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Acne and cosmetics: a healthy beauty regimen

Acne and cosmetics: a healthy beauty regimen

We all want to look our best, but acne and other skin conditions can make it a challenge. It might seem like women have the upper hand when it comes to acne because they can turn to make-up to cover blemishes and redness, however many products can do more harm than good.

If you are suffering from acne it is important to pay close attention to the beauty products you use. The wrong choices can actually exacerbate the condition, resulting in a cycle of flare-ups and cover-ups.

What to use under your make-up

If you suffer from acne or any other skin condition treating it should be top priority; there are a number of medications available to relieve symptoms of acne and diminish spots and blemishes.

Mild treatments like Epiduo are generally well tolerated; once the gel has dried you can proceed to apply make-up as usual. It is just a matter of adding a few minutes to your morning routine to allow the medication to do its job.

If you have a more serious case of acne your treatment might include antibiotics such as Lymecycline tablets. During a consultation with your doctor you can enquire about the mechanics of the medication and how it reacts, if at all, with the make-up and cosmetics you use.

You will then need to use an appropriate moisturiser for your needs; one that addresses your skin type, will not interfere with your acne treatment and also compensates for dry skin or any other skin-related side effects of the medication.

A primer on foundation

What is in your make-up? Before choosing any kind of foundation or beauty product, you need to know what it’s made of. Ingredients like isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl myristate, myristyl myristate, lanolin oil and anything that has “oil” or “butter” in its name could potentially clog your pores, which can actually worsen some acne cases.

For liquid foundation, look for products that are oil free. If you are using powder, a mineral based product is much better for your skin. The key word to look for is “non-comedogenic”, meaning the product is specifically designed to not block pores.

Facial powders and blush

If you use any kind of powder based cosmetics, you have to pay attention not only to what you apply but how you apply it. Make sure your brushes and/or sponges are clean. Wash them at least twice a week to prevent build-up of bacteria which could result in infection of your already sensitive skin.

For powders and blushes, try to use only what you need to cover blemishes; don’t go overboard. The more make-up you apply the higher your chances of clogged pores.

Less is more when your goal is allow your skin to heal. For both powder and blush a light dusting should be more than enough.

Beauty from within

Of course, make-up is not the only way to make your skin look its best. Nutritional changes can also have a noticeable difference.

Eating complex carbohydrates (such as those found in wholegrain cereals and wholemeal pasta), lean proteins and a wide range of colourful fruits and vegetables provides you with antioxidants. This might help reduce break outs whilst also improving your overall health.

Hydration is also important, so do not forget to drink plenty of water and hydrating liquids throughout the day. By ingesting the right amount of liquid, you are not only hydrating your skin from within, but also helping your body flush out toxins that could be contributing to your skin condition.

If in doubt about a certain skincare product, speak to your GP or make an appointment with a dermatologist. A skincare specialist can help you develop a healthy routine to help heal your skin and keep you looking your best.