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Makeup and Acne

July 24, 2020

Should people with acne wear makeup?

Makeup is often one of the key products for people suffering from acne. Why? Well, for anyone who has had a pesky pimple or two, the answer should be clear. With active breakouts, most people want to tone down the redness or scarring by covering up with some makeup.

The problem with makeup is that it can be a double edged sword. You want your pimples to be less obvious but by caking on the makeup, you might actually be causing future breakouts. Using the wrong kind of makeup could set you on a never-ending cycle of breakouts.

What is the answer? Make sure you use makeup that will not cause breakouts. Sounds easy enough right? Not so much. Consumers look for the words “Oil-Free” or “Non-comedogenic” or “Will not cause acne.’ If beauty products and packaging were highly regulated, that would be enough. Unfortunately, there is no regulation that defines these labels when marketing beauty products and as a result, there are a LOT of false claims out there. All liquid and most powder makeup contain oils. Additionally, that “easy spread” that most people love about their liquid foundation? That is due to oil. Not all oil is bad for acne prone skin, however it’s been our experience, after reading labels for over 31 years, that there is no ‘safe’ liquid (and most powder) makeup available over the counter.  

What are your makeup options for acne prone skin?

1/ Treat your acne first to prevent future breakouts.

Use the correct combination of cleanser, mask and topical medications and be CONSISTENT. Consistency is key. Every day you don’t use your medication is a day you are allowing new acne to form.

2/ Wash your face at least twice a day

Every person with acne prone skin should be washing their face in the AM and the PM and after exercising or sweating.

3/ Choose the right makeup

Again, this might be easier said than done.

Ninja Skincare offers a full line of makeup and there are a couple loose mineral powders available over the counter that are safe for acne prone skin, but that’s about it!

If you have a favorite makeup that you use but you aren’t sure whether or not it is breaking you out, send us the list of ingredients and we will tell you if there is anything yucky in there.

Ninja’s Makeup:

Anyone ever have that friend that would not only cake on the makeup but use the wrong color for their skin? You know, where you can see the makeup line right around their jawline? Choosing the color that matches your skin is important. Ninja Skincare offers Custom Blended Liquid Foundation which we blend just for you every time you order it. We keep your color on file after the first purchase and match it to that saved color sample every subsequent purchase.

Additionally, we have Loose Mineral Powder, which again, we customize to match your exact skin tone.

We also carry Loose Setting Powder, Pressed Setting Powder and Blushes – all of which are non-comedogenic!

5/ Wash your makeup brushes weekly

Cleaning your brushes removes the bacteria that transfers back to your skin. Additionally, it is a good idea for you not to share makeup brushes – oils, dead skin cells and bacteria from other people’s skin can stick to your brush and transfer onto your skin when you use it. Yuck!

That’s it for our makeup tips. Best advice when it comes to wearing makeup is, if you can, avoid it altogether. Makeup free is best for acne prone skin. And if you aren’t there yet, don’t worry – we will get you there. Soon enough, your skin will be clear enough that you will be confident in bare skin. 🙂 We promise.


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