Do you need to Breakup with your Makeup?

Is your makeup hindering your skin from clearing up?

You’ve probably heard at some point that wearing makeup is bad for your skin and causes breakouts. The average foundation alone can contain as many as 24 chemical ingredients- add that to your daily skin and haircare products- and you’ve got a lot of substances going on!


Studies have shown that each day our bodies come in contact with hundreds of chemicals. A majority of chemical exposure comes from the health and beauty products we use on a daily basis, so knowing how to use these chemicals is vital to keeping your skin clear.

Why do people say that makeup is bad for your skin?

  • Many formulations of makeup contain heavy oils, which can get stuck in pores, causing inflammation. This inflammation may irritate current acne or kick-off the development of new pimples.
  • Avoid trying several different types of makeup or products at once. This way you can easily recognize a new element that may be causing your skin to breakout. If you notice a pimple develop after adding something to your skin regime, stop using it ASAP!
  • To avoid acne flare-ups from makeup, use products that are oil-free and fragrance-free. Also look for terms like hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic.
  • Like healthy food, healthy makeup should have an expiration date. Know when to throw away makeup. Look for the expiration date, or write the date of purchase right on your makeup, so you know its age. When foundation has a funny smell, thickens or becomes chunky- that is a sign that it is harboring bacteria. Powder can usually last for a few years.
  • Applying your makeup with a dirty applicator may also cause of acne flare ups. Old makeup particles and skin flakes get trapped in brushes or sponges and are then applied on to your skin. Wash your makeup brushes and sponges at the end of each makeup application. Sponges should be thrown away once a week, and replaced with new ones.

Will sleeping in my makeup cause acne and ruin my skin?

  • While you sleep, your body uses that valuable downtime to regenerate skin cells. Sleeping in your makeup, won’t allow your skin that time away from stress.
  • Makeup particles hold on to toxins, or “free-radicals”, which if those sit on your face, they cause collagen breakdown, which makes your face look less youthful and fresh.
  • If you choose to wear a heavier, creamier foundation, with oils and perfumes, you may run a higher risk for clogging your pores, especially if it sits on your face all night.
  • Take your makeup off every night to ensure that your pores to stay clear of debris and acne free!

Your body sheds 30,000-40,000 cells per hour, and makeup hinders that process and may lead to clogged pores. When you can, give your skin the break it needs from makeup. If you have a day off from school or work, try to make it a makeup free day- you will save time and energy, while improving your skin.

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