Makeup: Your Skin’s Best Frenemy

Makeup is kind of amazing, isn’t it? It can help you elevate your looks, express yourself creatively, and add a special something to your day. Until your skin decides it doesn’t want to play nice. Acne may begin to surface and then you’re either swearing off makeup or piling more on top of your blemishes in an effort to hide them. What if there was a way to make you and your skin happy? 


Be Mindful of Ingredients

The reason your skin may be reacting to your makeup with acne is because the ingredients in your makeup products are irritating your skin or exacerbating existing skin problems. Thankfully, many makeup brands offer skin-conscious products with good formulations like mineral-based, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic (a super technical way to say “non-pore-clogging”). 


The name of the game is to not clog your pores, as this could lead to acne and skin irritations. In general, you should avoid makeup products with “heavy” ingredients like coconut oil or chemicals like isopropyl isostearate or laureth-4. Your makeup will typically be sitting on your skin for hours each day, so taking the initial extra step to ensure that the ingredients are top-notch will pay off!


Apply with Care

How you apply your makeup can affect your acne? YES. Anything that touches your face means it also touches any bacteria or dirt that may be on your hands, countertops, or your skin. Don’t give acne any advantages and be sure to regularly clean your makeup applicators, whether you use a brush, makeup sponge, or your fingers. Set a weekly cleaning schedule for your brushes and sponges and be sure to replace applicators that are looking a little worn down.


Always Take It Off

We know, it’s so sad to wipe away a flawless makeup look. But you know what’s also sad? Getting acne that could have been avoided! Your skin wants to breathe and get a good night’s rest just as much as you do. Removing your makeup at the end of the day doesn’t have to be an intense and time-heavy chore. There are many products available to quickly and thoroughly remove your makeup, and there are even options catered to your specific skin type. Dry skin? Use a micellar water. Oily skin? Use a foaming cleanser that will lift away the makeup without coating your skin in a heavy residue. Be sure to moisturize after removing all of your makeup. It’s like a glass of water before bed for your skin. 


When the Friendship Turns South

Your skin may still decide to not play nice with your makeup and break out. If that happens, don’t kiss your makeup goodbye! There are some makeup products that are formulated to play double-duty and treat your acne while also elevating the appearance of your skin. Most products with this superpower function use salicylic acid, which is great for combatting acne. However, it can be a little harsh on your skin, especially if you’re using other acne treatments. 


If you’re looking for a gentle but effective acne treatment, ask your dermatologist if they offer the Sebacia Acne Treatment. This in-office treatment targets the source of your acne, the sebaceous gland, by massaging Sebacia Gold Microparticles into your skin’s pores. A laser is then used to heat the Gold Microparticles and deliver their skin-changing effects to your pores. 


Will a laser make skin more irritated? Nope. It is a gentle laser that still gets deep into your pores, which means no lingering redness, puffiness, or pain. You can continue to wear makeup while getting Sebacia Acne Treatments (just not during the appointments). After just three Sebacia treatment sessions, results should be visible within the first 2-3 months, with some patients enjoying results that last up to 24 months¹.


We hope you feel empowered to give your inner makeup artist freedom to create stunning looks without worrying about what it will do to your skin! To see if there’s a Sebacia-certified dermatologist near you, click here: https://sebacia.com/find-a-provider/.


¹ The US clinical study ended at 12 weeks and demonstrated non-inferiority to laser alone with Sebacia’s last treatment at 2 weeks and laser alone last treatment at 10 weeks, Sebacia’s treatment required significantly fewer laser treatment sessions and significantly lower laser fluence compared to laser alone.
In a non-randomized registry study in Europe, the average improvement in acne lesions at 24 months was 92% (77% free of acne medications, 9% used topicals and 14% used systemics at 24 months).
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