Foundation for Acne Prone Skin
If you suffer from acne, then you are probably all too familiar with the vicious acne cycle and how do you find the right foundation for acne prone skin. You break out so you pile on foundation to cover it up but then you break out even more because of the type of foundation you’re using. Your options are to leave the house without any makeup on, which only exposes your breakout, or continue to use foundation to cover up your pimples, which causes you to break out again. Fortunately, we can break this vicious cycle with the right type of foundation for your acne prone skin.
Ingredients to avoid if you have acne
You don’t need to spend tons of money when looking for the right foundation for your acne-prone skin. All you need to do is look for some key words. For example, look for the terms non-comedogenic or oil-free, which means the foundation will not clog your pores and make your acne worse. It is also important to look for sulfate and paraben free foundations. Sulfates are cleansing agents that can strip the skin of natural oils needed to keep you skin balanced and healthy. Parabens are chemicals used to preserve common household items such as deodorants, lipsticks and shampoos. Both sulfates and parabens are extremely harsh chemicals that should be avoided in your makeup routine, especially if you have acne prone skin.
Ingredients to Look for to prevent acne
There are a few ingredients found in some foundations that can actually help acne. Salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory used to treat acne, psoriasis, warts and dandruff. If you use a foundation with salicylic acid, you can help control your acne throughout the day. Other ingredients to look for are aloe, antimicrobial peptide 10, retinols and vitamin A, all of which help clear up your skin, hydrate your skin and help increase collagen. It is also extremely important to make sure your foundation has an SPF of 15 or higher. Sun can easily trigger a breakout and can even darken your existing scars.
If you can, try to avoid makeup for as long as possible. Even though there are many great foundations for acne-prone skin, nothing will ever beat just letting your skin be. I recommend wearing foundation every other day to let your skin breathe or taking it off as soon as you get home and before you workout.
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- Look for terms like non-comedogenic, oil free, paraben free and sulfate free
- Use a foundation with an SPF
- Look for a foundation with salicylic acid, aloe, antimicrobial peptide 10, retinols and vitamin A
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