For most of us girls, makeup is a necessity. We aren’t willing to stop wearing it, and if we have acne then that only means we’re going to layer on even more. Since we’re not going to stop using it anytime soon, then we need to learn how to use makeup to our benefit and not let it negatively affect our acne. So how do we accomplish this? We need to learn how to shop like a pro, choose products that truly benefit our skin conditions, and avoid the rest. Plus, we can make sure our makeup routine is acne-friendly and clean up our practices, literally! Follow these 5 steps for a truly *mistake-proof* makeup regimen that is sure to keep your skin glowing and smooth, sans red bumps and blemishes.

  1. Non-Comedogenic is Your Friend

This is probably the simplest and most effective rule you can follow, so listen closely! When looking for foundation, powder, blush and anything else that might touch your face, check for “non-comedogenic” on the label. This just means the product is non-pore clogging, which translates to happiness for your skin! If a product is missing this label, it is safe to assume it could potentially clog your pores, which can of course lead to breakouts and is exactly what you’re trying to avoid. So keep your eyes peeled for this on the label, letting you know you have the green light to purchase!

  1. Look for Fragrance-Free

The fragrance of a product is super important to us, and can potentially draw us in or turn us off completely. Fragrance can be harsh on your skin and very irritating, especially for those of us with sensitive skin. When you add in the fact that the skin on our face is the most delicate on our body, then you can really have a recipe for disaster! Luckily, there are a TON of fragrance-free products in the market. Some are specifically formulated with ingredients that cancel each other out, and leave us with zero scent whatsoever. These are personally my favorite because I hardly even notice that I am wearing them. Other fragrance free products can tend to smell chemical-like, and this is usually quite the turn off to people who are used to having pleasant smelling cosmetics. The best advice? Sniff around and find products that are fragrance-free that you can stand smelling from the bottle, and your skin will thank you.

  1. Say No to Shimmer

I am all for a little glitz and glam. In fact, a night on the town is never complete without glitter eyeliner, a shiny purse, or metallic heels. What I am not a fan of, are the ingredients used in shimmery powders, blushes, bronzers… the list goes on and on but I think you’re getting my point. Most popular ingredient to blame: mica. This seemingly harmless mineral adds the shimmer we covet to an array of our favorite beauty products. The problem arises when this jagged little particle gets stuck in our pores, irritating and inflaming them, until we are left with a full-fledge breakout. If that isn’t enough to convince you, consider this… shimmer makes features on your face stand out. That’s why we highlight our cheekbones, down the center of our nose, and under our eyebrows. If you have acne on your face, do you really want to add shimmer to it and essentially put your breakout on full display? I’m assuming you want to do the exact opposite and downplay that blemish like it doesn’t even exist.

  1. Wash After a Workout

This is a MUST! Those of us who work out a lot know how much you sweat in a gym sesh, and if you do not wash your face afterwards then all of that sweat is just sitting on your face, absorbing into your pores, and clogging them. Acne problems and working out often go hand in hand. If you get breakouts around your hairline, on your chest and back, it could very likely be attributed to sweat. Personally, I love packing makeup wipes in my gym bag because they’re quick and easy, plus they are a good reminder to never leave the gym without wiping down first.

  1. Say Yes to Clean Brushes

We’re all guilty of it. Makeup brushes that go weeks on end before we ever cleanse them. I’m not going to lie, I am satisfied with myself and feel like I deserve an award if I clean my brushes once every 2 months. Gross I know, but don’t judge me! Just think of how much buildup and grime is on your brushes after weeks of touching your face. Every time you touch your freshly cleansed face with those brushes, you’re just adding more bacteria which is super irritating to your skin. The easiest way to remember to clean your brushes is to just pick a day, Sunday for instance, and clean your brushes once a week on that lucky day.

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