10 Makeup Tips For Acne-Prone Skin

August 22, 2022

10 Makeup Tips For Acne-Prone Skin


“Is it okay to wear makeup if I have acne?”

The answer is yes! Makeup does not cause acne directly so having blemish-prone skin does not mean you have to stop applying makeup entirely. However, choosing the wrong makeup products or adopting poor beauty habits can contribute to undesirable breakouts. In this article, we round up 10 makeup tips that you can follow if you have acne-prone skin!


1. Select Non-Comedogenic Makeup

“Technically, most makeup doesn’t cause acne, but certain ingredients can clog pores, which helps acne-causing bacteria grow,” says dermatologist David Lortscher.

“Non-comedogenic” is a beauty term describing products that do not clog pores. When shopping for makeup, look out for products labelled as non-comedogenic as they have a much lower likelihood of congesting your pores which is a main culprit for triggering a nasty breakout. In addition, steer clear of makeup products that contain drying alcohols which can strip your skin of its natural moisture and cause it to overcompensate by producing more sebum. Excess oil on your skin can clog your pores and aggravate inflamed skin.


2. Start With Cleansed Hydrated Skin

A cleansed well-hydrated skin is the key to blemish-free complexion. The last thing you want when wearing makeup is to pile on layers of makeup on uncleansed skin. Makeup pigments can mix with unwashed dirt, oil and bacteria leading to clogged pores. Use a gentle cleanser, such as our LumiPure Anti-Blemish Cleanser to rinse off excess sebum, bacteria and other impurities without stripping our skin. Treat any active pimples with the LumiClear Potent Acne Spot Complex and let it dry down before applying makeup.


3. Control Shine With Mattifying Face Primer Or Foundation

People with oily skin may find it hard to keep excess shine at bay. Make your cosmetic product work for you by choosing a mattifying face primer or foundation with oil-control properties. Mattifying makeup products tend to absorb excess oil which reduces the appearance of greasiness even on a hot day.


4. Maintain Good Beauty Hygiene 

Bacteria is a sneaky culprit that can cause inflammatory forms of acne. Always wash your hands before applying makeup and wherever possible, use makeup applicators instead of your fingers to avoid transferring dirt and bacteria onto your face. Clean your makeup brushes and sponges regularly, at least every 7 – 10 days, to prevent bacteria from growing on them. Do not share your makeup products or applicators with someone else.


5. Work Smart With A Colour Corrector 

Less is more when applying makeup on acne prone skin. Work smart, not hard, by using a colour corrector to neutralise redness. Instead of piling on thick layers of foundation or concealer, let your skin breathe by first using a thin layer of green colour corrector before putting on foundation. A little bit of green colour corrector goes a long way to reduce redness.


6. Refresh Your Skin Using An Anti-Bacterial Facial Mist

Your skin is constantly exposed to pollution, dirt and environmental stressors throughout the day. Keep it clean by spritzing our LumiShield Anti-Bacterial Facial Mist to kill bacteria whenever you feel like your skin has been compromised. This portable ‘face sanitiser’ is a fuss-free way of keeping your complexion clean and fresh as it may not always be convenient to cleanse your skin in the middle of the day.


7. Combat Shine With Blotting Sheet Or Loose Powder 

Keep blotting sheets or loose powder on standby. Remove excess oil by gently dabbing a blotting sheet on affected areas or dusting on a thin veil of translucent loose powder to soak up sebum for an instantly refreshed look. 


8. Note Where You Are Breaking Out

If you find yourself constantly breaking out at a specific spot, your makeup product may be to blame. Change your blush if you keep experiencing pimples on your cheeks, swap out your hair products if you get acne near your hairline. If your pimples are evenly distributed on your face, your foundation may be at fault.


9. Don’t Skimp on SPF 

Even if your foundation offers SPF protection, it is not enough. Use a separate sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection before applying foundation to shield your skin against harmful UV rays that can exacerbate inflammation and slow down your skin’s healing process.


10. Remove Makeup Thoroughly

Use a gentle makeup remover, like micellar water, to remove makeup thoroughly at the end of the day. Leftover makeup residue can clog your pores and trigger breakouts if not removed properly. Double-cleanse your skin if you still feel traces of makeup left after the first wash.


Makeup does not always lead to breakouts but choosing the wrong products and adopting poor beauty habits can aggravate your acne-prone skin. Bear these 10 makeup tips in mind so you can flaunt flawless makeup looks without developing undesirable blemishes!


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