Foundation – 5 things to avoid!

I get asked often what kind of foundation I could recommend for oily/blemished skin. It’s a horrible cycle I am witness to – a client comes in stressing about acne, but wears heavy foundation and/or primers. She doesn’t want to feel like she has to wear makeup but feels she needs to just to cover up the breakouts. So, then she always wears it and her skin doesn’t get a chance to breathe, and then we’re back to square one. See what I mean?

I’m not saying don’t wear makeup at all, because that’s silly. You just need to know what to look for!

I still have yet to do find a great brand I can recommend, BUT what I do know is what ingredients to avoid when shopping for new makeup. Education is really the key, because once you know what to avoid, the answer is right there on the label.

Foundations that are:

#1, Oil based (mineral, coconut, lanolin) products are going to cause issues for obvious reasons.

#2, Silicones are what give the “slip” in makeup, giving skin that silky finish. The problem with silicones (there are different types) is that they create an invisible barrier on top of the skin and not allowing it to breathe. The intention is to help hydrate by locking moisture in, but for someone who is naturally oily this is bad news.

#3, Petroleum. It works similarly to silicones in the way that it blocks the pores.

#4, Parabens and  #5, Sulfates. This may not correlate completely with acne, but since we’re on the topic of things to avoid in cosmetics, these are big ones when it comes to your health. I recently switched most of my products to being free of both. Parabens are used as a preservative in many products. They have the ability to get absorbed in the blood stream and have been shown to cause hormonal imbalance and may be linked to breast cancer. Sulfates are harsh detergents that can cause irritation, leave a film, clog pores and strip the skin. Our skin is our largest organ, so remember to be choosy and educated about what you decide to put on it! 🙂

Here’s a link I found with a list of oil-free foundations: Oil Free Primers


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