If you have acne-prone skin, we completely understand your scepticism about wearing makeup on a regular basis. But here’s the deal – you can definitely wear makeup over acne, provided you follow certain rules and prep your skin adequately.

Don’t know what these rules? We’ve listed them down for you. Check ‘em out.

 

01. Always start with cleansing

01. Always start with cleansing

Whether you have active acne or not, you must always start your makeup routine on a clean slate. Applying makeup on skin that’s already filled with oil, dirt and bacteria could clog pores and end up multiplying your acne woes. When picking a cleanser, ensure that you choose something specifically formulated for oily skin. This will keep excess sebum in check without overly drying out your skin.

BB picks: Simple Daily Skin Detox Oil Be Gone Micellar Water

 

02. Use non-comedogenic products

02. Use non-comedogenic products

The kind of makeup you use also plays a key role here. As opposed to picking heavy-duty products, it’s best to stick to lightweight, buildable ones because they allow your skin to breathe more easily. Additionally, ensure that you pick makeup that specifically mentions non-comedogenic on the packaging, as those won’t clog the pores, which is crucial for people with acne.

 

03. Clean your brushes regularly

03. Clean your brushes regularly

A basic yet essential requirement for applying makeup for acne-prone skin is to use clean tools. Dirty makeup tools are the perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria, which can clog pores, cause skin irritation and aggravate acne. Therefore, make sure to deep clean all your makeup tools after use, without fail.

 

04. Invest in a mattifying primer

04. Invest in a mattifying primer

A primer is a must-have for those with acne-prone skin. Not only does it make your makeup last longer but it also creates a thin layer between your skin and makeup, thereby keeping the makeup from clogging the pores and causing flare-ups. So if you haven’t already, get your hands on a primer right away!

BB picks: Lakme Absolute Under Cover Gel Face Primer