Does Makeup Clog Your Pores?

Always be sure to wash your face before bedtime to reduce the chances of clogged pores.
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Wearing makeup can visually improve the look of your skin and at times provide skin-enhancing benefits, such as SPF or hydration. But because makeup products can vary significantly based on brands, formulations and ingredients, some makeup products may inadvertently clog pores -- a frustrating and unwelcome side effect.

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There are a variety of factors that can contribute to clogged pores: bacteria, dead skin cells, pollution and oil are each likely culprits. Makeup has the potential to clog pores, especially when it isn't washed off completely at the end of the day. In addition, some ingredients found in makeup may lead to clogged pores; the effect of these ingredients may vary depending on the skin type. As a general rule, be mindful of ingredients generally considered comedogenic such as lanolin, Isopropyl Myristate, mica and fragrance which can trigger pore clogs and irritate existing acne. Mineral oil and silicone, although both receive bad raps, are not pore-clogging. However, individuals concerned over the pore-clogging effects of makeup should stick to light formulations such as powders, light liquids or mineral makeup. Avoid thick, creamy formulations or any makeup in stick form as these tend to clog pores more readily than other products.

Ruth Altman writes on business, lifestyle and careers. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in addition to a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.