What Happens When You Cover Pimples With Makeup

We've all been there: You're cursed with a bad pimple that seems like it just won't go away. After letting it be and avoiding popping it, perhaps you decide to apply concealer on top to hide it from the public eye. Is that an OK move? If you've ever wondered whether it's bad to cover your pimples with makeup, I've got the dirty truth.

According to Web MD, it might not be the best choice. "Today, we use makeup to camouflage our pimples, but applying layer after layer of cover-up when you have acne isn't necessarily the best approach. Makeup can be very good at hiding pimples, but it can also accentuate zits if you use the wrong kind of concealer or slather it on too thickly." Whether you're using the wrong kind of concealer or you just need to let your pimple breathe, leaving your pimple makeup-free could be the best option.

If your pimple is small and on it's way out, my feeling is that it's OK to cover it up so long as you are extremely careful in choosing and applying the right products. When applying makeup to already irritated skin, there are a few steps to keep in mind so that you don't irritate it even more.

Wash Your Face Before & After

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Making sure your skin is clean is extremely important before putting any kind of makeup on your pimple and also when removing it. Leaving extra dirt or grime on your skin and then applying makeup over it will make your skin even worse. The same goes for leaving it on for longer than it needs to be. Use a face wash and moisturizer that works best for your skin, and then apply your makeup gently.

Use Noncomedogenic Makeup

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Many dermatologists recommend using noncomedogenic makeup to avoid further clogging your pores, especially when using it on pimples. Exposed Skincare explains, "Noncomedogenic products are less likely to clog the pores, which can reduce oil and bacteria buildup that leads to acne, inflammation, and scars."

Try Medicated Makeup

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If you want makeup that's more geared towards acne-prone skin, using medicated makeup could be another option for you. Try finding foundations and concealers that include certain ingredients that can help treat your skin.

Apply Wisely

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Remember, it's still product that you're applying on top of your pimple, so try to not over-apply. Make sure to cover up with a small amount. Web MD explained, "Heavy makeup or other cosmetic products that block pores may cause a flare-up of acne."

Know What’s Best For Your Skin

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When it comes down to it, talk to your dermatologist about figuring what makeup products are best for you. Web MD suggested, "Read the ingredients — the very first one should be water. Mineral-based cosmetics contain added ingredients like silica, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide, which both absorb oil and hide redness without irritating skin and causing pimples."

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