• Makeup for acne-prone skin

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    Many people dealing with acne and blemishes avoid makeup because of the myth that it causes acne. The truth is only ‘bad’ makeup causes acne flare-ups. With light, improved formulas, acne shouldn’t be a concern. Besides, you can still continue applying treatment under makeup, or even better, use acne medicated makeup formulas.
    Here are a few tips to help you choose the most suitable makeup if you have acne prone complexion: 
     
    FACE
    Foundation: Chose non-comedogenic, oil-free foundations. Be careful though -If they’re just oil-free, it doesn’t mean they are non-comedogenic at the same time. Comedogenic ingredients are diverse – some binders and emulsifiers can make a formula comedogenic. If you have oily skin, chose a suitable foundation “for oily skin” that will control the excess sebum production and help you achieve a matte finish. Stay away from very thick formulas that promise full coverage. First of all it would look very unnatural and secondly it might be a burden for your blemished skin.
     
    Powder: Powders can absorb excess oil – but pay attention to what they’re made of. Light, pure mineral powder or formulas with few ingredients are more suitable for blemished skin. To keep a natural look and slightly smooth out imperfections you can always choose an invisible powder that mattifies and refines skin texture (they come in universal shades). Avoid heavy and creamy powders.
     
    Concealer: Your best friend if you have occasional breakouts: it hides imperfections on-the-spot and evens out your complexion. Stay away from super-creamy concealers if you have acne. Non-comedogenicity is very important for such a product so test on a small skin area first. Beware, some concealers are meant to be used all over the face while others only around the eyes. If you have breakouts, your best bet is a medicated acne-concealer that treats while hiding the blemish
     
    Blush: It’s recommended that you avoid blush products if you have acne. Cream ones can worsen acne symptoms with their heavy texture while powder colors may contain D&C dyes which are known to be highly comedogenic. If blush is your favorite, try using a second powder (mineral, acne-medicated) – opt for one that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone and apply on your cheeks.
     
    EYES
    Surely, using any kind of makeup around the eye area won’t cause acne. However make sure eye shadow doesn’t drop on your cheeks because it can clog pores. Also, be careful when applying eye cream and don’t go beyond the orbital area. Eye creams are generally heavy formulas with hydrating oils that are specially designed for the delicate, sebum-free eye area. They are not suitable for the entire face.
    Mascaras, eyeliners and pencils don’t influence acne if used correctly in the eye area only.
     
    Lips
    Lipstick and gloss do no harm unless they spread around the lip line. Small bumps (comedones) can form around the mouth so make sure you prevent inflammation and future acne flare-ups by using the lip products correctly. We recommend the Murad Soothing Skin and Lip Care. It hydrates to relieve dry, chapped skin on contact.
     
    Note: For severe acne, it is best to consult a dermatologist before using any skincare or makeup products.

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