Love the Halloween dress-up but hate the breakouts

Halloween is a time for fun and creativity. You can be anyone you want to be, from a ghost or ghoul to a witch or vampire or even a mermaid. The only problem is that this holiday can also be the breeding ground of acne-producing bacteria if you aren’t careful! But do not fear, we will show you how to use makeup safely so that your skin will look its best when trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

Use Makeup that is Oil-free

If you love the idea of being a mermaid on Halloween but don’t want to deal with breakouts afterwards, you can use makeup that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (wont block your pores). Makeup that is oil-free will not clog your pores; non-comedogenic cosmetics will not clog them either.

If you don’t even remember what a comedo is (it’s a type of blackhead), this phrase probably doesn’t mean much to you. But if we take it at face value—and look at what else it means for skincare—we might realize something important: a lot of acne treatments are nothing more than harsh cleansers full of fragrant chemicals designed to strip away all traces of grime from our faces so that they’re clean enough to see clearly again!

Use Kind to Skin Products

When it comes to Halloween makeup, there’s a lot you can do to avoid breakouts. But the most important thing is not what you put on your skin, but how you remove it.

The best way to get rid of all that stuff is with a gentle cleanser, like the Sukin Sensitive range. Use warm water and very little of the cleanser—a 20p-size amount is more than enough for your entire face and neck. Rub it into your skin with circular motions until all traces of makeup are gone; then rinse well with warm water.

If you’re planning on wearing heavy makeup, like stage or theatrical makeup, consider getting a professional facial first so your skin is well moisturised and hydrated before applying heavier makeup. Or try an at-home pre-mask treatment that will prep your face for all that paint and powder.

Next comes drying—and this step is crucial! Don’t use an abrasive towel like a flannel or paper towels; their fibres will scratch up your face and exacerbate any damage from the makeup remover. Instead opt for a soft microfiber cloth or any other type that feels good against sensitive skin and won’t cause irritation or breakouts or irritation post-makeup removal routine

Create a Clear Canvas

Before you start to apply your base makeup, create a clear canvas by using a gentle cleanser and scrubbing gently. Don’t use soaps or harsh chemicals on your skin. Use a gentle cleanser, like the liquid soap by Dr. Bronner’s, and scrub gently in circular motions. This will remove dead skin cells that can clog pores, which leads to breakouts. If you have particularly oily skin, you may want to use an exfoliating scrub once a week as well, which leads us on nicely to…

Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliating is your friend. It removes dead skin cells, which are like the sandpaper of your face, and helps remove makeup, which can clog pores. If you don’t exfoliate, your pores can get clogged with dead skin cells and makeup, which leads to breakouts. Exfoliating with a gentle scrub once or twice a week will help keep your skin clean and clear. Try not to do it more than this.

Cleanse & Tone. An effective skincare routine starts from within—literally! Drinking plenty of water helps keep your body hydrated, which prevents dry patches and irritation that could lead to acne breakouts later on in life (or worse).

Exfoliate before applying makeup to ensure a smooth canvas for foundation and other base products.

After you’ve taken off all your makeup on Halloween night, do a gentle scrub or use a washcloth to exfoliate again—this will help prevent blemishes from forming on top of existing blemishes! You don’t have to use anything too harsh here—just make sure it’s something that won’t irritate sensitive skin types like mine.

Use Moisturiser and a Primer

Start by applying a thin layer of moisturiser all over your face; this will help to get an even coverage when you start to apply your foundation and other makeup.

Primer is a must. It helps your makeup last longer, go on smoothly, stay put and look better. You can use any primer—not just one made specifically for the eyes. Apply it first to help your foundation apply smoothly, then follow with concealer and cover-up as needed to even out skin tone and cover blemishes (if you have any).

Use a setting or translucent Powder once your makeup is complete. You can use any setting powder—not just one made specifically for the eyes. Apply it last to lock everything in place, set your makeup and prevent it from creasing or smudging.


Wash your face well

Wash your face well after makeup removal. If you’re wearing foundation or waterproof mascara, use an oil-free cleanser or makeup remover wipe to remove it first. Then wash your face with a gentle cleanser. The Dearest Fannie Ditsy Cloths are particular good for makeup removal using just water.

Dry skin with a soft towel.


Don’t let acne scare you away from creating the look you want this Halloween

If you are worried about acne spoiling your Halloween fun, then don’t be.

However, if it does strike while you’re on the celebratory hunt for treats on October 31st—don’t let it get in the way of your celebration! There are ways to treat acne and prevent breakouts from happening again next year.

Always a Treat!

With a little bit of care and the right products, you can have the perfect makeup that lasts all night long. Makeup is fun and it’s not worth giving up because of acne. We know you want to look great and we want that too! Don’t give up on your costume just yet—we have some tips for getting ready without breaking out.

Some of the best products that will help you this Halloween are:


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