How To Prevent Face Paint Breakouts: 4 Acne-Fighting Tips

Prevent Post-Costume Party Breakouts

Gearing up for an epic halloween costume?!

(Tweet us your pics, we wanna see!)

Before you commit to a full-face of face pain, and simultaneously commit yourself to a full face of zits come morning, listen up…

We have the tips you need to ensure your skin stays crystal clear post face paint so that your costume can be the breakout star, not your impending breakouts!

1. “Avoid costume shop make-up. Often it’s not put through the stringent testing that many products are, so they may be comedogenic (acne-causing),” says NYC-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery and dermatologist with Clearasil.

2. No matter what, take your makeup off before bed. No mater how tired you are (or, perhaps, how many cocktails you’ve had), it’s imperative to get that pore-clogging makeup off your face ASAP and to allow your skin to breathe, recover, and heal.

3. Pre-treat starting, well, now! If you know you’re about to cover your face in potentially pore-clogging cosmetics, start treating your entire face (except your eye and lip area, of course) with acne-fighting products. Ideally, you’ll use whatever you usually would if you were breaking out, like some of our favorites: Neutrogena’s salicylic-based Oil-Free Acne Wash ($7.29), The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion ($13.50) and a detoxifying mask, like Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask ($34).

4. Get a facial… or DIY it. If your skin is especially prone to breakouts, schedule a facial (try a SilkPeel Facial!) or plan a DIY spa night for the day after halloween. Order Alexis’ book, The Recipe For Radiance for a slew of homemade facial mask recipes for every skin type – or check out this DIY facial recipe for all skin types.

Left image via Kate Hudon’s Instagram.

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