By Dr.Paula Dhanda
I have batted acne caused by make-up for many years. Then I learned a few quick tips that have really helped me to reduce this problem..
Acne is a skin disorder that causes inflammation and can leave behind scars and unsightly marks. It can be caused by a number of reasons but hormonal imbalance is to mainly to blame.
For others, acne is suffered due to genetics, diet and the inability to use make-up properly.
Because of the sheer volume of products available in the market today, it is difficult to separate the good eggs from the bad ones.
The result is that most of us end up selecting cosmetics that either create or aggravate the acne problem.
If you can keep the following tips in mind, you’ll be acnefree till your hair turns grey:
Apply a mild cleanser evenly over your skin. Then, use cotton or a soft wet cloth to gently remove – this will help unclog your pores. Remember to always use slightly warm water. Hot water is harsh and will dry your skin and add to the redness.
Use an acnefree ointment suggested by your skin care professional. This is essential as a protective layer will be formed between the make-up and your skin. What you use is completely up to you, but make sure that you use products that have ‘non-comedogenic’ written on them. Some companies use cheap filler ingredients like mineral oil that will severely clog the pores and aggravate your acne.
Don’t go overboard with the make-up in an attempt to cover up your acne. This make the spots stand out and also make the acne bacteria problem worse. By using a heavy layer of make up, you are blocking out valuable oxygen that kills acne bacteria. Some companies have spot treatments with the acne ointment included. This can help but make sure you check with your skin care professional before combining prescriptions and over the counter medications.
Yes, you can touch-up your face every few hours but resist the attempt to aggravate or touch the acne as no matter how clean your hands are. Also make sure you are not using the same sponge as compacts are little Petri dishes that harbor bacteria. If you have contaminated your make-up, start fresh and use a clean applicator each time. Remember less is more.
This last tip cannot be emphasized enough- always, always wash off ALL your make-up before you go to bed. If you are lazy and forget, you can be sure that the acne will multiply and all your efforts will be wasted. No matter how great the make-up, even if it is medicated, it will seep into your pores and clog them overnight causing more breakouts.
Here’s to being happy, joyous and FREE FROM ACNE!!
-- Dr. Paula
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