There are a few things more annoying than waking up to a red, angry pimple (or pimples!) on skin that was perfect just a few hours ago. What’s worse is discovering a zit right after you used a new product—particularly a makeup item that you’ve been coveting for quite a while now.
But before you swear off the cosmetics for good, it’s important to note that makeup-related breakouts aren’t always caused by your makeup per se. There can be several reasons why skin reacts after you’ve had a full face of products on, and here are some of the common culprits:
Culprit #1: Heavy skin care and makeup formulas
Heavy face products, such as rich moisturizers and liquid or cream foundations, are common culprits for acne breakouts because they can block the pores and cause build-up. But that’s not to say it’s true for everyone: Some people can pile on the heaviest products and never get zits, while for others, a thin layer is enough to trigger a pimple attack.
To keep post-makeup flare-ups at bay, you can try prepping skin with a salicylic-based cleanser or an antioxidant-rich toner. It’s also best to stick with lightweight formulas—especially when it comes to your base—as these are less likely to obstruct pores throughout the day.
Deoproce Premium Green Tea Total Solution Toner, P890
Prep skin with this gentle toner that helps combat inflammation.
Culprit #2: Unsanitized tools and applicators
Your sponges and brushes are breeding ground for pimple-causing dirt and bacteria, which can easily transfer to skin during your makeup application process. If you don’t have the time to wash your tools after every use, make sure to give them a good cleanse at least once a week with soap and warm water. Don’t forget to air-dry, too, and store in a cool, dry place.
If you use your sponges heavily, make it a habit to replace them every couple of months to avoid bacteria build-up. Check out these cute, handy options:
BYS Beauty Sponge Kit, P999
Get a streak-free, flawless finish every time with these easy-to-wash blenders.
Culprit #3: Your skin type
Is your skin generally prone to dryness, redness, and inflammation all year round? If the answer is yes, chances are you’ve got sensitive skin, which makes you extra susceptible to flare-ups—especially when using topical products including makeup.
The good news: You don’t necessarily have to skip the makeup if you want to keep your skin blemish-free. You can easily switch to hypoallergenic makeup, such as the ones from Bell Hypoallergenic, a brand specifically created for those with sensitive skin and eyes.
Bell Hypoallergenic Fixing Mat Powder, P999
This mattifying setting powder is derma-approved, so it won’t clog pores or cause irritation.
Bell Hypoallergenic Skin Camouflage Concealer, P799
Cover up any visible imperfections with this ultra gentle concealer that’s formulated for sensitive skin.
The bottom line: There’s really no reason to forego makeup—even if you have sensitive skin—so long as you’re mindful of the formulas and products you use, and exercise extra care in finding products that complement your complexion. Also super important? Never forgetting to take off all your makeup at the end of the day to let your skin rest and breathe.
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