November 9, 2012

Does wearing make-up still leave skin breathing?

A lot of people believe that not wearing make-up allows the skin to breathe. On the other side, make-up is known to protect the skin from pollution, anti radicals, and UV rays. So, where lies the truth?

Dermatologist Papri Sarkar says “there are some benefits to wearing zero makeup, especially for people with sensitive skin or who are prone to breakouts. The biggest culprits are the fragrances, allergens, preservatives, and oils in makeup, which can cause blotchiness or acne. But as long as you remove makeup properly so it doesn’t clog your pores, you should be fine.”

Cleansing your face daily after wearing makeup, or even more, if you workout, will help you get rid of the makeup and dirt.



Papri Sarkar also added that 
”the top layer of the skin is dead, so it doesn’t ‘breathe.’ When people talk about skin ‘breathing,’ they’re usually referring to whether the skin is occluded or not. Occluding the skin can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It can also cause skin to look dull—especially if a heavy amount of makeup is applied and not removed.”

Avoiding cosmetics that contain oils, preservatives and fragrances, is a smart thing to do, especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, mineral makeup may be a good alternative. It is made of minerals, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and is free from artificial fragrance, chemicals, silicones, talc, oils, alcohol, and wax. That is why mineral makeup not only that doesn’t irritate or block the skin, but improves it. This makeup is appropriate for all the skin types, including hypersensitive, oily, and dry skin.