Makeup Clogging Your Pores? We’ve Got You Covered

Makeup Clogging Your Pores? We’ve Got You Covered

Published by Jil Goorman on Jun 21st 2022

It’s no secret that makeup is a leading cause of clogged pores, but you don’t have to give it up altogether to achieve glowing, clear skin. With that in mind, you can do several things to avoid excessively clogging your pores and causing blemishes on your face. We’ve got you covered with several tips, tricks, and ideal products if your makeup is clogging your pores.

Common Makeup and Skin-Care Mistakes To Avoid

Makeup and skin care go hand in hand, and making these common mistakes might be the root cause of your breakouts and dull skin. Obviously, one of the primary uses for makeup is to cover undesirable skin conditions, but clearing up everything you want to cover in the first place is possible if you avoid these mistakes.

Using Wipes To Remove Makeup

Despite their ease of use, relying on cleansing wipes to remove your makeup could be an explanation for your continuous breakouts. Wipes simply smear makeup, dirt, oil, and bacteria around your face rather than lifting it away from your skin. You can use wipes to begin removing your makeup, but you should follow them with micellar water or another makeup remover formulated for your skin type.

Sleeping in Your Makeup

Going to bed without taking off your makeup is one of the most detrimental mistakes you can make for your skin. In fact, makeup is more likely to clog your pores when you don’t remove it at night. Since your skin heals and refreshes itself each night while you sleep, giving your skin a break and letting it breathe are essential.

Letting Makeup Interfere With Your Skin’s Healing

Makeup can also interfere with healing during the day. When you apply makeup products to an inflamed blemish, the perfumes and oils can seep into the breakout and cause further aggravation. You can avoid this by using a cotton swab to wipe your blemishes clean during your normal skin-care routine. Then, apply a thin layer of a blemish protectant gel before continuing with your makeup routine. This protectant creates an invisible barrier to prevent the makeup from aggravating your breakout.

Neglecting Your Makeup Brushes

Neglecting your makeup brushes is an easy yet deleterious mistake to make. Your brushes and sponges harbor tons of acne-causing bacteria, dead skin cells, and old makeup that can wreak havoc on your skin. Be sure to clean your makeup tools often; starting with once a month is a good goal if you currently don’t ever clean them, but once a week is the best achievable goal.

Makeup Ingredients Known To Cause Breakouts

Many people often overlook the ingredients in their makeup when trying to determine the root causes of their breakouts. Although makeup formulas have come a long way, the beauty industry has yet to remove several acne-causing ingredients from products.


When you use a product containing alcohol, it can have a drying effect on your skin. If you have existing breakouts, the added dryness and irritation can inflame and worsen them. Although you want pimples to dry out, products containing gentler ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will work better.


Acrylics hold makeup ingredients together and keep them on your skin, but ultimately, applying products that contain acrylic is like putting plastic on your face. An acrylic product will trap any dirt and debris underneath it and clog your pores.

Mica and Talc

Mica and talc are common ingredients in foundations, powders, bronzers, and highlighters. Although they’re responsible for these products’ glowy, light-reflecting effect, they can also clog your pores and cause breakouts. If you have severely acne-prone skin, consider avoiding mica and talc altogether.

Perfumes and Dyes

Artificial scents and colors make products look and smell more appealing, but they can be incredibly irritating to your skin. Especially if you have ultra-sensitive skin, consider natural products that still look and smell amazing.


Silicone is responsible for making foundations and primers feel silky and smooth. Because of silicone’s ability to create a protective barrier on the skin, however, it tends to trap dirt, bacteria, and oil and clog your pores. It isn’t always a harmful ingredient in makeup products, but it can be for specific skin types.

What To Look For in Your Makeup

Opting for acne-safe makeup and skin-care products is quite possibly the best thing you can do for your sensitive, blemish-prone skin. Now that you know what to avoid in your makeup products, you might be wondering what you should look for instead. Here are a few keywords and ingredients you should see on the packaging of your makeup and skin-care products.

Noncomedogenic or Nonacnegenic

You should look for the words “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” on your makeup products; these terms simply mean the product is specifically formulated not to clog pores or cause acne. Unless a product has one of these terms displayed on the packaging, you should assume it can clog your pores.

Vitamins A, C, and E

Vitamins C and E are incredibly good for your skin because they’re antioxidants. They may protect your skin from UV damage and also give you a naturally bright, glowing complexion. In addition, vitamin A—also known as retinol—is helpful in the fight against premature aging. It’ll reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boost your skin’s firmness.

Rose Water and Witch Hazel

Many toners contain both rose water and witch hazel. Rose water works to balance your skin’s pH, while witch hazel harbors anti-inflammatory properties. You can use these products independently, but using a product that combines both may benefit you.

Aloe Vera

You’re probably familiar with the remarkable properties of aloe vera. In fact, its high water content and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent addition to your daily beauty routine. No matter your skin type or concerns, you can use aloe vera on your skin every day.

When your makeup is clogging your pores, our team at Jil Goorman Beauty has you covered. Safe products tailored to all skin types are our priority, and we want you to feel confident in your own skin. Visit us online for a skin consultation or for a wide variety of acne-safe hair-care, skin-care, and makeup products.

Makeup Clogging Your Pores? We’ve Got You Covered