Personal Habits, Cosmetics and Acne

Personal Habits, Cosmetics and Acne. There are many factors that determine whether you will experience a breakout. Some of these, like genetics or hormones, personal habits and the products you use.
Personal Habits, Cosmetics and Acne
Choosing the right cosmetics is especially important for your acne-prone skin. Greasy cosmetics can even alter the cells of the follicles, stick together leading to trapped bacteria in the pores.

It’s not just makeup; hair care products, sunscreen and even moisturizers can contribute to the formation of acne if they clog your pores.

Follow these tips for good habits and products that can help break the acne cycle.

Makeup for Your Acne-Prone Skin

Some makeup can potentially aggravate acne. But that doesn’t mean you have to go cold turkey on the foundation or blush. Makeup is great for covering acne and accentuating features to make you look your best.

The wrong makeup can make acne worse. Always check your product’s ingredient list and avoid those with pore-clogging properties. When it comes to applying makeup, remember these two rules:

Start clean. Always cleanse your face before applying makeup. And regularly clean your makeup brushes, sponges and applicators to avoid spreading bacteria into your pores.

Be stingy. Never share your makeup tools with other people. Because, sharing tools is sharing bacteria.

Look for Non-Comedogenic on the Label

Cosmetics that are labeled “noncomedogenic” and “nonacneogenic” are safer for acne-prone skin. Because they are specifically formulated to not clog pores. Always test a product on a small area of your skin to see if it causes a negative or allergic reaction before using it.

Covering Acne with Makeup

It’s fine to use makeup as a way to cover acne. Use as few makeup products as possible. Ideally, the fewer ingredients in the product, the better.

Makeup should be the last thing you put on your face. Our approach to a morning product application is (in order): cleansing, medication, moisturizer, sunscreen and then makeup.

Avoid wearing makeup or a cosmetic spot concealer while exercising. Even a noncomedogenic product may clog pores when it’s combined with heat, friction and sweat.

Hair Products and Sunscreen

Some hair products (mousse, gel, pomade) can cause breakouts on the scalp and near the hairline if they contain ingredients that irritate your skin.

Others may clog your pores by trapping bacteria and dead skin cells inside them. Some ingredients like cocoa butter can be pore-clogging despite their moisturizing benefits.

Contrary to popular belief, sun exposure will not clear your acne.

Excessive sun exposure can actually dry out your skin and induce acne. As with anything that you put on your skin, choose a sunscreen that is noncomedogenic.

Don’t Sleep On It

While you sleep, your skin cells are in repair and rebuild mode, so it’s essential that you remove your day’s makeup before going to bed. This will allow your skin to breathe while it renews itself. Plus, a great night’s sleep will reduce stress, a potential hormonal trigger for acne!

Practicing the right skincare habits, a regular routine of cleansing and hydrating your skin and sticking to noncomedogenic products can help keep acne at bay.

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