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Choose a Great Makeup That Doesn't Irritate Your Acne

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Choosing a makeup that doesn't irritate your acne could be tricky but little research and right knowledge is the key to select a certain type of makeup that go well with skin tone every time you go out.

"Having both sensitive and acne-prone skin can be a big challenge for most who are trying to find solutions," says Cecilia Wong, founder of NYC-based Cecilia Wong Skincare. "One reason is because most skin care ingredients used to treat acne contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These two ingredients can seriously inflame and irritate sensitive skin."

Great makeup includes that you choose a good primer, fine foundation, blemish concealer and setting powder matching your oily skin that always places you in trouble.

The Right Makeup for You:


Oil free primers should be your first choice if you are battling with acne issues. Primers have the tendency to reduce redness and keep your makeup in place all day long. It also helps fill in imperfections and its usage make it easier to hide blemishes. However, products that have high oil quantity, are not for the oily skin tones rather

these products work well on drier skin tones. Primers which contain SPF like MAC’s Prep+Prime are best for acne and scarring and hyperpigmentation facial prone skin.

Dr. Cheryl Karcher, a board certified dermatologist and the official dermatologist for NBC and the Miss Universe Organization, says, "The main goal for sensitive, acne-prone skin is to keep the skin barrier intact, Most people with acne think they should exfoliate or scrub a lot but you must not."


Selecting a good foundation for your acne prone skin is equally important. A mineral powder foundation is considered best for oily skin tones. Mineral powder foundation though provides less coverage but support the makeup to intact for longer periods. Oil-free foundations also contain salicylic acid that could cover blemishes covering the hyperpigmentation or scarring as well.

People are usually hyperfocused on one or two things going on with their face and choose products for those issues alone, instead of focusing on all their skin needs," says celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau. 


Finding the right concealer is equally important to battle acne. See the ingredients list when you buy concealers and see cautiously that whatever concealer you are choosing, it should have high SPF level.     Basically SPF hides hyperpigmentation completely and provides a beautiful soothing look even with a light makeup.

Avoid the Following...

  • Excessively rough scrubs (such as those that comprise of aluminum oxide crystals, walnut shells, or pumice)
  • Astringents having annoying constituents (liquor and menthol being the major delinquents)
  • Cleansers having exasperating materials (alcohol and menthol being the prime offenders)
  • Scrub mitts (think Buf-Puf)
  • Cold or hot water
  • Steaming or icing the skin
  • Facemask having irritating ingredients
  • Loofahs
  • Bar soaps and bar cleansers

Other Common Irritating Ingredients to Avoid:

  • SD Alcohol (also known as denatured alcohol)
  • Ammonia
  • Arnica
  • Balm mint
  • Balsam
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Bergamot
  • Camphor
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus juices and oils

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