Prevent Acne at iVillage Beauty & Style

I always end up with acne and blemishes whenever I apply makeup to my face. Help!

It's not fair, is it? The better the condition of your skin, the better makeup will look on it -- but the less you need it! If you have a tendency to get acne or blemishes after applying makeup, it's possible that the product you're using is making it worse. Or it could be that the tools or applicators you're using are not clean, thus spreading bacteria around. So:

  • Make sure your hands are clean. For example, if you've just pet your dog or taken out the garbage, you don't want to dip the same hand into your foundation or cream concealer. (Yech!!!) Always wash up first!
  • Be sure to clean your makeup brushes regularly. You can wash them with regular shampoo, but be sure to rinse well, as soap residue can irritate the skin. The same goes for velour powder puffs and foundation sponges; these must be washed or replaced regularly.
  • Keep your makeup containers tightly closed (so that dust doesn't get in) and store them in a cool, dry environment, as heat and humidity can promote the growth of bacteria.
  • Cleanse your skin with an acne-fighting product and use an oil-free moisturizer.
  • Use products that say oil-free on the label.

Deborah's Recommended Products:

Murad Acne Prone Skin Formula
Contains salicylic, retinal, and glycolic acids to combat acne.
Price: $48
Available: (800) 33-MURAD, Sephora,

Murad Acne Management Gel Moisturizer
Cleanses and reduces oil.
Price: $32
Available: (800) 33-MURAD, Sephora,

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