Last Updated on September 18th, 2019
Acne and cosmetics are not necessarily incompatible. With a little planning, cosmetics can help you achieve smooth skin even while blemishes are still healing, but you will need to pay careful attention to your daily skin care routine. Here is what is required for effective use of cosmetics in the day of the life of a teen who has acne.
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Even before you put on foundation makeup, the very first step in your beauty routine every morning has to be cleansing your skin. There are two essentials for cleansing your skin:
You shouldn’t be able to feel your cleanser working. You can’t really feel dirt removal. What you can feel when a cleansing product makes your face tingle is the death of cells on your skin and in your pores, creating new debris that accumulates in new blemishes. Don’t forget to cleanse over your jawline and on your chin.
Teens who have acne are often advised that they need to “dry out” their skin. They really don’t. They need to control excess oil on their skin. If your face tends to shine a few hours after you wash it then you probably have naturally oily skin and you don’t need moisturizer.
If your skin tends to get a duller, grayer color as the days goes on, however, and if you tend to have tiny blemishes on the sides of your face, then you may need to use a moisturizer after you cleanse your face. The purpose of a moisturizer is to lock moisture in your skin, not in your pores. The best products for dry skin on the sides of the face are made with a combination of oil and water.
Never use a moisturizer that contains alcohol3 as it will actually dry out your face. And don’t forget to use your moisturizer after you cleanse your face, when its moisture content is highest.
Foundation makeup4 helps you achieve an even texture and color across your entire face. You can even use foundation to cover up pimples without the often-recommending dabbing of green makeup over red pimples if:
The advantage of using green makeup to mask a red pimple is that you can then cover up both the pimple and the green makeup with the foundation that is closest to your natural skin tone. The disadvantage of using green makeup to mask a red pimple is that it is, well, green. If you rub off your foundation makeup or perspiration dissolves it, you may have a green pimple on your face instead of a red one. And that’s kind of noticeable, too.
The kind of foundation that will give you the best finish for your skin depends on whether your skin is dry or oily. If you have dry skin, you will tend to have fewer whiteheads and blackheads and more tiny pimples. If you have oily skin, you will tend to have more whiteheads and blackheads and fewer but larger pimples.
Foundation can cover all your acne blemishes, but the wrong product is likely to cause problems5 later in the day. If you have oily skin, use a powder or cream-to-powder foundation. This will keep it from streaking on your face. If you have dry skin, use a cream foundation. This will keep it from clumping, especially over pimples.
The important thing to remember about foundation is not to overdo it. The more layers of cosmetics you put on your face, the more likely they are to clump, cake, flake, or streak. It’s always best to use just one layer of makeup if you possibly can.
Many women use lipstick and some men use lip gloss. There is probably no more problematic area of the face for cosmetics than the lips.
The wax and fragrances used in lipstick and lip gloss, as well as in lip balm, can easily accumulate on the cheeks and chin. The chemicals in these products irritate pores, and the waxes clog them. Many people who use lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm have a special problem with chin acne and acne at the corners of the mouth.
The best way to deal with this acne issue is to use lip products that are all about how your lips look—not about how they smell or taste. The fewer added ingredients there are in your lipstick, lip gloss, or lip balm, the less acne you will have on your chin.
Many teen males shave. Especially if you have brown or black skin, it is extremely important never to use a dull razor6. It’s OK to use a safety razor, but replace it after two or three shaves. This keeps the razor from bending hairs into follicles that can become inflamed and cause an especially difficult form of acne known as acne keloidalis nuchae.
What about aftershave? If you have reddened skin over your nose and cheeks, don’t use any cologne or after-shave to avoid irritation of your skin.
If you have gym class, don’t skip your shower7. Sweat can accumulate under tight clothing and shrivel skin like a prune. If you don’t remove dead skin flakes that can get onto your pores while you are working out within four hours of your exercise session, they can get into your pores and cause back and chest acne.
The traditional way to remove makeup is with cold cream. The problem is, then you have to remove the cold cream. Choose a cleanser that removes all your makeup, but without any need to scrub your face8. Scrubbing at night is just as detrimental to your skin. After you pat your skin dry with a clean towel (or at least a clean area on a towel you have used before), then apply acne products that will work all night until it’s time to start the acne care cycle all over again.
It’s a lot easier to keep up with your acne skin care routine if you use a complete acne care system like Exposed Skin Care.
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