The Skincare Routine a Celeb Makeup Artist Swears By to Prevent Breakouts

Raise your hand if you're skin is freaking out right now. Now raise your other hand if you've been going through yourВ makeup products a little faster than usual lately to cover up said freak-out. It's a vicious cycle, which I knowВ because I've got both ofВ my arms high in the air.В Since we're reaching the end of October, the air is crisp, cool, and significantly less humid, and life is busier and more stressful than ever with work and social events, thanks to the pre-holiday push. Together, these factors canВ impact the qualityВ of ourВ skin.В

Even though we know makeup is supposed to be a way to have funВ or enhanceВ certain favorite features, not a wayВ hide perceived imperfections, it's hard to resist piling on theВ coverup whenВ our complexion is uneven orВ we're breaking out before a bigВ event. But that's whereВ skincare and prevention come in. No one knows this more thanВ a makeup artist whoВ is constantly helping celebrities getВ red carpet-ready on the regular.

So we reached out to the inimitable Allan AvendaГ±o, makeup artist to the likes of Zendaya, Ashey Graham, and CamilaВ Cabello, to learn how to prevent breakouts, especially if you wear makeup and feel like it's messing with your skin. Read on to learn his go-to acne prevention skincare routine method, and the ingredients he always warns his clients to avoid. Bonus: The best part about hisВ skincare suggestions is that they're tailored to people who have chaotic schedules and don't necessarily have time or patience for an extensive routine.В

Understanding the Different Types of Acne


It's helpful to understand the different types of acne.В As Dendy Engleman, MD, explains to us, "There's the traditionalВ hormonal acne, which tends to come and go, including around your period or when you're under stress. Hormones, such as your stress hormones or testosterone, can trigger oil production to increase and flare up acne."

Then there'sВ cystic acne, which Engleman describes as "the most severe type of acne that is painful to the touch, even throbbing, and is deep in the skin. Cysts occur when the pore gets clogged with dead skin cells, sebum/oil, and bacteria." And while different things can cause blemishes to flare up, there are certain habitsВ that can make things even worse.В

No-Fly Ingredients and Lifestyle Changes


While wearing heavy makeup aloneВ doesn't necessarily cause acne, AvendaГ±o explains that certain types of makeup can trigger orВ exacerbate breakouts for some people. For example, if you have sensitives or mild allergies, your skin can react by breaking out. It can also clog up your pores or irritate preexisting breakouts.В В

When you're shopping for makeup, it's important to look out for irritants and comedogenic ingredients in makeup such as alcohol, acrylic, fragrances, and silicone. These are linked to breakouts and other skincare concerns, Avendaño tells us. This is because they can clog up your pores. Some other specific ones include lanolin, shea butter, almond oil, sodium chloride, etc. And those only scratch the surface… "There's quite a hefty list of ingredients that are considered pore cloggers, so be sure to do your research," he encourages.


Aside fromВ harmful ingredients, there are also some habits that tend to trigger breakouts. "Sleeping in your makeup is one of the worst things you can do,"В AvendaГ±o tells us. He always advises his clients to make sure theyВ thoroughly remove all their makeup before going to bed, as skin cells renewВ during sleep, andВ makeup can inhibit that renewal process, potentially resulting in a slew of skincare concerns, like dullness and acne.

Similarly, wearing heavy makeup all day on a hot day, during a workout, or on a crowded night out can be problematic since the sweat can result in the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface, which contributes to clogged pores. Oh, and be sure to clean your makeup brushes often. "Bacteria and dirt love to hide in those bristles and can easily clog pores, causing irritation, acne,В andВ blackheads," he says.

How to Prep the Skin Before Makeup Application


"Whether you wear makeup or not, you should have a skincare regimen in place to help rid skin of bacteria, pollutants, dirt,В andВ grime,"В AvendaГ±o reminds us. His secret is an extra step on top of an effective cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer routine. "If you're worried about acne, whether it's mild to moderate or even occasional breakouts, I recommend integrating Differin Gel into your nighttime routine to help treat acne and prevent new acne from forming."

This gel works by treating the initial source of acne deep inside the pores and also helps restoreВ skinsВ texture and tone, for a nice smooth canvas. If you do incorporate it into your routine, keep in mind that it canВ take up to 12 weeks really start showing maximum results. Up until this year, it wasn't available for purchase unless you have a prescriptionВ for it, which just points to its effectiveness.В


"My favorite way to prep skin before makeup is using the Differin Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30,"В AvendaГ±o shares with us. He likes it because itВ absorbs surface oil and gives you a matte finish that lasts throughout the day. As a makeup artist, he thinks it's great because it also acts as a primer. It gives a "perfect canvas" for makeup application, he says. It's also non-comedogenic and contains SPF 30, so you get your moisturizer, primer, and SPF covered in one easy step.В

How to Effectively Cleanse Skin Before Bed


Since removing your make up before bed and after a workout is so essential to blemish prevention, let's take about the cleansing step in the skincare routine. AvendaГ±o recommendsВ removing makeup with a gentle makeup wipe like Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes. Then he uses Differin Gentle Cleanser. If you have on a really heavy face of makeup, he suggests double cleansing to make sureВ your face is squeaky clean.

Differin is his go-to cleaner because it's gentle enough to not strip your skin but is really effective at washing away dirt and grime. Lastly, he applies a dime-sized amount of Differin Gel to the whole face."It's such a simple routine and is really worth the few minutes to help you be confident in your skin," he says.В


If you have oily acne-prone skin and want to try a cleanser that's a little stronger, he recommends looking for products that contain benzoyl peroxide (glycolic acid is aВ great ingredient to look out for if you have acne-prone but dry skin). These will really go deep into the pores to wash everything away, treating acneВ without drying outВ your skin or causing create redness and dryness. Be careful not to over-cleanse and strip your skin of its natural oils, as that can alsoВ lead breakouts. A good hydrating moisturizerВ will help replenish thirsty skin.В

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