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Misconception: Makeup causes acne.

Misconception: Makeup causes acne.

In the realm of skincare, there are numerous misconceptions. Some are grounded in truth, while others are inaccurate. What is the reality behind the claim: does makeup cause acne? We explain what you need to know on this matter.

Published February 14, 2024, by Sandrine, Scientific Editor — 4 min read

A few words on acne.

Acne is achronic inflammatory diseasethat presents itself through the emergence of spots on the face and/or body. The causes of acne are numerous: genetics, hormonal fluctuations, stress, or even the intake of certain medications. It generally affects teenagers but also adults.

The primary reason for consultation with a dermatologist, acne can lead to a lack of self-confidence and genuine psychological distress. Makeup can be a solution to better cope with acne by concealing it. But are makeup and acne truly compatible?

Does makeup really cause acne?

"Makeup exacerbates acne, one should not apply makeup if they have acne."

You've likely heard this kind of statement if you have acne-prone skin, and you're wondering whether to believe it.

In certain cases, this is true. The onset and/or worsening of acne can be linked to the use of unsuitable cosmetic products; this is then referred to as cosmetic acne. Among the products to avoid, we can mention comedogenic makeup. Indeed, this type of makeup clogs the pores responsible for the formation of comedones (blackheads). Here is a list of comedogenic ingredients to avoid that are incompatible with oily or acne-prone skin or those that already have problems and clogged pores:

  • The animal waxes: Beeswax (cire d’abeille) and Lanolin (lanoline);

  • Some mineral oils and waxes derived from hydrocarbons: Paraffinum Liquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Synthetic Wax, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ceresin Wax, etc... ;

  • Some vegetable oils and butters: Triticum Vulgare or Wheat Germ Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Coco Nucifera or Coconut Butter, Cocoa Butter or Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa Butter), Butyspermum Parkii or Shea Butter, Rosa Canina or Rosehip Oil, Castor Oil, etc... ;

  • The gums and resins : Carageenan (Carrageenan), Algin (Sodium Alginate), Xanthan, etc...

  • Certain fatty esters : Particularly derivatives of stearic and oleic acids or even isopropyl myristate, the unsaponifiables, squalanes and squalenes, etc...

Makeup and acne: how to prevent the occurrence of spots?

Applying makeup with acne-prone skin is entirely possible, but it requires adopting certain practices:

  • Use a non-comedogenic makeup that helps to prevent the clogging of pores and thus worsening of acne. The light formula of our tinted serum does not clog pores, thereby preventing the formation of blemishes.

  • Do not neglect makeup removal ! The accumulation of particles at the pore level can play a role in acne by causing skin inflammation. Therefore, makeup removal is an essential step for having healthy skin. We recommend the double cleansing method to purify your skin from makeup and sunscreen particles. Our purifying double cleanse (purifying cleansing gel + makeup removal balm) allows for gentle makeup removal, then frees the skin from impurities that clog the pores. The skin is cleansed and rebalanced.

  • Makeup brushes and sponges are real breeding grounds for bacteria! Remember to clean them regularly.


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