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Cheek Breakouts and the Blush Brush Conundrum

Have you ever experienced breakouts along your
cheekbones that just don’t go away no matter what you do?
  While there are several possibilities that
could explain this annoying problem, my first go-to in diagnosing the problem
is to look at your blush and bronzer.
You may have also come to a similar thought, but
from a different angle.
  After asking at
Sephora, or perusing
Pinterest, there’s no doubt that you’ve come across the
advice to wash your makeup brushes.
  
It
only seems to make sense that your dirty makeup brushes would cause breakouts,
right?


Actually? NO !  As I always tell my clients, “It’s not the brush, it’s the blush!

Consider this:

The bacteria that fall on your brushes are the
same bacteria that fall on your face all day.
 
The
acidity level of the oil of our skin protects us from bacterial
invasion, because so much of the bacteria that fall on our faces can’t survive
the acidic environment.
 If breakouts
were associated with bacteria on our makeup brushes, not only would we be
breaking out all the time without makeup, we would also be erupting in terrible
infections all over our skin, as “dirty” makeup brushes swept over small cuts,
scrapes or microscopic tears in out skin from things like rough towels and
apricot scrubs!
So what is the connection between use of blushes
and bronzers and the breakouts on the hollows of your cheeks, if there is one?
Cheek breakouts. Their cause may not be what you think...

Most blushes and bronzers contain several
problematic ingredients that clog and irritate pores, little by little,
molecule by molecule.
  Over a few months,
clogging creates impactions, and irritation creates swelling and redness.
  And boom, there’s your breakout.

So, how can you avoid this, now that you know
that washing your brushes every two weeks does nothing but ruin them?
1)  Quite a
few blush and bronzer ingredient lists begin with Talc.  Always look for this in the makeup you
consider buying.  If you see it, put it
back on the shelf.  Talc basically mixes with
the oils of your skin to make something similar to spackle.  This combination accumulates inside pores, leaving
new oil production to back up inside. 
This can either create large open or closed blackheads, or become
irritating enough to blow up into pimple.
2)  There
are certain red and yellow dyes that can be irritating to pores and tend to
create impacted breakouts along the blush-line and chin.  Many blushes contain these irritating
dyes in order to be highly pigmented, especially from product lines that
are preferred by makeup artists.  The
solution to this is makeup that contains colorants called Iron Oxides, which
are substances from the ground that give sedimentary rocks their many
colors.  Most often you’ll find this in
mineral makeup.
Mineral makeup - your best bet for adult acne prevention.
3)  Many
pressed bronzers contain very
pore-clogging ingredients that are meant to hold
the cake together, to help spread the product around, and give it adherence.
  The safest way around this is to always use
loose powder bronzer instead of pressed.
 
If it’s too cumbersome to carry that around in your purse, you can
transfer a small amount into a
shaker jar and use a retractable blush brush.

4)  I hope
it goes without saying that the last thing anyone with oily skin that breaks
out is cream blush.  

I break out just
looking at them.

Cream Blush - the last thing adult acne needs!

Bottom line :

Breakouts
that correspond to areas of makeup application are never about bacteria on
makeup brushes.  Instead, these breakouts
are almost always connected pore-clogging or pore-irritating ingredients in the
makeup itself.  For hygiene purposes,
it’s okay to clean your brushes with diluted dish-washing liquid or baby
shampoo once every 8-12 weeks.  More
frequent washing will ruin the quality of your brushes!
As soon
as you switch to
foundations, powders, concealers, blushes and/or bronzers that
are not pore-clogging, your breakouts will start to subside regardless of how seldom
you wash your brushes.
  Of course, you
must thoroughly wash the pore-clogging makeup off your current 
brushes and start again fresh.  But once you start fresh, you’ll be amazed at
the difference in your skin!

Your acne problem has a source, and clearing your skin requires finding that source and either eliminating it or healing it.  You can start that right now by filling out my Eval by Email® Online Skincare Consultation Form created specially for ages Gen-X to Baby Boom!

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