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11 makeup mistakes that can cause acne

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 16 May 2018

If you struggle with acne, theres a good chance you prefer to cover up your zits with makeup as much as you can. And with so many amazing beauty products on the market, its actually pretty easy to cover acne with foundation, concealer, and other goodies without breaking the bank.But unfortunately, many of us are prone to making makeup mistakes that can make acne worse, or even cause more breakouts, without even realizing it.These seemingly-harmless habits, from using dirty makeup brushes to using products way past their prime, are things you should never do if you have acne, because you could unknowingly make your breakouts worse.Here are the 11 makeup mistakes that could be contributing to your breakouts.You're not applying makeup to a clean face.Even if you're bleary-eyed and barely awake when you're getting ready in the morning, you'll want to be sure to wash your face before putting your makeup on. Starting with a clean canvas helps remove any dirt or oils that have built up on your face."To avoid breaking out from your makeup, make sure to prep the skin using a salicylic acid-based cleanser to remove excess oil, dirt, and dead cells from the surface," advised Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. In 2017, he told Makeup.com that prepping skin with a cleanser is an easy way to keep makeup from breaking you out, which many of us might skip in the interest of saving a few precious minutes in the morning.You're not cleaning makeup brushes regularly.Think about this one for a second: When is the last time you thoroughly cleaned your makeup brushes' If you can't recall the last time your tools and applicators got a good scrub down, they're probably harboring all kinds of icky bacteria, oils, and dirt, which are doing your skin no favors.As for how often you need to clean your brushes, well, it's likely more often than you'd think. Ideally, you're cleaning them after every use, but even pros understand that isn't super realistic.As Cristina Bartolucci, celebrity makeup artist and founder of natural cosmetics line PEEK Beauty, explained to Women's Health in 2017, you should "treat the hair on your makeup brushes like the hair on your head."Wash and condition them once a week. This will keep the bacteria load down," she explained, adding, "there is nothing like the feeling of a clean soft brush on your face."For sponges, you'll want to wash with soap and hot water, squeezing until the water runs clear, Bartolucci said.You're throwing brushes in the bottom of your makeup bag.Giving your brushes a solid cleansing on the regular is all for nothing if you're not storing them properly afterwards. Even though most of us are pressed for time on busy mornings, it's crucial to give your brushes room to breathewhich definitely isn't happening in the bottom of your makeup bag.Brushes should be stored separately from makeupupside down if possibleand given plenty of wiggle room to air dry.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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