Cosmetic removal is probably not your favorite part of the day if you have acne-prone skin. In fact, you may even have a love/hate relationship with makeup in general. Applying it can be tricky on its own, but removing makeup when you have acne also requires thoughtfulness. There’s a lot of information out there with specific tips, but they all boil down to these 3 cosmetic removal musts.
Remove Every Cosmetic Every Night
This may seem obvious, but it can’t be overstated – especially when you have acne. Skin that breaks out is skin that’s clogged. When you leave your makeup on overnight, your pores just become denser, increasing bacteria and sebum levels and worsening breakouts.
Cosmetic Removal: Only Use Gentle, Oil-Free Cleansers
Ditch products with a long list of ingredients and chemical formulations. You also want to avoid oil-based cleansers and moisturizers if you have acne. Why? Because the root of acne is excessive sebum – AKA oil – production. Instead, select gentle cleansers like the Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam or their Liquid Face & Body Wash. You want a soap-free cleanser that will handle bad bacteria without stripping your skin of its natural protective barrier. These kinds of cleansers break down the makeup without breaking down your skin. Can I get a high five?
Always Go Alcohol Free
It may make sense to use toners and cleansers with alcohol in them if your skin is acne-prone because it’s likely super oily, too. Logic says that an astringent like alcohol will cut through those oily skin layers, right? Sort of. In small amounts, toners with alcohol like the Sebamed Clear Face Deep Cleansing Facial Toner can be helpful in purifying your pores.
However, when used in large amounts – such as when you’re removing cosmetics with a product that’s largely formulated with alcohol – it can be counterproductive. Alcohol can make breakouts worse by irritating the skin and – rather counter intuitively, I know – end up causing more oil production. To avoid this unpleasantness, go low or alcohol free with cosmetic removers like the VISIO Gentle Cleansing Milk and Gentle Toner (alcohol free) from Sebamed.