Make Sure Your Beloved Makeup Is Not Harming Your Skin
Let's explore the impact of makeup on our skin and how we can protect it.
Makeup can make us feel confident and beautiful, but its impact on our skin may not be as pretty. While a little bit of makeup for special occasions is fine, wearing it every day can take a toll on skin. So, what exactly does makeup do to skin, and how can the damage be minimised?
Clogged skin pores: These are really small openings on the surface of skin, containing hair follicles and sebaceous glands that lubricate skin. When these pores get clogged, it can lead to multiple skin problems such as pimples, blackheads, and acne.
Makeup products like foundation, powder, and blush can contribute to clogging pores, especially for people with oily skin. If the makeup products used are too oily or heavy, the ingredients in them can irritate and make the skin highly sensitive.
If you have clogged pores, it is best to visit a dermatologist for consultation. They may advise using non-comedogenic products that will not clog your pores. In case of advanced cases, your dermatologist may suggest treatments like a chemical peel or hydrafacial.
Premature ageing: Prolonged exposure to makeup, combined with sun damage, can accelerate the onset of signs of ageing. This can result in wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots appearing earlier than expected. Leaving makeup on overnight can also clog pores, break down elastin, and contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Untimely wrinkles can undermine a person’s confidence, but there are several dermatological treatments available to help eliminate wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance. These include botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, which can be performed as outpatient procedures.
Dry or oily skin: Wearing makeup that does not match your skin type can cause skin irritation. Using the wrong products can leave those with dry skin feeling even more parched, while people with oily skin may end up with excessive oiliness. This can happen if the foundation does not provide enough moisture or contains heavy, oil-based ingredients. To prevent these issues, it is important to identify your skin type and consult a dermatologist for recommendations. The practitioner can analyse your skin and suggest a cream or treatment that is tailored to your needs. For advanced cases, laser skin resurfacing may be recommended for optimal results.
Allergic reactions: Makeup allergies can cause reactions on the skin where the product was applied. Swollen, puffy eyelids from eyeshadow or a skin rash from blush are some examples. It is important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible in these cases, as allergies can sometimes lead to severe outcomes.
Changes in skin colour: Makeup contains various chemicals including allergens, preservatives, and fragrances that can directly irritate the skin and cause dryness, resulting in an uneven skin tone and loss of natural radiance. A dermatologist can address this concern through laser treatment, which delivers rapid bursts of gentle light waves to the skin to eliminate vascular lesions. In some cases, two laser procedures may be used together to effectively treat damaged skin.
In addition to the previously discussed concerns, it is important to note that using makeup can also increase the risk of eye infections and, in extreme cases, even cancer. To minimise such risks, it is strongly advised to perform a patch test before trying any new products and to use only those that are compatible with skin type. In case of doubts or queries pertaining to specific products, seeking the advice of a dermatologist and cosmetologist can help you make an informed decision and address any issues in a timely manner.
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