Primers and Pimples

The constantly read blogs on here are those about dealing with acne and acne scarring, so I thought I’d do another along those lines!

Primers are huge within the beauty market right now, they sell themselves as smoothing the skin and retaining the pigmentation of your foundation and concealer better, thus elongating the life of your makeup. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, for one, these primers come at a cost, and two, a lot of them are oil based and therefore a minefield for acne prone skin. So what are your best options?

A good primer should smooth out your pores, creating an even base for your foundation. However, if you have acne, or the scars left behind, it can take a little more to smooth over those lumps and bumps. Using more primer is not the answer. That will drain your bank account and the oils used in most primers will clog up your pores resulting in more spots, scars and blemishes. So what primers are on the market that will work for oily skin? I am personally a huge fan of Maybelline‘s Dream Smooth Primer. This has a gooey consistency and smooths over my skin without leaving it clogged and oily. I have so far had no serious break out issues since using it. Before applying the Dream Smooth Primer I use Simple’s oil balancing moisturiser. This product was recommended to me years ago by a friend, during the height of my acne covered days, and it has proved to be amazing. Most spot remedies contain salicylic acid to dry out the skin, but sometimes in certain patches dry skin can form. Sounds like a ball doesn’t it? Spots and dry skin! Simple’s Oil Balancing Moisturiser is gentle and oil free, meaning you can maintain smooth, clear skin.

I spoke to a friend of mine, Bobbi Grae MAKEUP, who is training to be a make up artist about what she recommends for oily skin and she said,

“Personally for spot-prone skin I like to use primers that have a slight tightening quality rather than a velvety feel – ’cause a velvet one can have an oily, greasy feel if even a little too much is used. MUA have a really good tightening primer – goes on like a normal primer but dries quick and you can barely feel it on the skin at all, big fan of that one.”

Of course, the true aim is to feel comfortable and confident enough in your own skin to not need all these products on it. So let’s aim for that!


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