Can I Safely Wear Makeup While I Have Acne?

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One of the most common “Remedies” for acne is to cover it up with makeup. This is not a new practice as it has been going on for centuries.

To answer the question completely you must understand the basic cause of acne.

Acne starts when the sebaceous glands, the oil producing glands of the skin, secrete more oil, sebum, than the skin can handle. This excess sebum then combines with dead skin cells and then this mix in turn clog the pores of the skin. This can be caused by many different factors such as hormonal changes, stress, foods, dairy products, etc.

Acne can occur at virtually any age. Although it is most common in teenagers, it certainly is not uncommon in adults. In fact, about 50% of females suffer acne outbreaks sometime in their lives.

Most makeup is formulated using oil based, or oil derived, products mixed with fine powder. Since this combination is basically the same mix as sebum and dead skin cells, it should not be used or at the worst used sparingly and cautiously.

To worsen the impact of using this type of product, it is quite common for the wearer to apply it several times a day and then not completely clean it off at night. If you have acne or are acne prone, you should avoid this type of makeup.

There is available makeup that does not use oil or oil derived products as their base. These can be used in most cases but the same caution to use it sparingly and cautiously is recommended. With these products it is also strongly recommended that all traces of the product be thoroughly cleansed, not simply washed, from your face every night before going to bed.

A third type of makeup is now available which appears to offer a better solution. Mineral makeup has the ability not only to provide the cosmetic properties of other makeup it covers acne blemishes better than other makeup and soothes your skin to a natural flawless complexion.

In addition to the properties already mentioned, mineral makeup is actually good for the skin as it:

• Provides a protective shield against the environment,

• Is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory,

• Contains vitamins A, E, and D plus lavender based aromatherapy oils

• Is non-comedogenic (will not clog skin pores),

• Has virtually zero allergy risk,

• Has natural nutrients to replenish the skin and neutralize free radicals,

• Is endorsed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists.

Like with so many other good ideas there is one big caution to watch for, be sure the product you purchase is pure mineral makeup and meets the criteria stated above. It should never be combined with other items, especially oil or oil derived products.

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