Although acne is common among teenagers, it can be quite annoying and somewhat embarrassing if you still have breakouts as an adult. While you may first consider purchasing an over-the-counter acne medication or scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist, you may find it shocking that your pimple on the chin may be associated with the makeups you are using. After engaging in various discussions with dermatologists and makeup artists, we came up with some of the prevalent makeup mistakes women commit that bring about acne on their face.
Mistake #1: You are applying makeup with your fingers.
Craig Austin, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology and dermatopathology at Mount Sinai Medical School, explains that “Your fingers carry many germs and can irritate the skin if you're applying makeup with your hands.” Austin suggests “using a makeup brush or sponge to apply makeup.”
Mistake #2: You don't clean or wash your makeup brushes and tools.
Cristina Bartolucci, celebrity makeup artist and founder of natural cosmetics line PEEK Beauty, suggests the best way to clean makeup brushes. She said, “Treat the hair on your makeup brushes like the hair on your head. Wash and condition them once a week. This will keep the bacteria load down and there is nothing like the feeling of a clean soft brush on your face.” Bartolucci also suggests “washing the makeup sponges with soap and hot water and squeezing them out until the water runs clear.”
Mistake #3: You are using the wrong foundation formula.
David Lortscher, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and CEO and founder of Curology, says: “Technically, most makeup doesn't cause acne, but certain ingredients can clog pores, which helps acne-causing bacteria grow.” Lortscher suggests “using foundations labeled non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, or mineral-based to reduce the risk of irritating skin or clogging pores.”
Mistake #4: You are covering your acne with too much foundation.
Craig Austin, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology and dermatopathology at Mount Sinai Medical School and the creator of Cane + Austin, says: “Many of my patients cover up their acne with thick foundation, and that actually delays the healing process and could potentially cause further irritation. When air can't get to the pimple, you're actually preventing it from healing.” Austin recommends “spot-treating acne before applying any foundation.”
Mistake #5: You are not removing your makeup before going to bed.
You must totally remove all your makeup if you want to wake up with smooth glowing skin. By taking off your makeup before going to bed, you do your skin the biggest favor. Going to sleep with makeup on can lead to acne, dry skin, and even wrinkles triggered by collagen collapse.
Mistake #6: You are applying makeup directly to your skin.
You may have applied your facial makeup the wrong way if your skin appears irritated, flakey, and dry. Some women do not use primers and foundations before using their makeup, which may lead to sensitive, dry skin. Before you start putting blush on, eye shadow and contouring powder make sure that your skin is protected from heavy makeup by applying a light moisturizer and/or primer–this will also help make it look more evenly distributed across your face.
Mistake #7: You are using primers and powders when looking to clear the acne breakouts.
Yale School of Medicine dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D. explains, “Acne is caused by hormones, oil production, and inflammatory bacteria. If you are already predisposed to breakouts, makeup can make it worse—particularly oil- or liquid-based foundations.”
Mistake #8: You are only using makeup wipes to clean your face.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, posits that makeup wipes “don’t actually clean the skin… all they really do is smear around the dirt, oil, dead skin and makeup that is already on your face and adds to it whatever chemicals are infused in the wipes themselves.”
Mistake #9: You are using expired makeup products.
Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center states “It is not the best idea to use makeup past its expiration date. The ingredients in a makeup could separate and increase the risk of germ growth because the preservatives are no longer effective. So if you want to keep your odds of contracting a skin irritation or infection down, don't use makeup after they've expired.”
Mistake #10: You are not washing your face at night.
A simple way to keep skin clear is to cleanse your face regularly. Wash your face twice a day, both morning and night.