Does Modeling Makeup Cause Acne to “Act Up”?

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If you are concerned about your skin, then read this advice about acne and makeup to “clear” up a few myths.

It’s a fact that female models use makeup – and lots of it during a shooting session. My models are no different. I’ve been asked the question;

“Does modeling makeup cause outbreaks in acne?”

so I decided to do a bit of research. Here’s what I found out.

Acne and Makeup – Friend or Foe?

While researching this, my final answer is of course — YES! There are so many ways a beauty product can cause acne to break out.

Mixing Cosmetics – Be Careful!

Sometimes makeup causes acne because the model uses too many different products at one time.

There is an article from Life Script that states:

“Switching products or adding a new one before giving it a chance to work “challenges your skin with new preservatives and active ingredients, which can be irritating and cause breakouts,” – Manhattan-based dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at NYU Medical Center.” (


Baby Your Skin – Don’t Aggravate Your Acne with Makeup!

When using makeup, no matter if it’s for street wear or a photo shoot you need to allow  your skin time to adjust to the cosmetics.

So, instead of testing out a bunch of new beauty products all at once, try to use one type of makeup, see the results and then consider more options.

Natural Makeup Choice for Acne Sufferers

When buying makeup try to choose items that are organic and as natural as possible. One of the favorite and easily available brands is Physician’s Formula which has an organic line of beauty products. The packaging normally comes in a  beige or green color.

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Watch What You Eat

With that said, if your goal is really to create that beautiful and healthy skin, it helps to be patient, drink lots of water, and eat a healthy diet – including vegetables and fruit.

A Doctor’s View

Paul Jarrod Frank in the Life Script article is  quoted for saying that patients switching products suffer from acne and other skin conditions,

‘“I have patients who have acne because they switch between four or five different acne creams or use an astringent, facial wash and spot cream, all with acne-fighting ingredients,” Frank says. “This tears their skin apart.”’


Let Your Natural Beauty Glow

What I am starting to find with my models and makeup use is that less is always better. Okay, I know it has to be a bit heavier for the lights and camera but you can still use cosmetics in moderation.

Some Examples are:

1. Use a tinted moisturizer instead of that heavy foundation.

2. Use a lip stain instead of that lipstick.

3. Use a spoon to curl your lashes rather than applying drying clumping mascara.

Another Makeup Alternative

If you do not want to only use all natural beauty products, there is another option:

“Noncomedogenic makeup does not contain ingredients known to clog the pores. Reducing the amount of pore blockages is a good start when treating acne.”

Cleanliness Counts!

We’ve talked about the kinds of makeup and products you can consider using – now I want to remind you to clean your brushes!

Acne.About.Com writes,

“Half of the fight against blemishes is reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria on your skin. And makeup brushes and applicators are bacteria magnets.”

It’s best to thoroughly wash your brushes every single week:

Your brushes for applying makeup should be cleaned with antimicrobial soap several times weekly, and thoroughly spray them with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol each time you use them at home or at your photography session.

Cosmetic Product Types and Acne

Make sure you do some research and really know the products you use, because they can affect your skin in different ways.

For example, dermatologist Richard Fried, M.D., Ph.D., director of Yardley Dermatology in Pennsylvania and author of Healing Adult Acne (New Harbinger Publications)” says;

“Styling products seep oil onto the forehead, which can trap acne-causing bacteria in your pores,”

My Models are All Beautiful Because..

I’ve always really scolded (not really) the models who come into my studio for smoking, over-doing the tanning beds, and doing other odd things that can really ruin their skin.

I love it when a girl can step in front of my camera with minimal makeup and look fantastic.

Acne outbreaks can ruin a photo session although we can cover it with cosmetics and Photoshop. But, it’s best to decide in advance that you are going to have that beautiful and healthy skin you deserve, isn’t it?

Take special care of your skin: wash it everyday, take that makeup off of your face when you don’t need it (i.e. at night), and be extra careful with the beauty products you use.

Can Makeup Cause Acne Outbreaks?

Yes, it can but at least there are some things you can do about it. Don’t let acne rule your life and ruin your beautiful complexion.

makeup and acne curesLearn all you can about acne and makeup and then put what you’ve learned to use. You’ll feel better about yourself and definitely look more beautiful in your modeling picture. Isn’t that the goal?

Hope you enjoyed these tips about makeup and acne for better looking skin. I’ll see you next time. Good luck! Bob To learn more about getting rid of these skin problems; check this out for more beautiful skin..



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