Ask the Expert: Can You Wear Makeup Over a Popped Pimple?
Despite our best judgment, we’ve all popped a pimple right before heading out the door. For some, the next step is to cover up any irritation at the attack site with makeup, but is this leaving the skin worse off? We tapped board certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dendy Engelman for the answer. Can you wear makeup over a popped pimple? Keep reading to find out!
So, you just popped a pesky pimple on your face. Now’s about the time you’re probably asking yourself the age-old question: Can I put makeup on my freshly-popped pimple? Your mind is telling you no, but your concealer bottle is saying yes. Besides, you’d feel a lot better about leaving the house if your blemish was disguised from the public. We’ve been there, and it’s not an ideal situation.
First things first: popping pimples is never an ideal solution to kicking blemishes to the curb. Blemishes should heal on their own to reduce the risk of infection and/or permanent scarring. But if the damage is done, there’s no turning back. Here’s what to do after popping a pimple, according to Dr. Engelman.
Reach for a Spot Treatment First
Good news! According to Dr. Engelman, you can put makeup on a freshly-popped pimple—after taking a few precautionary measures first, that is. She advises to first cover the area with a spot treatment—like La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo—to help protect your open pimple from cosmetics. For added protection, apply moisturizer to help create a layer of defense between your skin and your makeup. Look for a hydrating formula with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help keep future breakouts under control. By applying a layer of spot treatment and moisturizer before concealer, you can help reduce irritation and discomfort.
Camouflage with Concealer
Now that your popped pimple is protected with a layer of spot treatment, it’s time to move on to concealer. Dr. Dendy Engelman suggests using a concealer that comes in a squeezable tube or dropper rather than one in a pot to help keep unwanted bacteria at bay. Plus, since our fingers make a great home for germs, she recommends applying your concealer of choice with a brush or the applicator it’s packaged with. When applying concealer, Dr. Engelman suggests using a dabbing motion to add thin layers of product to the blemish. Be as gentle as possible.
Leave it Be
After spot-treating and concealing your blemish, the best thing you can do is to let it be. Keeping your hands off your face can aid the healing process and reduce the likelihood of long-term scarring.
Cleansing the skin is crucial to maintaining a clear complexion. Be sure to wash your face and blemishes thoroughly morning and night, especially if you’ve applied concealer earlier in the day. Before heading to bed, follow up with another layer of spot treatment (as tolerated) to help your pimple heal while you catch some Zzz’s, and, as always, be sure to keep your skin adequately moisturized. Some spot treatments can be drying, so keep an eye on the skin surrounding your breakout. If it appears dry or begins to flake, give your spot treatment a few-day break, and layer on a non-comedogenic hydrating cream.