If you struggle with acne, there's a good chance you prefer to cover up your zits with makeup as much as you can. And with so many amazing beauty products on the market, it's actually pretty easy to cover acne with foundation, concealer, and other goodies without breaking the bank.
But unfortunately, many of us are prone to making makeup mistakes that can make acne worse, or even cause more breakouts, without even realizing it. Seemingly harmless, these mistakes caught really create a bigger problem.
1 Not washing of your makeup
No matter how tired you are, you absolutely must take off your makeup every single night, thoroughly washing your face before you hit those sheets. I use Younique's Pore Purifying Cleanser for a clean and gently exfoliated face.By leaving the makeup on your skin, a.) it clogs pores so that can lead to sebum build up, which potentially leads to more acne, and b.) it can interfere with your skin's natural ability to repair itself and exfoliate properly. PLUS, it can age your skin up to a week for every night you leave it on.
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2 Not washing your brushes
If you can't recall the last time your tools and applicators got a good scrub down, they're probably harboring all kinds of icky bacteria, oils, and dirt, which are doing your skin no favors.
As for how often you need to clean your brushes, well, it's likely more often than you'd think. Ideally, you're cleaning them after every use, but even pros understand that isn't super realistic.
1x week with cleaning pad (Amazon has a ton) and a my favorite, the Gender Bender bar from Posh.
3 Double Dipping
I've done it myself hundreds of times! You dip your brush in your powder, right on to your face, and right back in again. This is another way the germs and bacteria can transfer from you face, onto the brush and then back into your makeup. PLUS, another reason to keep your brushes and face clean!
4 Not moisturizing
Don't avoid moisturizing because you think it will dry up your oily skin. It can make things worse because your skin over-produces oils to compensate. It's best to use a moisturizer best for your skin TYPE and also one that has an SPF so you are protecting yoru skin call day. If you are more oily, I would recommend the Renewing Day Cream (SPF 15) or if you are on the dryer side, grab the Hydrating Day Cream (SPF 15).
5. Start Fresh
Even if you're bleary-eyed and barely awake when you're getting ready in the morning, you'll want to be sure to wash your face before putting your makeup on. Starting with a clean canvas helps remove any dirt or oils that have built up on your face. I keep an extra face wash in the shower to get any dirt off my face from sleeping.