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Ah, acne. We thought we had completely broken up with you when we finished high school. But sadly, like a particularly annoying ex-boyfriend, you keep coming around to annoy us—even though we’re well into our adult years.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 40-50 million people in the United States will experience acne at some point in their lives. The AAD also states that a growing number of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, have experienced acne, as well. (And you thought wrinkles and dark spots were the only things you had to look forward to as you got older!)
Dealing with adult acne? We know how frustrating it is to wake up with a blemish (or a face full of them). Your first instinct is probably to grab a handful of foundation and concealer to mask the spots—but it’s important to pick the right makeup products. Keep reading to find out how to pick the right foundation for acne-prone skin.
Now that you have the low-down on what could be happening with your skin, it’s time to determine what you can do to help reduce the chances of—or at least minimize the appearance of of—your breakouts. Get yourself in the game by outlining a skin care routine that’s easy to follow every day. Ready to take a step in the right direction towards clearer-looking skin? Start by follow these tips:
1. Upgrade your cleansing routine. Consider adding a cleanser that is formulated with an acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid, which can help to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, to your daily routine.
2. Don’t skip the moisturizer. Oftentimes, you might think that moisturizer will only add to your skin issues if you have oily-looking or acne-prone skin. This isn’t necessarily true. When you wash your face and don’t moisturize after, your skin reacts by producing more oil to make up for what’s lost during the cleansing process, which can contribute to your oily-looking or acne-prone skin. You definitely don’t want to risk dehydrating your skin, and you can help reduce the appearance of excess oil by moisturizing after cleansing, so when you’re searching for a moisturizer, look for one with an oil-free, lightweight formula.
3. Blot, blot, blot. Ever seen girls in the bathroom, patting little, colored sheets against their skin and wondering what in the world they were doing? Nope, they’re not wiping away tears. They’re blotting excess oil from the surface of their skin to help maintain a flawlessly matte look! Blotting papers can come in handy during moments when you can’t fully wash your face since they help remove the appearance of excess oil and shine.
4. Don’t underestimate the power of masking. In addition to being relaxing to use, face masks can provide skin care benefits, too. Since pores that are clogged with dirt, oil, or makeup can lead to breakouts, opt for a face mask that has the ability to help absorb excess oil. Consider trying the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Masks line, which comes in three versions: Exfoliate & Refining, Detox & Brighten, and Purify & Mattify. Each mask is formulated with pure clay to address different skin issues. To use, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, avoiding the lip and eye area. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. Use up to three times a week.
5. Use non-comedogenic makeup. Not sure what non-comedogenic means? Allow us to explain: Non-comedogenic makeup is makeup that is formulated to reduce the chances of clogging pores.
6. Always remove your makeup before bed. No matter how tired you are, it’s important to take off whatever makeup you’re wearing before you hit the hay. A gentle option for removing makeup: micellar water. Popular in France for years, micellar water is now gaining buzz stateside. Micellar water is formulated with tiny micelles—oil molecules—suspended in a solution to help gently lift makeup, dirt, and oil up and away from your skin’s surface. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. To use, saturate a cotton pad and hold the pad over your eyes for a few seconds before wiping.
We get that when you have zits, you want to cover them up. But you don’t want your makeup clogging your pores either. Enter: non-comedogenic foundation. Here are two worth considering:
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Compact Makeup: Available in 18 shades, this foundation doesn’t contain oils, pore-clogging fillers, or heavy textures.
How to apply it: Smooth the foundation over your skin using a sponge, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, blending it out towards your hairline and down. (Bonus: This foundation is also formulated with SPF 17, which is so important to use if you’ll be out in the sun.)
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Foundation Makeup: This foundation is formulated with Precise Match™ Technology to help you match your skin tone. It’s also free of oils, fragrances, and pore-clogging fillers.
How to apply it: Dab the foundation onto your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, blend it out towards your hairline and down. You can then set the foundation with a translucent powder.