10 Tips To Avoid Cosmetics Related Acne
Cosmetics serve many a purpose. It covers blemishes, protects from harsh weather or can be a means of expression. Whatever the use, love it or hate it; cosmetics are a part and parcel of people’s day to day lives.
Beyond doubt, cosmetics cause irritation and allergies if abused. In individuals prone to acne, it causes either a mild attack of acne cosmetica or a severe acne breakout. The previous one disappears or reduces on discontinuation of acne causing cosmetics while the latter requires treatments. Hence, a cautious approach towards cosmetic use is advisable if you have acne prone skin.
We came across a few tips about the proper choice, usage and dos and don’ts regarding cosmetics for acne prone skin, which we present here:
1. Dermatologists believe that acne is caused due to the excessive sebum and dead skin cells clogging the hair follicles. By using ‘oil based’ cosmetics we simply aggravate the problem as the oil from them penetrates into the skin. The best solution is to opt for ‘water based’ cosmetics which are comparatively kinder to our skin.
2. While buying any cosmetic – sunscreens, moisturizers, foundations, eye makeup, and lip sticks/lip balms – especially in cream forms, look for the word ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘nonacnegenic’ as they are made from ingredients that do not contribute towards acne formation.
3. Acne prone people are better off using powder form cosmetics as they are light and can be removed easily.
4. Some cosmetics make use of fragrances to mask the smell of chemicals. These may lead to acne breakout or allergies. Therefore use cosmetics that indicate ‘hypo allergenic’ or ‘fragrance – free’ labels. This means that they do not contain aromas that might lead to an adverse reaction.
5. The biggest mistake that people make is sleeping in their makeup. It is advisable to wash or cleanse your face before bedtime as the cosmetics that you put on during the day get mixed up with environmental pollutants and may aggravate acne.
6. Makeup accessories are some of the culprits in depositing acne causing bacteria back onto the skin. If left unclean for longer durations, makeup accessories such as applicator or make up brushes and sponges become breeding ground for bacteria that thrive on dead skin cells. When they are reused the bacteria gets deposited back onto the skin thus causing inflammation.
7. Cosmetics and sweat combined together are friends of acne. After a vigorous physical activity, the cosmetics and sweat mix which clog the pores and cause acne. It is therefore imperative to shower if you sweat. If possible do not apply cosmetics before any physical activity.
8. Even certain shampoos and hair styling products cause acne at the hairline or on the forehead and temples as they may contain acne aggravating substances or ingredients. While washing or styling your hair, take care to avoid the hair line area. If possible use water based products, just as you would for your facial skin.
9. Always use sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 and which is broad spectrum. Apply while going out in the sun as the rays might harm your skin surface leading to more sebum production thus making the conditions right for acne breakout.
10. The routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day stays intact. It should be an unwritten rule for acne prone skin as it helps to keep the skin clean and residue free.
Acne treatment demands that people adhere to common sense. Cleanliness is not only the best policy but it should be de rigueur when it comes to treating acne prone skin. And since cosmetics are now an integral part of every person’s life – to a lesser or greater degree, a few precautionary measures will go a long way in keeping your skin acne free.