Is It Safe to Wear Makeup Over Acne? A Complete Guide

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If you are suffering of acne, there’s a high chance you like to cover up your zits with makeup. Plus, with so many awesome beauty products available in the market, it’s actually quite simple to hide acne. After all, we deserve to look beautiful all the time.

But does wearing makeup over acne make it worse? Can it actually lead to more breakouts?

Well, this article contains the answer to all your questions. So, continue reading to understand when it’s safe to apply makeup over a breakout and when it’s not. Plus, the article even contains some great guidelines on how you can use makeup even when you have acne.

Is it Safe to Wear Makeup Over Acne?

The simple answer to this question is no! Several dermatologists recommend people to avoid applying makeup on their acne. Doing so can aggravate the acne even further. In fact, some makeup products contain ingredients that can clog up your pores, resulting in more inflammation and making the breakout last longer

You need to avoid makeup if your pimple is bleeding or oozing. Ideally, you should wait for a couple of days for your pimple to clear up. Once, it’s gone, you can apply as much makeup as you like!

How to Apply Makeup Over Acne?

In some cases, you might be left with no option but to hide your acne with makeup. In such situations, there are a few tips you need to follow to ensure that you apply makeup safely.

Treat Your Acne 

Skincare always precedes makeup. With a good skincare routine, you suffer from any breakouts, and so you won’t feel the need to cover up your acne with makeup.

Some of the best dermatologist-recommended ingredients to treat acne are products that contain one or more of the following ingredients.

  • Benzoyl peroxide (fights bacteria that causes acne)
  • Adapalene (unclogs pores)
  • Salicylic acid (unclogs pores)(MD, 2003)

Choose Makeup Suitable for Acne 

The best makeup products for acne skin are oil-free and light-weight. And most importantly, they are non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic makeup products are those that are free of ingredients that can clog pores.

Unfortunately, there is no industry regulation for the word ‘non-comedogenic.’ Brands can simply add this label to their products without performing any test to determine if the product truly doesn’t close pores.

The good news is that you yourself can check the ingredient list carefully to see if the product is non-comedogenic like it claims to be.
Some common skin ingredients that can clog pores include coconut oil, acetylated lanolin, isopropyl myristate, petrolatum, and myristyl myristate.  

Remove Your Makeup

You need to remove all your makeup before you go to bed. Make sure to use an oil-free makeup remover and don’t scrub your face while removing makeup.

Keep Your Makeup Brushes Clean

Make sure to clean your makeup brushes once a week and don’t share them with anyone else. Even though acne cannot be transmitted, from one person to the other, dead skin cells, acne-causing bacteria, and sebum from other people’s skin can cling to your makeup brushes.

If you share makeup brushes, these harmful acne-causing germs can spread to your skin and result in more breakouts.

Last Few Words

If you have acne, there’s no need for you to feel ashamed about it or slather on makeup to hide it. Remember, if you consistently wear makeup over acne, your acne can even worsen. So, make sure to give your skin a break and let it breathe!

 (1) Lee, Ho‐Sup, and Il‐Hwan Kim. “Salicylic Acid Peels for the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris in Asian Patients.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 11 Dec. 2003,





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