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18 June, 2015

Tips to Break Up with Your Makeup and Love the Skin You're In


I’ve been really into wearing minimal makeup this spring. When I say minimal makeup, I don’t mean an hour-long routine filled with intricately layered primers and concealers designed to look like I’m wearing nothing at all in end—I mean scant amounts of CC cream, if any. A little lip color and eyeliner, maybe. Looks that are natural and pretty and allow my skin to breathe.

A lipstick-only, no-foundation day. Because why not?

There was a time when I wasn’t confident enough to (mostly) bare it all though—even just a couple of years ago, my skin was a mess of cystic acne breakouts. The kind that are painful and hard to cover. Having skin issues isn’t just an aesthetic problem though—it can really have an impact on your self-esteem. How to stop concealing and start healing though?

Today I’ll be sharing a few tips for kick starting your healthy skin journey.

1. Wash your face every single night. NO EXCUSES.
Hands up if you’ve ever gone to bed without washing off your makeup. I mean, I get that there are times when you legitimately fall asleep by accident on the couch or something and don’t wake up until morning—but what about those days when you just can’t be bothered before you climb into bed? I’ve definitely been there, and I know it’s not just me… my old boss and I used to joke about drawing fresh eyeliner over the makeup we had worn the previous day (and fallen asleep in) to keep it looking fresh. But no more of that nonsense for me now!

Getting into the habit of washing your face every single night isn’t just important in the sense that it keeps your face clean—it’s also the first step in developing healthy skin habits and rituals that you can follow every day.  If you have a plethora of skin woes it won’t be the only step on your road to recovery, but it could be the first big one.

2. Know your triggers: And if you don’t, keep a skincare diary.
If you’re new to the skincare game, maybe you don’t know yet what’s causing your issues. So, how to figure it out? Keep a skincare diary! Use it to track which products you’re using, what you’re eating, your activities, and how your skin felt that day. Having a record of when your skin issues occur might help you pinpoint certain triggers or ingredients that irritate you. For example, I was able to figure out that certain types of sunscreen caused me to break out cross-referencing my skin diary to when I used them. And this advice doesn’t just apply to acne sufferers—if you have rosacea, a skin condition that often presents itself with facial redness or bumps and pimples, pinpointing your triggers can help prevent flare-ups.

3. Break up with your makeup… or at least take a break at the beginning.
“It’s not you skin, it’s me!” But seriously, it’s difficult to really monitor conditions like acne breakouts or rosacea flare-ups if your skin is buried under a pile of foundation and concealer. In order to know what’s going on with your skin, you really need to be able to see it—and it doesn’t hurt to give your skin a chance to breathe every now and then either. Heck, maybe your makeup has ingredients that are triggers for your skin condition! Ditch the foundation and reach for plain old SPF instead while you’re figuring things out.

4. Remember that it’s okay to not look “perfect.”
I see a lot of magazine articles and blog posts talking about “perfect” skin, but I need to tell you something—perfect skin is a myth. Even folks with great genes and epic skincare routines get blemishes or have dull complexion days sometimes, because they’re human. The key thing to remember here is that the end goal is to have healthy-feeling skin that you’re confident to wear without makeup sometimes—not to look like you rolled out of an epic Photoshop session. I still get the occasional pimple, and you know what? It’s okay! Because I know that my skin looks pretty darn great most of the time thanks to sticking to a routine and being mindful of which products do and don’t work for me.

5. Know that if you can’t find solutions at the drugstore, you may want to meet with a dermatologist for a diagnosis.
Maybe you’re not sure what the root cause of your skin issues is, or over-the-counter products just aren’t cutting it by themselves. You know what? That’s okay! That’s what dermatologists are for. For example, if you suffer from rosacea, your doctor might be able to prescribe Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% which is approved by the FDA for the once-daily, topical treatment of inflammatory lesions or bumps and pimples associated with rosacea. The key points here are that there are options beyond the retail shelves if what you’ve tried so far isn’t working, and it’s important to talk to a medical professional who can steer you in the right direction.

You can learn more about rosacea and treatment options on the Break Up with Your Makeup website. While you’re there, be sure to check out the contest—you can enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to NYC for the Fall 2015 New York Film Festival by sharing how you stay confident even on "tough skin days” along with a no-makeup selfie.

Important Safety Information - Soolantra® Cream
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≤1%) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Warnings / Precautions: Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use.

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I was selected, as a member of Clever Girls, to post on behalf of the Break Up with Your Makeup program sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The content and opinions expressed here are my own. You should discuss any medication with your doctor.


  1. If I had no breakouts or acne scarring I would definitely feel more confident going fresh faced. In the summer when I have a tan, my skin tends to look better and I wear less face makeup. Figuring out what causes my breakouts would definitely be a start.

  2. I still get some acne breakouts, especially hormonal ones - it sucks to be in your 30s and have acne, but at some point I just stopped feeling as self-conscious about it. I don't know what the turning point was... I remember freaking out when I'd get a big zit in my early 20s. Like "OMG I CAN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE LIKE THIS" freakouts, lol. Anyway, figuring out what causes you to break out is a big first step but it will help a lot! If you discover that a certain ingredient irritates your skin you can just avoid products that have it, which will also save you money.

  3. I've been going without any foundation or powder a lot lately. I really like using bare minerals bisque concealer on days when I'm not wearing foundation but have to go somewhere. My skin is mostly clear, but post acne marks seem to stick around. My skin seems to behave better in the summer if I wear less makeup.

  4. Yeah, post-acne marks are no fun. They tend to stick around for a long time on me too, though I find that using a good Vitamin C serum regularly helps them lighten faster. YMMV, obviously.


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