Acne Cosmetica

August 13, 2020

Do you ever find that though you often wear makeup to help enhance your features, you end up having worse skin than if you had gone without wearing any? It is true that some cosmetics can cause acne, and we usually refer to this kind of acne as acne cosmetica. However, not all makeup is bad for your skin. The key to enjoying the art of makeup and maintaining healthy skin is finding a product that is right for your skin type and contains ingredients that are not harmful to your skin.

Identifying the culprit

Acne cosmetica is usually characterized by small bumps on the cheeks, chin, or forehead, and some experience whiteheads and pimples. Identifying the products used around the affected area is key to finding the culprit(s) of your acne. Take note of any changes in the products you are using, as it can take anywhere from a few days to 6 months for a reaction to occur. For this reason, it is a good idea to keep a skin care diary so you can accurately determine any patterns and make note of the ingredients in each of your products. If blemishes seem to reappear and seem to worsen, discontinue wearing makeup for a while. Oftentimes the makeup you use to cover the blemishes can make the inflammation and irritation worse.

Recovering From Acne Cosmetica Breakouts

In addition to discontinuing the use of those makeup products that seem to be the culprit of your breakout, follow these tips to help clear up your skin:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser at least twice a day, and after exercising or any activity that would cause you to sweat. Be sure to use a cleanser that includes the words “oil-free”, “won’t clog pores”, or “non-comedogenic” on the label. Avoid any abrasive tools used to clean your face. Instead, just use your fingertips and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Always remove all makeup before going to bed with a gentle, oil-free makeup remover and then wash your face.
  • If you choose to continue wearing makeup, apply it very gently. Consider using makeup brushes to help control the force you use during application.
  • If you use makeup brushes, clean them on a regular basis and do not share them with others.
  • Do not share makeup.
  • If irritation continues, consider using an over-the-counter medication to help treat and heal the affected area. Look for products that contain one or more of the following ingredients:
    • Benzoyl peroxide (fights acne-causing bacteria)
    • Salicylic acid (helps unclog pores)
    • Adapalene (helps unclog pores)

If acne persists, you will want to see your dermatologist here at The Pearl  Dermatology to help sort out other factors that could be causing your acne.

For more information about acne cosmetica or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

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