Before applying any makeup to your acne-prone skin, you need to prepare it. If you have oily skin, your makeup probably melts off during the day or gets streaky and blotchy. On drier skin, the makeup starts creasing or caking, especially if you touch it up and apply more concealer during the day. By following these steps, your makeup will last longer and look better throughout the day.
Step 1: Cleanse
Use your preferred cleanser to gently wash your face. Make sure you’ve removed all traces of makeup at the end of the day. Sometimes that means using a makeup remover followed by a gentle cleanser. Don’t use any harsh scrubs, scrubbing sponges, or washcloths. They will irritate your acne and make it worse. Use plenty of lukewarm water to rinse off all of the cleanser. Gently pat your skin dry. Now you are ready for any acne treatments you are using.
Step 2: Treat
Apply your acne treatments as you have been directed by your dermatologist or the
product directions. Some treatments need to be applied to all areas where you typically
get acne. Others are only meant to be applied on areas where you have breakouts or
pimples. Any treatment product should be allowed to dry completely before moving to the
next step, moisturizer.
Step 3: Moisturize
First, wash your hands to remove any traces of your acne treatment so that it doesn’t mix
directly with your moisturizer, which can affect the texture. Next, put a small amount of
moisturizer on your palm and rub your hands lightly together. Then pat your hands over
your face to cover all areas that need moisture.
How much you moisturize your acne-prone skin depends entirely on your skin type. If you
have oily skin, use only oil-free moisturizers and apply a very small amount, especially on
areas that are broken out or particularly oily. Dryer skin will need a slightly heavier or a
greater amount of moisturizer.
Experiment on what amount feels right to you. Your skin should feel comfortable, not too
tight and not too greasy. If you put on too much moisturizer it will clog your pores more,
whether the bottle says it’s non-comedogenic or not. Too little moisturizer will cause dry
skin cells to block your pores or cause you to overproduce oil to compensate for the
dryness. Either way, your acne gets worse.
Step 4: Let it set
Allow your moisturizer to settle for a minute or two before applying your concealer and foundation. You can start applying your eye makeup while your skin absorbs the moisturizer. Now you are ready to apply concealer and foundation.
As we review more acne skin care products, we will provide recommendations on what works best for different skin types and different types of acne. In the meantime, take a look at the Murad 30 Day Acne Complex Kit. I have used a couple of their products in the past, including the Murad Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel and the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, and have had good results with mild acne.
Check out our Product Reviews, where we do frequent reviews of the best makeup for acne prone skin and good acne skincare. Or, go straight to the Makeup for Acne Store, which sells products designed specifically for acne prone skin as well as products that are safe for people with acne.