Whenever I spot a zit on my face, a concealer is my go-to solution. Cover it up so that it goes undetected by the human eye, and I am so sure that I have many like-minded comrades out there. (Yes, you!) But, is that really what is best for our skin?
It is always a dilemma — that pesky pimple is unsightly and I want to hide it, but on the other hand, I know that I should avoid makeup to allow it to heal fast as well. Is it really true that I should avoid makeup when I have acne? What if I have an important event to attend, or I have to head out to meet a client?
Contrary to popular belief, you can wear makeup when you have acne. However, you need to be careful about your makeup selection. Dr. Colin Theng, Consultant, Dermatologist from The Skin Specialist & Laser Clinic said, “You should select your makeup carefully and choose products that are non-comedogenic or oil-free so that it will not clog the pores. When applying the makeup, do it gently to avoid irritating the skin. When removing the makeup, use a gentle cleanser and gently wash it instead of scrubbing it off.”
Try Cetaphil® PRO Acne Prone Oil Control Foam Wash ($32.90) if you are looking for a cleanser that is suitable for acne-prone skin. It cleanses deeply yet gently, removing up to 98% of excess oil and leaving the skin supple and soft. It is clinically proven to help reduce shine, blemishes and irritation. More than 90% of patients who used the Cetaphil® PRO Acne Prone Oil Control Foam Wash for 28 days felt that it soothed the irritation from acne treatment, while more than 91% felt that it helped skin appear less oily.
Dr. Theng also shared that it is useful to use moisturisers when you have acne, but you should choose moisturisers that are light-textured, oil-free and non-comedogenic. Many topical medications for acne can cause skin irritation and applying a moisturiser after helps to reduce the irritation. Moisturising the skin regularly is also important to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce irritation.