does makeup damage your skin

makeup is bad for your skin


Cosmetics and skincare products are widely spread in stores and beauty salons, so women and girls use them to get a more beautiful look and make the skin look beautiful and smooth, and makeup is a double-edged sword. Despite its effectiveness on the skin, it is not safe at times, as it is full of harmful and harsh synthetic chemicals on the skin, which directly affects it, and it prevents the skin from breathing and provides a suitable environment for the growth of bacteria and external impurities, which later causes skin problems. And in this article, we will talk in detail about the harmful effects of makeup on the skin. 

does makeup damage your skin

Primer damage

Primer (makeup fixer) is used to ensure the stability of makeup on the skin for the longest possible period, in addition to making the skin look uniform and smooth, and of many types, there is a face primer that is applied before the foundation cream and after moisturizer, and an eye primer that is applied before applying eye shadow, and a lip primer that is applied Before applying lipstick and eyelash primer that is applied before applying mascara. And one of these types can cause allergies, or cause acne,  especially for skin prepared for that, and if one of these cases appears, you must see a doctor immediately to take appropriate measures.

Damage to lipstick

Lipstick is one of the favorite products for girls; It gives lips a wonderful color and fullness, but lipstick has disadvantages like other materials, as it contains many toxic chemicals, including cadmium, mercury, antimony, formaldehyde, preservatives, carcinogens, and mineral oils, while the main component of lipstick is lead. , Which mainly affects the nervous system and the hormonal system, and lipstick causes sensitivity and irritation of the lips and the surrounding skin, in addition to that it leads to clogging of pores, and dry and cracked lips, as for the pigments in lipstick in it lead to skin irritation and blackening of the lips or vitiligo as a result of the disappearance Pigment cells.

Damages Alblashar

The blush is used to highlight the cheekbones and give it a healthy glow and pink color, but the blush may cause sensitivity to the skin, due to some ingredients made from it, such as the component of carmin, one of the ingredients used for a specific brand of blushers, it has been reported as a cause of allergic contact dermatitis.

Damage to foundation cream

Foundation cream works   to hide imperfections of the skin and unify its color and is considered as a basis before applying make-up on the face, but its daily use and application on the skin will affect it negatively, as in the following points: 

  • Clogged pores, not allowing the skin to breathe easily, causing a host of other problems.
  • The emergence of acne, when the pores of the skin are clogged, dirt, and germs accumulate, which leads to the occurrence of many problems, most notably acne, boils, or skin irritation.
  • Dry skin, due to chemicals, especially if the skin is sensitive then it may get worse.
  • Sensitivity, as the chemicals are an integral part of the ingredients used to make foundation creams, will directly negatively affect sensitive skin, and later on for other skin types.
  • Oily appearance, especially for people with oily skin who make mistakes in choosing a foundation cream, as it must be oil-free.

Kohl damage

Kohl gives a beautiful appearance to the eye, as it defines and highlights it more, but it has negative harms like other cosmetics, as it may cause chemical, toxic, and infectious conjunctivitis, iritis, glaucoma, dry eyes, and discoloration of the conjunctiva, and it is advised not to put kohl on the eyes during the injury Infection, surgery, etc.

Natural cleansers to remove makeup and get rid of its damages

Aloe vera and honey

The mixture of aloe vera and honey helps remove make-up, get rid of impurities stuck to the face and cleanse it well. This mixture is prepared by following the following steps: 

The ingredients :

  • Equal amounts of aloe vera gel and honey.
  • Two tablespoons of any optional oil per cup of the mixture.

Method of preparation and use :

  • Mix the ingredients with each other well using an electric mixer until a dough is obtained.
  • Put the mixture in an airtight container, then in the refrigerator to preserve the aloe vera, especially if it is fresh.
  • Take an amount of the mixture upon use, and rub the face with it gently for a minute or two, then wash the face with cold water and dry it well.

Rosewater and glycerin

This mixture is prepared by following the following steps: 

The ingredients :

  • A cup of rose water.
  • A quarter cup of aloe vera gel.
  • Two teaspoons of glycerin.
  • A teaspoon of Castile soap.
  • 8 drops rose water extract.

Method of preparation and use :

  • The ingredients are well mixed with each other and then kept in a pump bottle.
  • When using, spray a little of the mixture on a clean hand or a clean cloth and rub the face with it in circular motions until the make-up is removed.
  • Wash the face with warm water and dry it well.


Honey contains anti-bacterial agents that fight acne, in addition to containing enzymes that help remove dead skin cells. Honey can be used to remove makeup in the following way:

The ingredients :

  • A teaspoon of natural honey.

Usage method :

  • Rub hands with honey, then spread on the face with a massage in circular motions.
  • After that, leave the face for 5 - 10 minutes, then remove the honey using a warm cloth.

Tips and Advice

Here are some additional tips and tricks: 

  • The necessity to stop using the product that causes any reaction on the skin immediately.
  • Use hydrocortisone cream after consulting your doctor, as it helps reduce inflammation significantly.
  • Make sure to choose products with few ingredients, as this reduces the chance of a reaction on the skin.
  • A simple test on the elbow is necessary and a wait of 48-72 hours. If redness, itching, burning, or swelling is observed, this product should not be used.
  • The presence of terms on the product label such as: “hypoallergenic,” “dermatologist tested,” “sensitivity tested,” or “non-irritating,” does not guarantee that the product will be gentle on the skin. Grammar of how these terms are used on the label.

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