Makeup and breakouts.

October 17, 2013

If I had a penny for every time I heard that people are scared to wear makeup because “it breaks them out” or “they don't want wrinkles,” I would be one wealthy lady. If you are a victim of this mindset, here are a few things you should probably know before you write makeup off.

  1. Makeup will not cause wrinkles. The sun causes wrinkles. Being expressive will cause lines and wrinkles. Being dehydrated will cause wrinkles. Tugging on your skin will cause wrinkles. Overusing acne medication and not properly moisturizing your skin afterwards EVEN if you have oily skin will cause wrinkles. If you have normal to dry skin, that tight feeling you get is not a good thing. It means your skin needs to be moisturized (excess oil on your face can also be a sign of an improper skincare regimen). AGE will cause wrinkles. Makeup will NOT cause wrinkles. Your biggest defenses against wrinkles will be to wash and MOISTURIZE your face morning and night, and use an SPF of at least 30 DAILY. This is so important.
  2. Breakouts occur for a number of reasons. Certain ingredients used in some makeup products can be one of the culprits and I will give a list of ingredients to look out for next time you decide to try a makeup product; however, first I would like to list a few things humans do that could be causing those lovely beauty marks.
    • Sleeping in your makeup. Do I really need to go into this? You brush your teeth before you go to bed for pretty much the same reasons you should wash your face and do a proper skincare regimen before you go to sleep at night. If you don't brush your teeth at night either... That's something you should probably get into the habit of doing as well. You can ask your dentist why.
    • Not making sure your hands or brushes are clean before you apply your makeup. If you don't clean your brushes (or your beauty blender/sponge) after every use, oils and bacteria will build up on them and your skin will be affected. The same goes for your hands. You should be washing them right before you apply makeup with them so you know for sure that they are clean and what you've touched before you touched your face.
    • Applying makeup before you go to the gym or do a workout of any sort, then running errands and not washing your face for hours... Send out the invitations again! This is something I would suggest to you if you were looking for a way to clog your pores as fast as possible. Your pores tend to open more when you workout and sweat, so if you have a bunch of makeup on top of that, there is a good chance that when you cool off and your pores shrink...some makeup product will have seeped into them. Especially if you don't use a primer as a barrier between the makeup and your skin.
    • Not using primer as a barrier between your makeup and your skin. This won't necessarily make or break you. But primer is one of the first things you should try if you are acne-prone because it sits on top of your pores better and also creates a smoother finish.
  3. "Mineral Makeup" means nothing. Just because you use a "mineral," "organic," "vegan," "natural," or "insert fancy word that means all natural or good for you here" product doesn't mean there aren't any synthetic fillers hidden in the ingredient list. Retail is retail. You know how some food products have things in them the media and marketing campaigns fail to point out? It's the same thing with the production of makeup products. Don't believe everything you read or hear. Do your research.

    I mentioned earlier that there are certain ingredients you should be looking out for if you are acne-prone. Please be aware that this list may not be complete. I have done so much research on this and have tried to make it as accurate as possible; however, I am not a dermatologist, so there could be other skin irritants in some products that I am not aware of. The ingredients listed below are the ones I feel are found most.

    • Lanolin. Lanolin is basically sheepskin oil extracted from wool. The fatty acids in lanolin derivatives can aggravate the problems in those who have a genetic predisposition to acne.
    • Bismuth Oxychloride. You can find this in quite a few very popular mineral makeup brands. It's inexpensive and gives a pearllike glow so it's understandable why a company would choose to use this in their products; however, this ingredient is in reality a "synthesized by-product of lead and copper, mixed with chloride and water." It’s a proven skin irritant that can cause itching and/or rashes AND exacerbate cystic acne on certain skin types. If you already have acne, rosacea, or sensitive skin, this is something you should avoid at all costs.
    • Mineral Oil. Mineral oil is a clear, colorless, odorless, petroleum derivative. It's chemically similar to petroleum jelly and is produced in heavy and light grades, or viscosities. Although I couldn't find anything that without a doubt states this ingredient causes acne, I have found that if you already have problems with acne, it can make it worse. I know that products I have used that appeared to make my own acne worse all had this ingredient in it, so based on my personal experience, I think it should be avoided.

I hope this blog proved useful and informative to anyone who took the time to read it!