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This is not an uncommon question among those who are habitual makeup users. You might often be left with the nagging concern that makeup will cause or worsen breakouts – does it really?

The answer is a resounding YES.

squeezing pimple

Makeup may cause acne and worsen blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and inflammation, and even clog skin pores. So to answer the question, yes, your skin does need makeup free days.

… going completely make-up free for two (consecutive or non-consecutive) days a week can result in younger, healthier looking skin in under a month.

This is according to skincare experts, as published in a recent report. According to skin specialist Dr Esho, paraben in some makeup accumulate within pores and the outermost layers of the skin, and this may cause collagen and elastin in skin to breakdown. The result is less youthful looking skin. The 5:2 beauty regime (i.e. going makeup-less for two days a week) promotes skin cell turnover, which translates into the faster formation of new cells, and thus a more youthful, glowing complexion.

Going makeup-free is not all doom and gloom… You can still look great without makeup!

1. Skincare


Don’t underestimate what good a disciplined skincare regime can do to your skin. Ensuring your skin look youthful and healthy is the key for a beautiful makeup-free look!

2. Pluck your eyebrows


Your eyebrows are very essential face-framing features! Keep your eyebrows well maintained through constant plucking and shaping. If you’re not confident of shaping them on your own, find out more about the different brow bars in Singapore here,

3. Lipcare


Your lips are more prominent than you think they are. And your lips can look good without any lip colour – so long as you maximise their potential! You can do so by exfoliating your lips weekly to get rid of dead skin, and by moisturising them daily.  Also remember to wear lip balm with SPF if you’re going to be under the sun for extended periods of time. With tender and soft lips, you can certainly do away with the makeup!

4. Haircut

Our haircuts make a great impact on others’ first impressions of us. Find a haircut that best suits you and your face shape. With your defining feature as your haircut, others will put less attention on whether you actually have makeup on.

5. Adequate sleep

All of the above need to be accompanied by adequate sleep. Sleep = beauty; research shows that sleep deprivation does make us look older. Waking up after adequate sleep allows us to look fresh and is thus a great confidence booster! Also remember to bring out that genuine smile. You’ll shine inside out even without makeup.

What if you really cannot live without makeup?

Then, select your makeup wisely to reduce its negative effects!

Acne.org has compiled a list of ingredients to avoid when choosing your makeup:

ingredients to avoid


Need more tips? Try to select makeup labelled “non-comedogenic” – such products are less likely to clog up pores, and this translates to lower probabilities of acne (as oil and bacteria buildups are greatly reduced). Also try to search for makeup which are “hypoallergenic” (i.e. they cause fewer allergic reactions) and “fragrance free”, as fragrances may irritate some skin types and cause and allergy or worsen the acne. Apply makeup sparingly, and opt for sheer and water-based products whenever possible.