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Halloween Beauty Breakouts

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These are the tips I give my clients on how to prevent post-Halloween makeup breakouts. You have two choices: you can either be proactive (find good substitutes for pore-clogging Halloween makeup) or work on undoing the damage at the end of the night:


All that glitters is NOT gold when it comes to using stage makeup for your Halloween costume.

Clogged pores, acne outbreaks and allergic reactions are a sure thing with this stuff. Play it safe by applying acne-friendly mineral powder to your problem areas and save the greasy, theater stuff for your eyes and lips. Want your makeup to go on flawlessly? Start with Enzyme Mask to get rid of any flaky skin that powder tends to adhere to.

Dying to go “all out” with your costume this year? A patch test behind the ear can pinpoint potential problems–before they happen on your face.

Avoid MACne after Halloween: MAC and other liquid makeup contains algae extract, a known pore clogger.

Most liquid foundations carry some amount of oil for the consistency and binding, and these oils will break you out! Play it safe and use a mineral-based foundation powder instead.

Acne-safe choices for face “makeup.”

  • Zombies, football players: charcoal mask
  • Voodoo dolls, 18th century costumes: fragrance-free baby powder
  • Grown-up Halloween makeup that won’t break you out: start with your regular acne-friendly mineral powder like BareMinerals Original loose powder foundation, then apply MAKE UP FOR EVER’s glow-in-the dark Fluo Night to your eyelids and lips. Change your front porch bulb to a black light and show off your bewitching look to the neighborhood Trick-or-Treaters!

Undo the Damage

If you can’t stay away from the heavy theatrical makeup, at least try to minimize the amount of time the pore-clogging gunk is on your face. When you get home, make it a priority to wash off your Halloween makeup. Start with a pre-cleansing wipe to remove as much as you can, then follow with a medicated 2-in-1 exfoliant like Clearing Scrub to remove all traces that have settled into your pores while also killing bacteria. And sleep with a 2-5% benzoyl peroxide gel on your face, which works for up to 3 hours to go down the pores to attack whatever is left behind.

Benefits of Dressing Up

Don’t let your fear of breaking out keep you from getting your tricks and treats! Most of these concerns can be easily addressed with great acne products or a counseling session with our lead acne expert.

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