No Halloween costume is complete without a dramatic (sometimes scary) face of makeup! However, wearing that heavy makeup even just for a few hours can turn your dreams of glowing skin into a nightmare of acne breakouts. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled our best tips to avoid acne breakouts from Halloween makeup. Rock your full glam or super scary makeup look with confidence!
Don’t use any products with isopropyl myristate. While this ingredient helps make products glide across your skin easier, it’s also known to cause breakouts in some people. If you’re looking to avoid acne flare ups this Halloween, we recommend avoiding makeup with this ingredient.
Purchase your makeup products ahead of time and do a “trial run” on a small area to determine if the products will cause a breakout. We recommend placing the makeup on your cheek or neck and leaving it there for a few hours—or however long you plan to wear the makeup on Halloween. Then wash it off as you normally would. You should know within a day or two if the makeup you purchased will cause an outbreak.
Use a good primer or moisturizer before applying any Halloween makeup. Primer and moisturizer help prevent pores from clogging and help protect skin from environmental stressors (such as the lime green face paint you bought at Party City) that can lead to breakouts.
Some of our favorite moisturizers include:
- SkinMedica’s HA5 – An excellent, lightweight hydrator.
- Image’s Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum – A wonderful moisturizer with a light citrus scent.
- Dermacare of Hampton Roads Skincare’s MY HydraLite Moisturizer – A light moisturizer that contains niacinamide (to help with redness), powerful antioxidants, and ceramides to protect, hydrate, and soothe the skin.
While pre-made fake blood is convenient, the red dyes can be irritating to your skin. Instead make your own fake blood with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have around your kitchen! All you need is corn syrup, red food coloring, and cornstarch (if you’re looking to thicken it up). If you want to be super safe, we recommend using Halloween red makeup to paint blood on your face and keeping the corn syrup mixture on your outfit and the rest of your body.
Wash off the makeup as soon as you get home! We recommend cleaning the skin 2-3 times to make sure all the makeup has been removed. Make sure you’re using a good cleanser as Halloween makeup tends to stick to the skin more than your everyday make-up products.
We recommend using DefenAge’s 1-Step Multi-Cleanse for cleaning off Halloween makeup because it dissolves, hydrates, and balances the skin with natural prebiotics.
And last, but certainly not least, schedule a Dermacare of Hampton Roads Signature Facial after the holiday. During a Signature Facial, our Dermacare of Hampton Roads Experts will gently clean your skin (or acne-affected area), perform any necessary extractions, then prep the skin to address any of your concerns that day. We may recommend adding on a BLU-U Light treatment, which targets bacteria in oil glands, if you’re concerned about acne or are experiencing a flare-up. BLU-U Light helps kill bacteria, thus eliminating the root cause of many people’s acne. It’s non-invasive, requires no downtime, and can help get your skin back on track. It’s also extremely relaxing.
To book your Signature Facial, or purchase any of the products we’ve mentioned in this article, give us a call today at 757-547-7546 .
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