[By Cynthia Lee Ellis]
Treating acne takes time as there is no treatment or pill that will allow one to regain clear, flawless skin miraculously overnight. While we are waging war against comedones and pimples, we still want to look and feel good about ourselves. Looking great while getting your acne cleared isn’t as hard as it seems. When applied correctly with the right products and techniques, makeup will help to address your blemishes, giving you a look that is polished and not “cakey”. One of the commonest beauty mistakes made is to apply a ton of make-up in a desperate attempt to hide angry looking zits on acne prone skin. When it comes to covering spots and splotches, less is definitely more. Here’s a round-up of 5 useful makeup tips that’ll come in handy for acne prone skin with blemishes to hide, bearing in mind to “lighten up” while you are “covering up”.
Put on your reading glasses
Women with acne prone skin need to take extra care to avoid products that can actually further worsen pre-existing acne. It is therefore of great importance to be aware of what ingredients go on to your face to avoid further damage to your delicate skin.Scan through labels carefully for words like non-comedogenic (means they won’t clog pores) and oil-free.
Always go for makeup with the simplest and most natural ingredients as many of the chemicals found in over the counter brands often contain toxins that can work against the steps you’re taking to clear up your skin. Opt for pure mineral makeup whenever possible.
Ditch the liquid foundation
A lot of women are under the misconception that traditional liquid foundation gives better coverage to skin riddled with pesky pimples. Try switching to mineral ones instead as they are often free of fragrances, parabens, preservatives and chemical dyes which can cause skin irritation. Non liquid foundation don’t lose out on adequate coverage as long as they are applied correctly and this is how you should go about with your makeup routine.
First, prep your skin with a natural, lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer such as SW1 HOLOGRAM Pore Minimizing Skin Primer which allows your foundation to hold to your skin better for a fresh and touchable look. With optimal amounts of vitamins A, C and E in its freshest and most absorbable forms for superb hydration, added illuminating skin primers which deflect light to lend skin a diffuse soft focus effect make HOLOGRAM an excellent makeup primer, giving you a polished, matte finish against the dreaded mid-day shine. Acting as an invisible veil for the skin, HOLOGRAM lifts, tones and seals in moisture, protecting skin against pollution and free radical damage while exerting its complexion enhancing prowess for the desired effect.
Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 is an award winning mineral foundation that has been giving women (and men) natural-looking coverage for over 20 years. Available in 30 different shades, from light to dark, there should be one that matches your skin tone to a T. This genius makeup gem is specially created for acne prone skin, formulated without parabens, binders or fillers with only 5 mineral ingredients to provide buildable, sheer-to-full coverage with a naturally luminous finish. To round it up, added Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are physical UV repellents providing an additional SPF15 with no added chemicals, over and above your usual sunscreen used.
Go light with the powder
As appealing as powder may seem, tread lightly here as large amount of powder will clog up pores which doesn’t allow your skin to breathe. Instead, dust on a loose serving of MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural with a choice of 18 shades. Don’t be fooled by the weightless feel of this ultra-light translucent powder as it works its magic by providing adequate coverage while performing extra-heavy skin protection duties at the same time. This effective powder offers the goodness of MAC signature mineral complex with a whopping 77 minerals, and is also enriched with Vitamin E. This compact has a slowly baked dome face powder with low-level pearlized pigments spreading evenly without adding shine to your skin for a polished, dimensional finish. Likewise, go light on your concealer. It may seem like the best secret weapon to cover up blemishes but can actually worsen the situation by clogging up pores or draw attention if it’s applied too heavy handedly. An insider’s trick is to dab on lightly an oil-free concealer with a makeup brush or sponge. Avoid using fingers because they can carry dirt and bacteria and rubbing can induce further inflammatory response of angry red zits.
Makeup off before bedtime
While it may seem like a no-brainer, one of the worst makeup mistakes that is all too common is sleeping with your makeup on. No matter how long your day is, make sure you use a proper makeup remover to take away all traces of your daytime warpaint properly before hitting the sack if you are aiming for a zit-free mien. The SW1 NAKED Black Orchid Milk Makeup Remover is a silky, gentle makeup remover with a milky texture that immediately conditioned skin as it cleanses away unwanted makeup and other surface impurities, leaving skin thoroughly cleansed and supple after use. With a lightweight, non-foaming formulation that’s enriched with black orchid extracts known for their anti-aging and beautifying properties, NAKED helps maintain clarity and elasticity of healthy-looking skin by removing all traces of environmental and external pollutants efficiently without stripping complexions of moisture, a little pre-sleep skincare routine that goes a long way in helping to improve one’s complexion towards zit-free days ahead.
Makeup free days
“Make it a point to find at least one day a week to allow your skin to just take a breather without piling on your foundation, powder and concealer,” encourages Dr. Toby Hui, senior medical consultant from the SW1 Clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic). “If you can, try wearing less and less makeup till full coverage is a thing of the past, as this will definitely help to speed up the healing process of your skin while undergoing any form of medical therapy aimed at providing long term clearance of blemished complexions”
The Purity Program is a comprehensive approach to tackle moderate to severe acne from various angles, using proven and FDA-approved modalities. The VBeam Perfecta diode laser effectively tackles inflammation and red, angry looking lesions, i-Clear photobiomodulation targets the clearance of acne causing P. bacterium, while Exilis Lift which engages radiofrequency waves as a source of therapeutic energy penetrates deep into the dermis to help regulate sebum production from the over-active oil glands. Working cooperatively in a synergistic manner, these scientifically proven modalities aim to provide a long term solution to keep breakouts in check and restore clarity to troubled skins. A side benefit of the Purity Program is the positive impact on moderate acne scars and fine lines in the long run, secondary to the collagen and elastin boosting capacity of RF waves that is harnessed as the energy source by Exilis Lift. With these super-duper trio giving you a double whammy skin rescue, this comprehensive treatment plan is as close to 100% patient satisfaction as one can get, restoring and refining flushed, stubborn blemished complexions with dazzling satisfaction.