get stuck in your pores.
- Makeup with strong fragrances
- Benzoyl peroxide. This kills bacteria and dries out blemishes.
- Salicylic acid. This ingredient exfoliates dead skin cells to help heal blemishes.
- Tea Tree oil. A natural ingredient, this kills some bacteria.
Learn to read labels on any makeup you buy so that you can avoid ingredients that clog your pores. I have listed out a number of acne makeup ingredients to avoid that were ranked by the Acne Research Institute on my Makeup for Acne website.
In addition, I regularly review popular and new makeup products that are supposed to be good for acne prone skin. You can read these on my Makeup for Acne website also to find some product recommendations.
Good luck and don't worry about concealing your acne. Go right ahead!