Is makeup bad for acne?

Makeup and Breakouts

This morning, you woke up to a mountainous zit on your face. As much as you might like to, you can't stay home and hide in bed. Fear not! You can hide the volcanic nightmare with some thoughtfully applied makeup.

When camouflaging acne, you want to make sure you conceal unsightly bumps and scars without growing new ones. To that end, here are some tips to get the most out of your makeup routine:

  • Start fresh. Wash your face gently before applying your makeup. Too much scouring, scrubbing and abrasive cleanser can hurt your skin and cause it to produce more oil, increasing acne growth.
  • Go light. Skip heavy, thick foundations that increase the grease on your face. Try using an oil-free or water-based foundation [source: WebMD].
  • Remember that less is more. Rather than layering on too much makeup, use the smallest amount necessary to camouflage any imperfections.
  • Read the label. Look for noncomedogenic makeup that won't clog pores or nonacnegenic products that won't create more acne [source: American Academy of Dermatology].
  • Stay loose. You may want to avoid products that are pressed or caked because these cosmetics often contain comedogenic ingredients.
  • Go easy on the powder. Although powder is great for soaking up oil, you don't want to glob so much on that you suffocate and clog your pores. When using a powder, remember that you only need a light dusting and that loose is better than pressed [source: Cleveland Clinic].
  • Sleep naked. Make sure you thoroughly wash off all your makeup before you go to sleep. Clean skin is healthy skin [source: Cleveland Clinic].

Now that you know the rules for hiding breakouts, continue reading to learn how to get additional benefit out of your makeup by using products with acne-fighting ingredients.