We've all got that one friend who gets compliments on her skin, even though she's never had a bad skin day in her life. It's frustrating... but while you're on the road to getting that flaw-free skin, it's best to choose products designed to not irritate or cause breakouts.
Dealing with sensitive skin? Trying to tackle acne? We've got makeup solutions. Whether your skin has suddenly changed due to hormones or allergies, or you’ve been having issues for years, there's makeup for you.
There are plenty of gorgeous products out there with exciting promises, but cosmetics aren’t one-size-fits-all. If you want to find a fix for your skin, you need to find a product that’s been made for you and your unique needs.
Here's everything you need to know about finding the perfect makeup for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Let’s talk about 'normal' skin. Although you might see a lot of makeup products for normal skin, this skin type is a myth! Everyone has some complexion issue, whether it’s dry patches, sensitivity, acne, or any number of other concerns. Here’s how to deal with TRULY normal skin—meaning skin that's sensitive or acne-prone.
If your skin is easily irritated, it’s important to treat it with extra TLC. This means finding the right ingredients, avoiding certain products, creating the right routine, and following the right schedule.
One of the most common mistakes that women make is using makeup with salicylic acid - normally this will be in the form of medicated concealer. Although these actives are considered the gold standards in fighting breakouts and can do worlds of good when used correctly, such ingredients can be too much for sensitive skin, especially if they're used in areas that aren't affected by breakouts or applied before going into the sun. It might seem counterintuitive, but over-drying the skin can actually cause breakouts. Focus on keeping your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, especially during the day. Your makeup will look so much better for it!
When it comes to choosing makeup for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are generally better. The more items you see on the ingredients list, the more likely you are to deal with irritation. Look for labels that say 'allergy-tested' or 'dermatologist-tested'. If you get a new product, dot it on your skin and wait 24 hours to see if there’s any irritation. This goes double for primers and foundations - they're going to be covering your skin all day, so make sure it's right for you!