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I have acne. Can I still wear makeup?

    acne cosmetica caused by makeup

    Quarantine is no longer mandatory and I am out and about. I’m excited to wear makeup again, but I’m already breaking out so badly from my mask! Would covering it up just make it worse?

    Does that sound like you? It can be frustrating dealing with acne and sometimes even embarrassing. Wearing makeup is okay while having acne. What matters is the kind of makeup you use.  

    Is my makeup causing acne?

    Acne cosmetica can appear on the face as small raised bumps on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and even around the lips. These bumps can take from days to months to appear and usually people treat them, cover it up, and they eventually come back. The cycle just seems to continue and the blemishes never go away. 

    What should I do to treat the acne then?

    Dermatologists say that it is completely okay to wear makeup if you have acne, but you need to start choosing your products more wisely. Begin by throwing out any products that cause your skin to negatively react or make your acne worse.

    1. Choose products wisely to prevent acne: your best options should be products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic (does not clog your pores.)
    2. Wash your face at least twice a day and after any activity that makes you sweat: using a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser before bed and when you wake up will ensure your skin is kept clean throughout the day. Dermatologists suggest you wash your face using gentle pressure and rinse with lukewarm water.
    3. Remove all makeup, including eye makeup, before going to bed: try to use an oil-free makeup remover. After removing your makeup, wash with a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubbing or tugging too harshly on your skin when removing makeup and washing afterwards. 
    4. Apply your makeup gently: you should be very gentle with your skin so that you don’t irritate it. Makeup applicators should help you with this.
    5. Regularly wash your makeup applicators and never share them with others: Acne isn’t contagious, but acne-causing bacteria, oil and dead skin cells from others can stick onto your tools and transfer to your face causing breakouts. 
    6. Focus on treating your acne: Taking a break from using makeup to treat your acne can help. However, you may still see breakouts from other causes of it other than makeup. Treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and adapalene could help you see results within 4-8 weeks. 

    Acne cosmetica, just like any other type of acne, can be cleared up, but your acne could be appearing due to another health issue. If your acne seems to not be going away or becomes worse over time, you should contact us at 703-709-1492 to see what options you have in treating it and getting rid of it for good. 

    All information was found on the American Academy of Dermatology Association’s website.