Is it safe for people with acne to use makeup?


It has been said that makeup clogs your pores, prevents your skin from breathing and makes your pimples worse but it might not be the case always. Women have known the importance of looks since a long time back.

Makeup is the easiest way to hide blemishes and improve your self-esteem. It helps in reducing acne-causing stress. It is considered to be the fastest and most reliable way to feel good about yourself when you are out and about because as a society people still value beauty and aesthetics.

stressStress is one of the main reasons for pimple breakouts. The more you try to get over acne, the more frustrated you get and your efforts will go in vain. So, makeup helps to overcome stress by hiding pimples and it’s good for your skin as well.

Several researches have been carried out to know the impact of makeup for women with acne and at the end of each study, it has been proved that applying makeup had no negative effects on acne. Women actually felt better about themselves and improved their social lives.

Here are some tips according to Japanese scientists:

  • Use Makeup designed for acne-prone skin i.e. non-comedogenic and non-irritating
  • Don’t cover your entire face with several layers of concealer. Instead, use complementary color to blend in the blemishes.
  • Use makeup to highlight and create focal points around eyes, lips or cheeks to draw the eye away from the blemishes.
  • Apply makeup that contains salicylic acid as an acne treatment


Presence of comedogenic ingredients does NOT mean the product causes acne. Some manufacturers label their products as noncomedogenic, meaning it should be safe for people with acne. But one should take the claim more as a suggestion than a guarantee.

‘Noncomedogenic’ is an unregulated term. It just means the manufacturer believes the product is safe for acne-prone skin, but they aren’t required to verify it. Many companies do test their products. After all, it damages their brand and reputation if a supposedly acne-safe products cause acne.

Follow these guidelines while choosing acne-safe products:

  • Avoid products with thick or overtly creamy texture. These are more likely to clog your pores.
  • Gels, light serums and fluids are more likely to be acne-safe than thicker products.
  • Oils don’t clog the pores but can make your skin appear greasy.
  • Avoid products that contain irritants, such as alcohols, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, lemon, grapefruit, or lime as well as natural or synthetic fragrances.

Natural and organic products

For skin with pimples, you can use natural, organic and ‘chemical-free’ make up. Whether something is natural/organic has nothing to do with the safety of the product. What really matters is whether the product is safe and effective. Some natural products are whereas some are not.

‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ are marketing terms designed to give you warm and fuzzy feelings. Using natural products does not automatically solves this problem. Many natural substances also cause hormonal disturbances. For example, phytoestrogens found in soy and some other plants are orders or magnitude more powerful than the much-maligned parabens.

Is it safe for people with acne to use makeup?

Makeup is safe if chosen carefully and used properly used. Some makeup can clog your pores and make acne worse, but that’s where careful selection and proper usage comes into play. A few studies have shown non-comedogenic and non-irritating makeup formulated for acne-prone skin is safe to use.

Anyone who has experienced it knows how stressful acne is. The shame and anxiety it puts you through, all of which further aggravates acne. Anything you can do to ease the psychological burden is going to be good for your skin, and using makeup to hide blemishes is a very effective way to do that.

Some chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products may cause hormonal disruptions but there is no clear evidence. Following the precautionary principle, it’s a good idea to minimize your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals – without getting freaked out about them.


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