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Suggested Makeup Tips for Oily/Acne Skin Types

@repost makeup tips for oily/acne prone skin

Having oily and/or acne prone skin can be quite challenging when it comes to makeup application, a colleague in one of the facebook groups I’m in had posted these tips and I’d figure I share it as they are some pretty good tips!

1. Choose “Matte” Over “Dewy” When applying your makeup, it’s important to set your foundation with a powder. Oily skin tends to have a shine and a powder can mattify your look. There are different techniques on how to apply, but one tip is using the powder first, then foundation, then powder again so that you create a barrier between your skin and foundation, keeping the excessive oil from breaking through.

One thing I’d like to add is in addition to using foundation that gives a “matte” finish – you can also use a matte primer as well as setting with a fine translucent powder. Also with your skin prep make sure you keep your skin hydrated – yes oily skin types need to moisturize. This will help keep your oil production balanced (gel type moisturizers are one example).

Also, no need to pack on the makeup – less is more with any skin type. When applying your translucent powder it’s best to use a damp blender and gently press all over – paying particular attention to your oily areas. Then follow through with your powder brush to ensure everything is well-blended.

2. Track Where You’re Breaking Out Depending on the spots on your face that are more likely to attract a zit (or three), you can identify what product is actually causing a reaction. If your foundation is breaking you out, then you will most likely see the acne fairly evenly dispersed around your face. If the bulk of your acne is around your hairline, then it might be more likely 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.

You definitely want to keep track as to what product you are using that is causing the breakouts and could be making your acne worse. Many products contain comedogenic ingredients (which basically clog pores). Don’t skimp on the SPF – many with oily / acne prone skin would shy away from this step because they probably have used products that made their skin feel so much greasier. But remember, it’s the ingredients – you want to use a broad spectrum SPF that contain ‘Zinc’ and ‘Titanium’ these ingredients are not pore clogging if anything they help dry up the acne and some SPF even help with diminishing acne scars. What I’ve been using lately is LimeLife Perfect Sunscreen – not only is it a broadspectrum SPF but it also can be used as a primer and is very hydrating!

3. Change Your Makeup Routine Based on Your Cycle Every woman has different indicators that her menstrual cycle is on its way. From sleepless nights and cranky moods to a severe craving for pizza. By the time you reach your mid-20s, you’re well aware of your personal period’s warning. If you know you’re more likely to get a breakout around that time of month. Make sure your makeup matches your changing hormones. What you wear the other 25 days of the month might not be what you need to sport when you’re spotting. Try to use less makeup when your skin is being challenged by your hormones.

4. Let Your Skin “Breathe” Although it can be a bit difficult to go makeup-free when you’re struggling with acne, taking a few days off without makeup on can help your pores heal a little bit faster. On days when wearing makeup is inevitable, make sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly at night with a cleanser designed for your oily or acne-prone skin.

Ok so skin can’t really “breathe” per se , but this is where I will highly encourage a facial. Getting your skin thoroughly cleaned and treated by your skin therapist/estie is super beneficial. If you need extractions you can have those performed, a great mask and clinical grade products to clear your skin! After facials you always want to not touch your face and wait 24 hours before applying makeup so take that opportunity to let your “skin breathe”!

5. Avoid Alcohol and Other Drying Ingredients Though most people will attempt to “dry out” a red, painful zit, dehydrating your skin can have the opposite impact. 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.

So in this tip – just for clarification, you never want to dry out your skin check the labels because many makeup products may contain alcohol that will do the opposite of what your skin needs to do. Drying out your skin will cause it to think it’s dehydrated which in turn will cause the sebum production to go in overdrive and your skin and makeup won’t be “pretty” by mid-day. To prevent or help with mid-day shine be sure to take along with blotting paper or mineral touch up powder these items help you keep you shine-free.

Now these tips aren’t the end-all be-all, there a probably some more out there, but these will give you a little background in your makeup routine, now if you would like to share, please comment below. I’d love to know your tips and techniques~!

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