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Does it seem like the more you try to hide your acne, the more acne you have to hide? If that is the case, then part of the problem may be the makeup you are using. We’ll try some makeups tips to prevent acne breakout.

If you are a woman who is prone to acne breakouts, you probably use makeup to conceal those breakouts. There is nothing wrong with using makeup to conceal unsightly pimples unless the makeup you are using is actually making the acne breakout worse.

There is no need to stop using makeup to conceal your acne, you just need to start choosing the right types of cosmetics; ones that won’t cause more breakouts.

Here are some tips to help you choose cosmetics that will not aggravate your acne, along with some tips for proper makeup usage that will help prevent additional makeup-related acne breakouts.

1. Use water-based, hypo allergenic makeup and moisturizers. These properties won’t guarantee that the products will not promote acne but these products are less likely to do so.

2. Avoid oil-based cosmetic products. Using heavy oil-based makeup is, most likely, the cause of most makeup-related acne breakouts. Beware of products that claim to be oil-free but actually contain synthetics that can provoke an acne breakout.

A simple test to show oil content is to place a dab of the cosmetic on a piece of quality cotton fibre stationary and leave it for twenty four hours then check for a high migration of oil, in the form of large oil rings.

3. Avoid products that contain ingredients such as lanolins, coal tar and coal tar derivatives like D & C red dyes (look for products that use Carmine for red coloring). Isopropyl Myristate is one of the worst acne-provoking ingredients, it is used in makeup to help it apply smoothly.

Also check cosmetic labels for acetylated lanolin, cetyl alcohol, decyl oleate, isocetyl stearate, isopropyl isothermal, isopropyl palmitate, isostearyl neopentonate, laureth 4, myristyl myristate, octyl palmitate, octyl sterate, PPG myristyl propionate, putty stearate and stearic acid; avoid these products if at all possible.

4. Makeup that is labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic is formulated to not clog oil-producing pores, thus they help prevent acne breakouts. But that doesn’t mean using cosmetics with these labels won’t worsen your acne. If the makeup you are using is labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic and it still seems that you experiencing makeup-related acne, try a different brand as there may be an ingredient that you are sensitive to.

5. Use powdered rather than liquid makeup as the liquids are more likely to contain oil that will exacerbate any acne breakouts you may be experiencing. Lightly apply as little powder as possible to get the effect you seek.

6. Only use the minimum amount of makeup necessary. Go as light as possible to help avoid the pore blockage than can cause an acne breakout. Try new techniques that will allow you to use less makeup thus preventing additional acne.

7. Clean your makeup applicators often or simply purchase new ones. Using a dirty applicator can cause acne-producing dirt and bacteria to be applied directly to your skin.

8. Try different brands. What works for others may not work for you. Trial and error can be an effective way to find the right cosmetics for you; cosmetics that don’t exasperate your acne.

9. Remove makeup completely as soon as possible. Wash thoroughly each night and be sure to completely rinse away all soap residue.

10. Whenever possible, do not wear any makeup. Give your skin a break and let it breath.

Hopefully these tips were informative and helpful. Remember, makeup-related acne prevention is really all about finding what works for you and your skin.


  1. Jean
    July 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My favorite tip in here was wearing no makeup at all. I usually stick to water-based tinted moisturizers since my skin doesn’t need much coverage. I don’t use powder anymore, either, but it’s mainly because I haven’t found one that works the way I want it to!

    Still, they’re all very good and sound advice. Thanks for the article!

  2. Hiral
    September 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I have oily skin so I usually do not wear make up to avoid acne break outs. I use water based make up sometimes. I remove make up thoroughly before sleeping. It really prevents acne breakouts.

  3. ganeshmrp
    September 22, 2011 at 8:47 am

    It may be hard to follow all these 10 Makeup Tips To Help Prevent Acne Breakouts but these tips are quite effective and can provide considerable turn around. Make up limitation tips is really a good one to be followed.

  4. Mary Parker
    September 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    My skin is too oily as the humidity in the weather in my place is too high. I always use water-based products on my face to prevent acne breakouts and try to remain without makeup whenever it is not very much required. The other things I don’t do that are mentioned here. Anyways, nice information I must say.

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