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Teen Girls' Health

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Makeup and Your Skin

What to know before you pick out foundation, powder, or cover sticks.

Acne and Dry Skin

“Not all acne is due to oil,” Marmur says. “That’s a stereotype. Many teens have dry skin and acne, but a lot of [acne treatment] products dry skin out and leave you with irritation."

It’s very common for teens with acne to also have eczema on their face, a condition that causes skin to become inflamed and often very dry and scaly.

If you have acne and eczema, drying out your skin can make the eczema much worse. In this case, the right moisturizer is what you’re on the hunt for. “Many teens think that [using moisturizer] will make them break out more,” Green says. “But using a non-oily, noncomedogenic moisturizer actually makes it better.”

Dry skin and acne can both be improved by treating acne with prescription antibiotics and facial lotions that are non-drying, such as moisturizing gels.

Foundation Breakdown

There are a lot of options for teens when it comes to choosing a foundation makeup. Not only is the market flooded with many different brands, there are different textures, too.

Here’s a rundown of the most common types of foundation makeup and what you can expect from each.

Liquid Foundation

If you are interested in a liquid foundation, Marmur suggests trying a light tinted moisturizer or a thinner liquid makeup for a more sheer, natural cover. “It will moisturize [the skin] and it is easier to take off,” she says.

In addition, some liquid foundations contain salicylic acid. Marmur says foundations that are non-oily, noncomedogenic, and contain acne-fighting salicylic acid allow teens to wear makeup and still keep their skin clear because they don’t block pores.

Mineral Foundations

Mineral powders are often advertised as natural products that will not only provide a nice smooth appearance, but also help to promote healthier skin.

These products are OK for teens, Marmur says, but most are oil-based clay, which may not be the best product for a young girl with oily skin. Still, “it will make skin look better for the day,” Marmur admits.

If you’re partial to mineral powder foundation, take extra care in removing it at the end of the day. Look for an oil-based makeup remover, and then go over your face again with a mild toner to make sure that all the makeup is completely removed and your skin is clear.

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