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Chronic Skin Conditions and Gentle Makeup: What Works and What Doesn’t

January 17, 2023

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For many people with chronic skin conditions, makeup can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, wearing makeup can help camouflage redness and inflammation. But on the other hand, some makeup products can worsen skin conditions by causing irritation and inflammation. So, what’s a person with chronic skin conditions to do?

How Can Makeup Affect Skin Conditions?

For many of us, makeup is essential to our daily routine. It can help us feel confident even on our worst days. But makeup can be a minefield for those with chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

When you have eczema or psoriasis, your skin is already sensitive. Unfortunately, this means you must be extra careful when choosing makeup products, as you’re more likely to experience an allergic reaction.

What Type Of Makeup To Use And Avoid If You Have A Skin Condition?

Avoid makeup that contains irritants
Fig. 1. Avoid makeup that contains irritants.

Eczema and psoriasis are two of the most common chronic skin conditions. They can both cause redness, itching, flaking, and dryness.

If you have either of these conditions, you’ll want to avoid makeup that contains irritants like fragrances, alcohol, and other harsh chemicals that can damage your healthy skin barrier. Instead, look for makeup products that are designed specifically for delicate skin. These products will be gentle on your psoriasis or eczema-prone skin and won’t aggravate your condition. Some good options to try to include mineral powder foundation, tinted moisturizer, or gel eyeliner.

Choosing skincare products that will hydrate your skin without irritating it is essential. Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides. These ingredients will help to keep your skin hydrated and prevent flare-ups.

Avoid skincare products containing exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids, as these can be too harsh on sensitive skin. If you’re unsure what skincare products to use, consult a dermatologist or a licensed esthetician who can recommend the best options for your specific condition.

How To Apply Makeup If You Have A Skin Condition?

Apply makeup gently over sensitive skin
Fig. 2. Apply makeup gently over sensitive skin.

Safety First: Avoiding Allergic Reactions.

When you have eczema or psoriasis, your skin is already sensitive. Unfortunately, this means you must be extra careful when choosing makeup products, as you’re more likely to experience an allergic reaction. The best way is to choose hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic products designed explicitly for sensitive skin. These products are less likely to clog your pores or irritate your skin.

Additionally, it’s essential to do a patch test before using any new products, even if they are hypoallergenic. To do a patch test, apply a small amount of the product to a small skin area and wait 24 hours to see if there is any reaction. If you experience redness, itchiness, or swelling, wash the product off immediately and do not use it again. 

Blending In: Camouflaging Your Skin Condition with Makeup.

Once you’ve found some safe, hypoallergenic products that work for you, it’s time to start thinking about using makeup to camouflage your skin condition. For example, if you have eczema, a foundation can be a great way to even out your skin tone and cover up any redness or blotchiness.

When applying foundation, use a light touch and avoid rubbing the product into your skin—this can irritate your eczema and worsen it. Instead, tap the foundation onto your skin with a sponge or brush and blend it outwards until distributed. Concealer covers up flare-ups or blemishes.

If you have psoriasis, blush or bronzer draws attention away from any patches of dry skin or scaly patches. Gently dusting a small amount of blush or bronzer on the apples of your cheeks will give you a natural-looking flush that will help disguise any problem areas. Just be careful not to go overboard—you don’t want your makeup to look cakey or heavy! 

Tips For Keeping Your Skin Healthy While Wearing Makeup

Choose the right products that won’t trigger flare-ups
Fig. 3. Choose the right products that won’t trigger flare-ups.

Choose the Right Products.

Choosing makeup products for sensitive skin is essential if you have a chronic skin condition. That means avoiding products that contain fragrances, dyes, alcohol, and other ingredients that can irritate. Instead, look for products labeled “hypoallergenic” or “non-comedogenic.” These products are less likely to cause an adverse reaction.

If you have eczema or psoriasis, you likely already know that one of your primary concerns is avoiding flare-ups. To help prevent outbreaks, opt for makeup products that are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores. 

Try Mineral Makeup.

Mineral makeup is another good option for people with chronic skin conditions. Because it doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients in traditional makeup, it’s much gentler on the skin. Mineral makeup is available in powder, liquid, and cream forms applied with a brush or sponge. 

Change Your Technique.

If your current makeup routine aggravates your chronic skin condition, try changing your technique. For example, if you typically use your fingers to apply foundation, switch to using a sponge or brush instead. It will help minimize irritation. In addition, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before applying makeup to remove any irritants that can transfer from your hands to your face. 

Test New Products Before Using Them.

It is crucial to test a new makeup product on a small skin area before using it all over your face. It will help you gauge whether or not you’re allergic or sensitive to the product before using it more extensively. 

Remove Your Makeup Before Bedtime.

Be sure to remove your makeup every night before going to bed! Leaving makeup on overnight can clog your pores and irritate your skin, leading to flare-ups. 

Moisturize Regularly.

One of the most important things you can do is moisturize your skin regularly—even if you don’t have a chronic skin condition! Moisturizing helps keep your skin hydrated and supple, which can help prevent irritation and flare-ups. 

Remember The Sunscreen.

Sunscreen is essential for everyone—not just people with chronic skin conditions! That’s because exposure to UV rays can worsen eczema and psoriasis symptoms while also increasing your risk of developing other skin problems. So be sure to apply sunscreen daily— even if you’re staying indoors!—to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Look for mineral sunscreen with built-in SPF. It will help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while allowing you to enjoy the coverage you desire.

Apply Makeup Sparingly.

When applying makeup, be sure to do so sparingly. Overdoing it on the foundation or eyeshadow can worsen your symptoms by irritating your skin. Instead, use a light hand when applying makeup and build up the coverage as needed rather than going overboard.

Many brands now offer gentle formulas designed for people with chronic skin conditions. These formulas are often free of harsh chemicals and other potential irritants. Look for the word “gentle” on the label when shopping for makeup products.

Choose the Right Makeup Remover.

When removing your makeup at the end of the day, you’ll want to steer clear of anything harsh or drying. Unfortunately, many people with eczema or psoriasis find that traditional makeup removers—especially those that contain alcohol—make their skin worse. If that’s the case for you, try using a mineral oil-based makeup remover instead. Apply it to a cotton pad, gently wipe away your makeup, rinse with water, and follow up with your regular moisturizer. Oil-based removers are usually very gentle on the skin and won’t leave your face feeling dry or tight.

Use Medovie Products After Removing Makeup To Maintain Healthy Skin

After removing your makeup, it’s time to use a product that will ensure your skin remains healthy and moisturized to avoid triggering the symptoms of chronic skin problems like psoriasis or eczema. And for that, what you need is Medovie.

Medovie products help to soothe easily irritated skin, and their unique blend of natural ingredients is proven safe for use. It’s the perfect product for skin care that you can use after removing your makeup!

Bonus Tip: 

You can also use our derma cream as a base before applying makeup. This will create a layer of protection so that makeup is not the first layer that comes in contact with your skin. Our cream will also help lock in moisture to make sure your skin remains nourished while you wear makeup.

Our team of experts stays up-to-date with the most recent cosmetic studies and ensures that our products meet industry standards. We also have strict safety protocols for each ingredient, process, or dosage level to ensure your product is safe!

Check out our range of products or book a consultation with our skin experts to know which Medovie package is the best for you!

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