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Whether you wear makeup to look your best, to cover up acne that makes you feel self-conscious (or both), you may find yourself wondering, "Can makeup cause acne?" or "Does makeup make acne worse?". Before your brain starts to spin pondering this potential vicious cycle, know that you’re about to learn some super helpful tips about how to choose makeup that won’t cause a makeup breakout, lifestyle and hygiene tips to help prevent breakouts from makeup, and how to wear your favorite types of makeup without making your acne worse.
In short, yes and no. It’s true that some cosmetics can contribute to the formation of acne. Acne caused by makeup is called Acne Cosmetica and shows up as tiny bumps or whiteheads on the forehead, chin or cheeks. If you’re noticing that you have pimples near your lips, your lipstick could be to blame. When you use oil-based or comedogenic makeup, and especially when you use it to cover acne, you’re contributing to more acne, prolonging the cycle.
The good news? There is makeup for acne-prone skin.
It’s true — makeup doesn’t have to make your acne worse if you use non-comedogenic makeup and follow these tips.
Proactiv Solution® Acne Treatment System - Designed specifically for acne-prone skin, Proactiv delivers finely-milled benzoyl peroxide deep into your pores to help stop acne-causing bacteria in its tracks and prevent new breakouts from forming.
Proactiv +®Acne Treatment System - This was designed to deliver acne-fighting medicine directly into the pores. The result? The healthy-looking skin you’ve always wanted.
ProactivMD® 3-Piece System - This system features our renowned, prescription-strength retinoid – no Rx required – and helps clear and prevent stubborn breakouts and helps to restore healthy skin.
But don’t just take our word for it – check out real reviews from people that have visibly transformed their skin with proactiv.
Fighting acne doesn’t stop at your makeup. Choosing a non-comedogenic sunscreen is also important. Plus, some hair products (gel, mousse, pomade) can cause breakouts on the scalp and near the hairline if they contain ingredients that irritate your skin. Others may clog your pores by trapping bacteria and dead skin cells inside them. The same goes for other skincare creams and moisturizers.
Practicing the right skincare habits, executing a regular routine of cleansing and hydrating your skin, and sticking to non-comedogenic makeup can help keep acne at bay — and that’s a beautiful thing.