I STOPPED WEARING MAKEUP FOR A WEEK AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
NOTE: This post discusses skincare and health information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I stopped wearing makeup for a week, and it actually made my acne go away. (Yes you read that right!) Trust me no one was more surprised than me. I wear makeup almost every day and never had taken an extended break from wearing it since high school.
Ok so you might be wondering why or how did I decide to stop wearing makeup? Honestly, it sort of happened by accident. A few weeks ago, I ran out of my tinted moisturizer. It was not a product I was completely in love with, so I wanted to spend some time researching what foundation I would buy next rather than rushing to make a purchase. Therefore, I was going to have to survive a couple days without makeup. Not going to lie, I was a little embarrassed about the idea of not wearing makeup to work because I felt so naked without it. Over the next few days of not wearing makeup, I watched my skin transform. Suddenly it was so much clearer than it had been in a very long time. Not all my acne went away. I still had some whiteheads and smaller pimples, but the big, ugly ones that make you want to hide under the covers definitely were gone. It was so surprising to me that bearing my skin to the world ended up being more beneficial than covering it up.
It wasn’t until I had my next my Skin Laundry facial that I really began to make the connection between wearing makeup and my acne. When I went in for my appointment, I got the same nurse practitioner I normally did who always gave me good advice on how to treat my acne, which I appreciated. During the appointment, she asked me how I applied my makeup. I told her that I usually just used my fingers to apply my tinted moisturizer. I think she was a little horrified by answer. She quickly explained to me that by applying makeup with my hands I’m spreading the bacteria from the acne around my face. Also she pointed out that I’m transferring the bacteria from my fingers to my face, which only aggravates the problem more. Therefore, she recommended that I use a makeup brush or sponge to apply my foundation instead. After she gave me this advice, I felt like my mind had been blown. Suddenly it seemed so obvious, and I couldn't believe that I hadn't made the connection before. The answer had been right in from my face the whole time (no pun intended). Well you know what they say hindsight is 20/20.
Let me be honest thought, I haven’t completely given up wearing makeup altogether. When I have an event or party to go to, I still put it on. Although I have to say I amazed that every time I wear it, I notice that my acne flares up the following day. Recently, I bought some beauty blender sponges, which I’m hoping will help reduce the spread of bacteria and keep my acne from flaring up when I do wear makeup. Once I learn how to use a beauty blender, I will definitely share with you guys on the blog and Instagram Stories.
If you’re struggling with acne, I challenge you to go a week without makeup in January. If you see an improvement in your skin from not wearing makeup while maintaining you’re same skincare routine, I’d love to see your results. Post a selfie on Instagram of you not wearing makeup after one week and tag your photo with the hashtag #weekwithoutmakeup and my handle @thepetitepearproject.