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Are Your Makeup Brushes Causing Acne

11996398 - brushes for a make-upIf you are acne prone you already know by now that there are many different causes of getting breakouts.

Diet, lifestyle and certain skincare products can have a major effect on your skin. But there is one thing that you are probably not even paying attention to but overtime could be causing you breakouts.

The connection between makeup and acne isn’t always so obvious. You could be using the most skin-friendly makeup line out there and still end up with blemishes. That’s because how you apply your makeup matters, too.

Everything on Your Makeup Brushes Affects Your Skin

First, I want to clear up a common myth. Wearing foundation every day isn’t naturally bad for your skin as long as you choose a formula free from pore-clogging ingredients. As technology advancing and formulas becoming more skin friendly we have more and more choices to choose acne safe, noncomedogenic foundations.

Nowadays there are some very sophisticated formulas out there that can actually calm irritated, inflamed skin and also protect you from UV exposure. While the foundation isn’t a substitute for sunscreen, it does offer an added layer of sun protection. This is just another benefit of wearing an acne safe mineral makeup.

One of the main causes of acne is a combination of excess skin oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. This is where your makeup brushes come in.

According to Huffington Post, only 61 percent of women wash their makeup brushes once a month and 22 percent of women don’t clean them at all.

Yes, every morning after cleansing and moisturizing, 61 percent of women use a foundation brush contaminated with dust, bacteria and sticky old makeup.

Your brushes don’t just deposit makeup onto your skin, they also pick up those nasty oils, skin cells, and bacteria. And that gunk builds up every time you use the brush, creating the perfect breeding ground for more acne-causing bacteria.

If you use your brushes too many times between cleanings, and they’ll start re-despositing impurities back onto your skin. These impurities are then left sitting on your skin all day, which can result in clogged pores and breakouts.


Clean Brushes, Clear Skin

To weaken the link between your makeup and your breakouts, the simple solution is to wash your brushes weekly or, at a minimum of once a month.

For thoroughly clean brushes, I recommend to:

1, Use the palm of your hand, pour some gentle cleanser into your palm and swirl the brush around and massage it with your fingers until the makeup breaks down.

2, Hold the brush under running water until the dirty water coming out of the brush becomes clear.

3, Hold the brush upright because you don’t want water to drip down the ferrule and damage your brushes.

4, To let your brushes dry, do not stand them upright in a pot. Squeeze the water from the brushes and lay them on a paper towel to dry.

In the morning your brushes will look and smell clean allowing you to apply your makeup flawlessly.

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Choosing the right makeup for acne prone skin is essential for keeping your skin clear. With the right choice of products and skin care routine, you will be able to enjoy today’s beauty trends without breakouts.

If you are serious about getting clear acne free skin please visit an acne specialist, get on a good home care program and you don’t have to worry about pimples anymore.

Do you need expert skin care advice from an Acne Specialist? Schedule your appointment for a consultation to get the personalized advice on products and treatments that are right for you.

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© 2016 Nikolett Ivanyi, Envision Acne Center

Please note that all blog posts and content created by Envision Acne and Skincare Center are not intended to be used as medical advice or as a substitute for it and are designed for your information and educational awareness only. We always recommend that you consult with a medical practitioner regarding any health or skincare issues you have, as they may wish to carry out a full health assessment before recommending you to a licensed aesthetician and acne professional.


I help women clear up their acne without medications and change their life by transforming their skin.

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