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Does Makeup Make Acne Worse? Find The Best Makeup For Acne

Guilty of covering your skin with too much makeup.

As someone with breakouts, acne and bad acne scarring you tend to cover skin with so much makeup.

Even though your friends tell you that having acne scarring doesn't make you ugly, there’s no denying that acne makes you feel ugly.

This is what Isabella told me when I interviewed her about her acne problems.

Isabella said: "I used to apply thick makeup every single day to the extent that I forgot what my actual face looked like!”

Though you’re not a teenager anymore it’s difficult to be around other women who have perfect skin. Especially when you’re constantly bombarded with photoshopped models in adverts and heavily filtered instagram filters - of course you compare your own red itchy face to theirs.

It’s like your life is on hold until skin clears up.


For a while you’ve wondered if makeup is the cause of more acne breakouts and pimples. Does makeup make your skin worse?

According to American Academy of Dermatology “even women who would not otherwise have acne can develop acne cosmetica from wearing makeup.” 

So what does acne cosmetica mean?

It means your acne and pimples get worse from makeup. 

When makeup makes skin feels thick, cloggy and you can’t really touch your face and skin can't breathe, and on top skin is irritated and itchy.

Then it's time to look at what's inside the pot you use. 

You know, when you have acne prone skin you don’t realize, most times your skin is also super cranky sensitive and why you experience itchiness and redness.

Now does it mean you can't use makeup? 

Here’s how you enjoy makeup, even if you have bad breakouts, sensitive skin or acne.


1Look for most basic and pure products and work up from there.

Use less makeup products on acne prone skin, that tends to break out.

2. Don’t hide skin imperfections behind a thick layer of makeup.

Heavy liquid foundations feel like a mask on sensitive, acne prone skin. That “mask feel” effect is from synthetic silicones. Silicones are used to smooth on makeup and why acne skin condition gets worse.

3. Never use makeup with talc.

Skin that breaks out easy gets worse from talc. Talc feels like “polyfilla” on skin. Talc blocks pores and skin feels like it can’t breathe. Talc is a cheap filler used in both face powders and fluid foundations.

4. Use gentle makeup products

Use makeup products with no fragrance, no artificial colours. Avoid metallic pigments. It’s those that cause feelings of skin burn, itchiness and redness.

5. Use gentle skincare products.

Women with oily skin tend to “over cleanse” face too much. Using too harsh skincare product, like chemical exfoliators, is stripping natural oils from face. Skin get flaky and doesn’t hold makeup very well. A simple routine is better.


If you ever feel overwhelmed by the number of acne “cures” out there, you are not alone. It’s easy to be swayed by the latest miracle concealer or primer you see in the beauty aisles but does new equal better?

And does it even work on a real woman’s skin?

Make no mistake. There is makeup out there that effectively targets acne prone skin. And many of these makeup products use the same pore clogging ingredients, like mineral oil, silicones.

But one name takes a serious approach to pore-clogging ingredients. And that’s Organic Make. 

Here's what Bekki said from @yours_sincerely_acne after she tried "Powder Wonder Foundation".


The whole idea behind Organic M.A.K.E is less makeup is better for you and the planet. You shouldn’t have to be slaves to dozens of different makeup products – especially with sensitive, acne prone skin.

You should be able to simplify your makeup routine, and pare down to just a few items that allow you to look your best, without clogging pores. At the same time leave skin to breathe, so it stays calm.

That’s why founder, Charlotte Fnug, created Organic M.A.K.E a line of all-in-one powder foundation – known as “Powder Wonders” - that can easily replace everything in your makeup bag. The all-in-one Powder Wonder comes in three different shades, yet covers most skin colours.

Who doesn’t like a light powder. Depending how you feel, you put on a thin layer or keep building up the colour until you are happy with the finish.

Change the world for the better.

ORGANIC M.A.K.E fixates on less is more! While other skin and makeup companies sell you loads of products for the sake of selling. We focus on a select few products that deliver exceptional results for you and empower you to truly express youself with a simple, uncomplicated routine.


Express Yourself, Shop Organic


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Dark Mineral Foundation

Covers skin naturally with creamy satin finish.

  • Just one is enough.
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  • 100% pure minerals giving your face a healthy glow.
  • Best for darker & tanned skin types.

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Light Beige Mineral Eyeshadow

A natural mineral eyeshadow that doesn't cause irritation.

  • Vegan & cruelty-free.
  • Works as both dry & wet eyeliner.
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  • Perfect on lids and under brow-line.
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