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Can You Use Make-Up To Cover Up Acne?

February 20, 2018 by Mitesh Soma
Can You Use Make-Up To Cover Up Acne?

Make up use can be a worry to many people who have acne as its unclear if the use of make-up will make acne worse. Sure, make up can clog pores, however, careful selection of the ‘right’ makeup and how it’s used can make makeup an acne sufferer’s best friend.

Non-comedogenic (meaning doesn’t clog pores) and non-irritating makeup specially created for acne-prone skin is considered safe to use. It’s a good idea to use oil free make up such as those that are mineral based as these will absorb excess oil and conceal redness without irritating skin.

A lightweight oil-free primer can help your make up last throughout the day and will help conceal spots more so than a concealer. It is also less likely to cause skin irritation.

If you are used to using a liquid foundation, consider choosing one that is powder based as once again, it is less likely to clog pores, will absorb excess oil and the non-shiny finish helps to better hide blemishes. Try to avoid foundations advertised as ‘lasts all day’ as this will more than likely clog pores, exacerbating your acne.

Make sure your concealer matches your skin tone. If it’s too light or too dark it will simply highlight your skin troubles. Visit a make-up counter for help in finding the perfect shade for you. Although this is more effort and may be out of your comfort zone, it is the best way to find exactly the right product for you (and you only have to do it once).

Before you apply any make-up, make sure your face is clean and moisturised with a fragrance-free, lightweight moisturiser. Apply make-up with clean brushes as unclean brushes harbour bacteria which could make your acne worse.

Once your skin has absorbed the moisturiser, apply your primer either all over your face or just in your trouble areas (whichever you prefer for your look). Once primer is set, go ahead and apply your concealer. Gently pat it on troubled areas, do not rub as this will cause streaks. Once concealer is set, apply foundation. Apply a light layer to begin with and if you feel it was not enough, continue adding light layers until you are happy with the result.

If you were ever in doubt, yes make up ‘can’ be used to help cover up acne and can look amazing when done correctly. Practice is key. And with the right products, make-up can help you to feel more confident in your skin and your appearance. It can literally be an instant confidence-booster! Remember non-comedogenic make-up is ideal for the best results, so steer clear of liquids and those advertised as ‘stay on all-dayers’ opting for lightweight, mineral-based products, used minimally for the perfected, polished look you desire.

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