Hello there. I have been watching YouTube videos this evening and happen to come across some makeup tutorials for acne prone skin.
I wanted to put my two cents out there.
Firstly, I will say that everyone is different and what worked for me may or may not work for you. I would also like to let you know that I do have some knowledge about acne and skin care not only from personal experience but because I have been a nurse for 18 years, have worked with a Dermatologist as well as Plastic Surgeons (no, I never had plastic surgery except to repair my nose from a major car accident when I was 15. It still is not repaired the way it should be because I didn’t want to go back and have any more plastic surgery). I also became wound care certified as a nurse.
1. Acne is not caused by wearing makeup.
2. Acne is not from being dirty or not cleaning your face properly.
3. Acne is not (necessarily) caused by chocolate or greasy foods.
4. Applying more makeup does NOT help cover up acne. (It makes it more noticable)
5. Acne can be caused from hormones.
6. It is a symptom of what is happening inside your body.
What to do:
1. Eating healthy is very important.
2. Know what food sensitivities you have.
3. Drink plenty of water.
4. Don’t over wash your face or use a harsh soap. I recommend Cetaphil soap. Don’t use water that is very hot.
Do not scrub your face if you are using a chemical or drug to treat acne.
5. I used prescription Differin as well as Klaron. Klaron is a topical antibiotic which I used once a day. (Don’t use if you have an allergy to Sulfa antibiotics) My skin is also sensitive so I could only use Differin (Strong Vitamin A) 3 times per week which I did at night. If you get Differin, only use a pea sized amount. More is not better. Note: it is expensive and insurance might not cover it. It costs about $100.00 per tube but that lasts a super long time.
6. If you can’t get the prescriptions you can try salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. You can spot treat if you have a few blemishes or use a thin layer on your face at night. You may have to experiment with how often to use it. Using it more may cause red or dry flaky skin. If that happens just back off.
7. Use sunscreen! You will need it even more if you are using topical anti-acne creams.
8. You still need to moisturize. Use one that is oil free or non-comodogenic (meaning won’t cause acne).
*A note about acne healing creams: When you start to use them, your face may appear worse. Do NOT fret. Actually, that is how you know they are working. The way they work (except the antibiotic) is that they help slough off the older skin cells that are on the surface to reveal the nice new “baby” cells which are underneath. (Despite popular belief, they do not make your skin less oily). Because you may have deep acne, that will come to the surface. DON’T WORRY! In a couple of weeks your skin will be greatly improved. Don’t give up or stop using the product if it appears you have more pimples in the first couple of weeks. I know it is hard because it happened to me with Differin. Also, I had to experiment with how often because, on top of having a few more pimples, my skin was getting red and flaky. If that happens, just switch to every other day or every third day but don’t wait in between any longer than that. Hang in there. It will get better. Do not be discouraged. If you are getting these “side effects” then it is working. Trust me on this one. However, if you think you are experiencing an allergy (hives) then stop the product and see a dermatologist.
As for makeup:
1. Start with a clean face and hands.
2. Moisturize with an oil free moisturizer then wait 5 minutes for it to sink in and dry.
3. Apply a thin layer of foundation by patting it in with a moistened beauty blender. (If you have extreme redness you can use a color corrector first). Using a brush will cause tiny pieces of skin to pop up and become noticeable whereas “patting” it in smooths everything down.
4. If you are using a good foundation you shouldn’t need concealer.
5. Press in a very fine translucent powder. You can use a dry sponge applicator to pat it in as you did the foundation. This will mattify your skin and keep the foundation in place.
6. If your face gets oily throughout the day you can use blotting papers. An alternative to blotting papers is taking toilet paper and peeling it apart so it is only one layer and gently patting that over the oily areas to soak up the oil. Plain white tissue paper cut into small squares ahead of time work well also.
7. Don’t touch your face throughout the day.
8. Don’t use a magnifying mirror because it promotes picking. Besides, no one is going to be that close to examine your skin.
9. If you HAVE to extrude a pimple, use an extruder made for that purpose. Then apply something like a toner and leave it the heck alone. You don’t want a scar on top of everything else. A pimple will go away a lot faster than a scar ever will. Some scars will never go away.
Above is an acne extruder. I got mine from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They sell them online as well.
(Above is just a cute natural makeup look)
There is a lot of false information out there. I hope this may help someone. I suffered from acne myself and understand. It is embarrassing because people can be judgmental and cruel. But guess what? Those are not people you want in your life anyway. And being that way is THEIR problem, not ours.
Beauty truly does come from the inside. But feeling confident is so important to our well-being. It is hard to ignore the pictures of beautiful models with perfect (ie airbrushed) skin. Luckily more models are showing their real selves in public and photos. Hopefully one day we can get rid of the idea of beauty being thin, perfectly proportioned face and flawless skin.
Because let’s get real…who do we know in real life who has never had a pimple? Or cellulite? Or gained a few pounds? It happens to the best of us.
The best we can do is to embrace people who do not fit that idealized version of beauty and see them for who they really are on the inside as well as appreciate their unique features on the outside. Whether it is freckles, a crooked smile, chubby cheeks or big ears. It’s all good!
Change starts with us! And while you’re loving others, love yourself too!
Celebrities with and without makeup. See? They look just like everybody else!
Klaron can be worn under makeup in the morning. I used an oil free moisturizer with sunscreen on top of it. I applied a thin layer of Klaron then waited for it to dry first. Then applied moisturizer. Then waited for the mositurizer to dry before applying makeup. It only took a few minutes for each to dry.
I used Differin at night after I washed my face with Cetaphil face soap. I made sure my face was dried thoroughly before applying a pea sized amount. Because you need so little, I applied the pea sized amount to one finger then dabbed it all around my face lightly before spreading it around with the tips of my fingers.
Do you have any other tips that have worked for you that you would like to share?
Hugs to you!
I have to say that I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose or prescribe anything. Please see your own doctor for professional medical advice. These are tips and tricks that have worked for me that you may ask your personal physician about. Good luck!