Can Makeup Worsen Skin Conditions?

by Paul on November 8, 2013

can-makeup-worsen-skin-conditions02If you have sensitive skin, chances are you’ve often wondered if using makeup is a good idea. Or is it simply that cosmetics companies are trying to make more money off the consumers, by marketing ‘safe’ alternatives to them? Unfortunately, the answer to the question ‘can make up worsen skin conditions?’ is yes. Not only can it aggravate pre-existing conditions, but it can also cause the apparition of brand new ones. We explore the issues that makeup causes for certain skin conditions, discuss the alternatives, and offer some advice in the following.

Can makeup worsen skin conditions such as acne or dry skin?

Yes, it can. Low-end cosmetic products will cause your skin to go even drier, especially if you’re in the habit of using powdered blush or foundation. Try to avoid such products, especially in the colder season, when your skin needs all the hydration it can get. There are plenty of great cream and lotion-like foundations available on the market these days, which you can use instead. If you don’t, your skin can suffer severely from going very dry: it can crack, age quicker than it should, or even develop long term issues such as skin tags. And while Tag Away, a homeopathic formula, can help you deal with the apparition of skin tags, why cause such a problem to begin with, when you can simply steer clear of it by making the right choices.

But can makeup worsen skin conditions like zits, acne, or pimples? Absolutely. This is why every cosmetic expert, beautician, and your own mother, too, will insist on the importance of removing your makeup thoroughly at the end of each day. Also try to make sure you don’t sweat with makeup on, as is often the case on hot summer days, or when going to the gym. In such scenarios, the oils in the cosmetic products will interact with those in your skin and cause your pores to clog and develop bumps. There’s actually a specific name for this skin condition, caused by makeup: it’s acne cosmetica. While it’s not as severe as the regular types of acne, it does manifest itself through the apparition of bumps and pimples on your cheeks, chin, and forehead. If you find yourself faced with such an issue, it’s best to steer clear of thick creams and liquids, and opt for lighter airier ones instead, such as powdered concealers.

Can makeup cause allergies?can-makeup-worsen-skin-conditions01

Yes, it most certainly can. There are actually two distinct types of allergies that makeup can be held responsible for:

–          Irritant contact dermatitis – causes your skin to itch and burn when in contact with the product that caused it.

–          Allergic contact dermatitis – looks more like a usual allergy and will cause your skin to swell, itch, and/or develop blisters.

Typically, both these reactions are caused by the fragrances and preservatives used in makeup products. However, they can also be determined by other skin care products, such as lotions, or creams.

What are the risk-free alternatives?

While it’s important to understand that skin types and reactions vary widely from one person to the next, there are certain makeup products that are generally considered safe for anyone to use. These are:

–          Hypoallergenic products – usually don’t cause allergies.

–          Nonacnegenic products – designed as to minimize the risk of acne.

–          Noncomedogenic products – will not clog your pores.

By and large, however, it’s best to pay attention to the way your skin reacts to each new makeup and cosmetic product it comes in contact with. If you notice any redness, dryness, or bumps that shouldn’t normally be there, it’s usually a good idea to stop using that product all together.

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