Have you been putting on makeup a lot lately? Perhaps your sin is at risk of getting acne cosmetica. Not to worry, it’s not a new version of acne, just the kind that you need to watch out, especially when you use a lot of makeup on a daily basis. Read on!

Actually, acne cosmetica is similar like a common pimple that forms on your skin, with the reason it happens comes solely when makeup residue gets build up within the hair follicle, clogging, and causing a big gunk within the pore. And as the oil flow gets blocked, the acne form up, pretty much what a common pimple would except that it’s due to the makeup you’re wearing.

Plus acne cosmetica also apply to small bumps spread out all over your face, giving a rough texture and bumpy appearance.

Blaming it all to your makeup products won’t certainly do any justice, hence it’s best to identify which product is causing unnecessary bumps onto your skin. Here’s how:

Watch up for any uneven and/or bumpy surface, comedones, or teeny pimples that might indicate its acne cosmetica and take note of the area where acne cosmetica spread and forms. If it forms somewhere around the eye (say, milia) and upper cheek might indicate eye creams and eye shadows may be the cause; hairline ‘infested’ with acne cosmetica is a telltale sign that your hair care and styling products are a bit harsh for your skin, while the rest of the face (nose, chin, forehead) can only mean your moisturizer, primers, and foundations is the one to blame.

After you identify the location where acne cosmetica props up, it’s essential to narrow down the formulations used for each associated product. Typically, look for any pore-clogging ingredients like petrolatum or petroleum-based ingredients, isopropyl esters, and oleic acid to name a few. If there’s any of them, it’s a good idea to toss them out for good (yes, it’s applicable to makeup products too).

It’s also a good idea to opt of cosmetics labeled as ‘non-comedogenic’ as it’s always a good chance that the products won’t affect your skin in the wrong way. For a better alternative with a peace of mind, mineral makeup is the way to go as they’re highly pigmented and the minerals used certainly won’t be clogging the pores!

While we’re at it, be extra vigilant to practice good hygiene habits when using makeup products and tools as there’s always a chance that you’ll be spreading germs all around – wash and sanitize makeup brushes and puffs, storing jars and containers appropriately, and keeping your hands clean before, during, and after doing your makeup.

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