Sufferers of adult acne should consult their dermatologists for advice on dermatologist-recommended makeup for acne prone adult skin. This is because many of the conventional makeup available on the market tend to be greasy and thick. These greasy and thick makeup may alter the cells of the follicles and make them stick together more easily, producing a plug that is the beginning of the onset of a pimple.
There is now a big and continuing trend toward oil-free makeup in a bid to prevent adult acne. However, synthetic oil substitutes may affect acne prone adult skin because of the chemicals they contain, such as stearic acid and isopropyl myristate. These chemicals are often added to cosmetics and makeup products to give them a sleek, sheer feel.
Therefore, to help you choose makeup that is suitable for acne prone adult skin, here are tips from dermatologists on how to choose the best makeup for acne prone adult skin.
1. Choose Makeup That Have 10 Or Fewer Ingredients
Makeup that contains just a few ingredients is less likely to cause any adverse reaction or adult acne breakouts. An example of makeup containing just a few ingredients is mineral makeup.
2. Foundation For Acne Prone Adult Skin
Which foundation is best for adult acne skin? When choosing foundations, look for loose powders since they help to absorb excess oil from the skin. If you use a liquid foundation, look for those that are silicone (dimethicone, cyclomethione)based since this ingredient sits very smoothly on the skin and is non-greasy, non-acnegenic, and non-comedogenic.
Avoid blushers containing crude coal tar, lanosterin, sterolan, and D and C red dyes. These chemicals are highly comedogenic.
4. Read Labels Before Buying
Consider only products with labels which have the following wording:
- non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging)
- fragrance-free (as opposed to unscented, which may still contain fragrances)
- hypoallergenic (for sensitive skin)
- non-acnegenic (does not cause acne)
5. Products Containing Salicylic Acid, Sulphur Or Tea Tree Oil
Salicylic acid is a popular acne fighting ingredient which helps unblock your pores. Sulphur and tea tree oil are anti-bacterial in nature. Makeup containing salicylic acid, sulphur and tea tree oil can help prevent adult acne breakouts while providing cover.
Concealers for acne prone adult skin which contain tea tree or Melaleuca oil are especially helpful in concealing acne blemishes while keeping the population of acne-causing P.acnes bacteria on your skin under control.
6. Beware Of “Natural” Products
Don’t assume that just because a product is “natural” it is better for your skin. The word “natural” is undefined and unregulated, and even products that are labeled “all-natural” may include ingredients that are comedogenic and acnegenic.
7. Avoid Makeup Or Cosmetics Containing These Chemicals
- isopropyl palmitate
- isopropyl isothermal
- putty sterate
- isostearyl neopentonate
- myristyl myristate
- decyl oleate
- octyl sterate
- octyl palmitate
- isocetyl stearate
- PPG myristyl propionate
8. Fragrance-Free Or Hypoallergenic Products
Cosmetic or makeup products labeled “unscented” may still contain fragrances to mask the smell of other ingredients. The most common acne-inducing fragrances are bergamot, ambrette and the musk family. Therefore choose only products which are labeled “fragrance-free” or “hypoallergenic”.
Ideally, do not wear makeup everyday or all day. When you do wear it, remove all traces of makeup before going to bed. Use a cleaner or makeup removal wipes with salicylic acid. Wash your makeup brushes regularly in mild shampoo and dry them thoroughly.
To help clear existing spots, exfoliate regularly. If you have changed your makeup and skin care products and the acne is still there after six to eight weeks, see your doctor.