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Most of the girls and womens put a lot of time, effort, and money into looking beautiful. It is vital to take care of your skin.  Using the right products in the right way does make a difference. If you suffer from active acne, it can be difficult finding good makeup that does not clog your pores, irritated your skin and make your acne look even worse than it is.

The science Acne is often genetic, but almost everyone experiences a breakout at some point in their lives. Hormonal changes related to puberty, pregnancy, menopause, birth control or your menstrual cycle can all do a number on your sebaceous (oil) glands, along with diet, stress, smoking, oily beauty products and certain medications. It all starts with a clogged pore: Your skin produces too much sebum, which then mixes with bacteria and dead skin cells to form a "plug" like a blackhead or whitehead. A blocked pore can also burst and spread beneath the surface of your skin to cause a tiny infection, also know as a pimple.

Fortunately, there are several great makeup brands out there that help conceal and even treat acne. Mineral makeup is among the best face makeup products for those with acne prone skin because it is not as heavy and sits on top of pores as opposed to sinking into them like many liquid foundations do.

Here are few makeup tips for acne-prone skin :

1)  Always choose makeup with the simplest, most natural ingredients. Many of the chemicals found in the brands available at the drugstore or even department store counters contain toxins that are linked to cancer and other health issues. They can also work against the steps you're taking to clear up your skin. Pure mineral makeup works wonderfully.

2)  Go green-with your primer, that is. Cole recommends using primer that reduces redness and/or calms your skin, and a green-based formula is the way to go.

3)  The cleanser you use can make or break your skin.  If you choose one with the wrong ingredients, your skin can break out more.  If you choose one that's too harsh, your skin can become dry and irritated.

4)  Go for a matte powder bronzer like Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder. Using a large, fluffy brush, dust the bronzer where the sun would naturally kiss your face: your forehead, the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and chin. Sweep what's left on the brush over your neck so it all blends in.

5)  If your face gets shiny after a few hours, lightly dust your T-zone with more powder—or soak up oil without adding another layer of makeup by dabbing your T-zone with Tweezerman Facial Blotting Paper.

6)  Apply foundation that matches your skin exactly. You can choose powder, cream or liquid until they do not contain oil, paraffin or other comedogenic ingredients, but avoid the temptation to apply it thickly to cover blemishes or breakouts.

7)  Wash your brushes often – at least two or three times per week, depending on how often you use the brush. The excess makeup left on the bristles is a breeding ground for dirt and oils you definitely don't want to keep spreading around on your face.

8)  Use light strokes when applying makeup. Pressing on or stretching the skin can irritate it and cause breakouts.

9)  Many products meant to combat acne are super drying to skin and can trigger extra oil production, which, as you now know, is bad news. Avoid alcohol-based astringents (they'll parch you in an instant) and moisturize immediately after washing while skin is still damp to optimize absorption.

10) Keep your mitts off your face, please. The last thing acne-prone skin needs is added dirt and bacteria from roving hands.

11) When hiding blemishes or redness, use mattifying products, especially when it comes to concealers. Illuminators and brightening products are great for the under-eye area, but if you use them on a blemish, they'll draw the eye right to it.

12) If you need to use more foundation or concealer than usual to achieve full coverage (we've all been there), apply light layers, letting them fully set before you apply the next one. This will help you avoid irritating your skin and prevent the dreaded pancake face.

Disclaimer*: This article is only for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.

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