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Can my makeup cause breakouts

Makeup is great. I love it. You love it. Yay for makeup!  We use it to create a new version of ourselves or to just enhance our natural beauty.  What about the negative reactions makeup could have on our skin?

Your makeup could be blocking your moisturizer from being absorbed properly. If you are not using a cleanser or cleansing tool that removes all of your makeup, when you apply moisturizer, your old makeup may be clogging your pores. This will keep your moisturizer from repairing  your skin throughout the night. Make sure you use a cleanser or makeup remover that rids your skin of all makeup. A spinning brush, like a Clarisonic, is a great tool to get all the makeup from your pores before you moisturize.

Have you ever had an allergic reaction to makeup? Make sure you check what ingredients are in your makeup against those that are known cause a reaction or any irritation on your skin.  Your dermatologist can help you pinpoint these ingredients. If there are any new products you want to try, ask for a tester or sample to try it out on your wrist to see if you get an adverse reaction.

Make sure you toss your cosmetics after a while or you could get slammed with a bacterial infection. Eye products should be replaced after 3 months of use and skin products like foundations last about a year. If you use these products longer, bacteria could come into play. Another good rule of thumb is to avoid sharing cosmetics with other people. Also, make sure you clean your brushes regularly.  Old makeup and dirty brushes also lead me to the next subject: acne.

Makeup can also affect your skin by giving you acne or other irritations. When you wear heavy makeup day in and day out, forget to wash it off at the end of the night or use old makeup, you are at risk for clogged pores and acne. To avoid getting acne directly from your makeup, make sure you wash your face thoroughly before you go to bed and use makeup removers when necessary. Look out for products that may clog pores with heavy ingredients and synthetics. Lastly, remember less is more. You don’t need to cake on makeup. You’re already beautiful!

Have you ever had a bad reaction to makeup? Tell us your story and if it could have been prevented with these tips!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing