Avoid Acne & Breakouts By Changing Your Makeup Routine During Your Period

It would be a dream come true if breakouts could magically disappear, leaving you with a clear, smooth and glowing skin. Unfortunately for many, the growth of acne will continue far into our adult age, and more often than not, create scars that might take months (or even years) to get rid of.

Hence, this is why it’s essential to be careful of what ingredients are present, not just in skincare products such as moisturizers and cleansers, but the stuff in your makeup bag too. While cosmetic items doesn’t necessarily cause acne, they do have a tendency to make it worse.

Although there is a variety of causes that could irritate your t-zone, i.e. fluctuating hormones and stress, we’ve learnt that sometimes, the wrong product cocktail on your skin can be to blame. Scroll down to find out what you should do to prevent yourself from getting those annoying breakouts:

Pick “Matte” Over “Dewy”

Even if your friends swears by a certain sparkly foundation that produces a dewy glow, remember that what works for their more tolerant skin might not be ideal for skin that’s more prone to acne. Thus, dermatologists have adviced that the first and vital step in protecting your skin against acne.is to investigate your pores thoroughly and track your skin’s reactions.

Being aware that you have oily, shiny skin will keep you from purchasing makeup products that add unnecessary excess lubrication. Opt for products that say “oil-free” on its packaging and offer a “matte” or “semi-matte” finish instead of “dewy” or “satin.”

Track Your Break Outs

Depending on the spots that are more likely to attract zits, you can tell which product your skin isn’t compatible with. If your foundation is breaking you out, then you will probably see acne dispersed around your face. Meanwhile, if the acne appears around your hairline, then it might mean that your hair care products are involved.

However, if you’re seeing more dots around your jawline, your acne could be less product-based and more hormonally charged. In this case, try changing your diet,  but if it gets worse, it’s best you see a dermatologist who can recommend a solution for you.

Change Your Makeup Routine Based on Your Cycle

Every women has different indicators that the menstrual cycle is on its way. From sleepless nights and mood swing to weird food cravings and breakouts. By the time you reach your mid-20s, you’re well aware of these signs which are basically warning you that your period is coming. What you probably didn’t realize, however, is that you have your cycle to thank when your skin looks good, too.

During breakouts, for example before menstruation, it is helpful to use products that will moisturize without clogging pores. Conversely, making sure the skin is nourished during periods of dryness (or after the period, when breakouts are typically less frequent) can help keep it in top condition.

Your Skin Needs a Breather

Though it can be scary to go makeup-free when you’re struggling with acne, taking a few days off from makeup can actually help your pores heal a little bit quicker. However, if you do need to wear makeup, just be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly at night with a good face cleanser designed for oily or acne-prone skin.

Avoid Products that are Occlusive

Certain ingredients in makeup like phthalates, paraffin wax, mineral oil and petrolatum can be “occlusive” on your skin. What does that mean? These ingredients—though common in skin care products—don’t absorb into your skin, but rather, lay heavy on the surface. While this shouldn’t be an issue if you have normal to dry skin, this can be problematic for people who are prone to breakouts because they create “pools” that eventually settle into pores, clogging them up and preventing your natural oils from escaping when they need to.

These products do not let sebum (a natural and normal by-product of the skin) exit from the pores to the skin surface. Combined with dead skin cells, the occluded pore becomes infected by bacteria, creating an inflammatory and immune reaction that becomes the acne lesion.

Say No to Alcohol and Other Drying Ingredients

Though most woman will attempt to “dry out” a red, painful zit, dehydrating your skin can have the opposite impact. In this case, a dry complexion doesn’t necessarily mean that its good for acne. If the makeup you’re using has drying ingredients, like alcohol, it will prevent your skin from completing its natural exfoliating process, which allows dead skin cells to fall off on their own.

Look for Zinc if You Want SPF

If you prefer your makeup to have a little sun protection, try opting for mineral options. Most mineral makeup brands will avoid using talc as a binder, which can be irritating to those who have difficult skin to begin with. Instead, use mineral products that are rich in zinc oxide, which is an anti-inflammatory that was once used to treat acne via tablet.

When mixed with other subtle ingredients, these more environment friendly products can give you everything from sun protection to coverage. Mineral-based makeup with zinc alone or combined with titanium dioxide provides a good, balanced UV protection and ‘natural’ coverage for those who might have acne.