Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

Hi everyone! I thought I'd share with you some of the tips I can give to people who have acne-prone skin, but still want to wear make-up! As someone who has had acne for a little more than half my life, being interested in make-up was such a struggle because of course I wanted to fake having perfect skin without aggravating any blemishes on my face. While drinking 8 glasses of water and avoiding junk food certainly helps a little, I have a few more things I wanted to share with all of you:

Know what causes your acne

If there was a universal cure for acne, then no one would have any! The reality however, is that acne can be caused by so many factors such as stress, pollution, hormones (cause of mine), sometimes food, and some harsh ingredients in skin care or make-up. Its important to know early on what brings those spots about, so you can find a solution immediately.

Less product is more

As tempting as it is to pile on loads of foundation and concealer and be on your merry way, doing so would only aggravate the problem. Plus, it looks very unnatural and feels very heavy on the skin. Instead, its best to choose a base that will cover your redness (so about a light to medium or medium coverage foundation at best) and use a full coverage concealer to spot conceal. This allows your a more skin-like finish while still covering those pesky spots.

I'd recommend Jen from From Head to Toe's Concealer 101 Video, Karima McKimmie's (from Shameless Fripperies) Skin-Like Foundation Routine, and Lisa Eldridge's Natural, Flawless Skin Video. All of them are quite easy to follow and it has deterred me from slapping on so much product, which my skin has definitely thanked me for!

Some bases I'd recommend and have personally used are the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint & Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. Both are buildable, easy to apply, and dry down to a natural or demi-matte finish. That's just some of the many options though, so feel free to explore other brands!

Go oil-free for make-up 

If you're oily and acne prone, then its the sebum on your face thats causing all those spots to appear. While I don't have a recommendation for minimizing oiliness, one way I know could help a little bit is to use oil-free make-up. This is especially the case for concealer, because you don't want those oils to aggravate your acne further. The less oil there is on your face, then there is less that could turn into sebum that generates acne.

Wear make-up less

Strange tip, I know. I, for one, love wearing make-up, especially on days when I need a little confidence boost. Despite a lot of make-up products incorporating skin care into their formulas nowadays, make-up is still make-up. Wearing it too much will stress your skin out and not only generate pimples, but also bring about dullness. Too much of a good thing is never recommended, so do give your skin a few days off a week to breathe. The less stressed out your skin is, the more it helps in reducing acne generation.

It also helps not to wear make-up for a long time during the day. From personal experience, when I used to wear make-up for more than 10 hours, my skin would not only need more exfoliation during the week, but my acne would also be more difficult to treat. These days, my make-up wearing limit is 9-10 hours, and even that maximum is avoided as much as possible.

Accept your acne

This is probably the strangest tip of them all, and can be interpreted differently if I were not to clarify. I'm not saying that you should accept the thought that you will have acne forever, but accept that while it is a struggle, it doesn't lessen your value in any way as a person. Personally, I gave myself a hard time because I had nothing close to perfect skin for years, and thought that people judged me because of it. I've come to learn that the people who matter don't mind in the slightest!

And that's it for todays post! I hope that this was both informative and insightful for you guys. If you have any questions or even stories you'd like to share, feel free to leave me a comment below!

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