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7 Kinds of Makeup to Avoid if You Have Large Pores ...

By Heather

Individuals with larger pores should know which varieties of makeup to avoid in order to prevent breakouts and look your best. Larger pores mean your makeup is absorbed into your pores almost immediately. For people with smaller pores, they’re usually more able to use a broader range of varieties. If you have larger pores, you should know which types of makeup to avoid so you don’t waste your money or harm your skin. You don’t want to use makeup that enhances the appearance of pores, which many types of makeup can do. Just avoid these certain types of makeup, and you’ll look your best 24/7 with no issues!

1 Oil Based Varieties

Oil Based Varieties One of the first tips for learning what types of makeup to avoid is to know what is the base of the makeup. Oils, creams, powders and gels all differ. If you have dry skin, oil based makeups can actually help your skin, but if you have larger, deep pores, you need to be sure to avoid oil based makeups. Most varieties will tell you if they are oil based, but always check the label to make sure.

2 Petroleum

Petroleum Many oils also contain petroleum as an emulsifier, which is usually found in oil form. Be sure to read the ingredient list on your makeup. Petroleum makes your skin look oily, makes your pores larger and even if you have dry skin, petroleum based make-ups are not healthy for your skin. It is linked to chemical imbalances in the body, and not made from a beneficial source for your skin.

3 BB Creams

BB Creams Believe it or not, BB creams might not be the best option for people with large pores. Powder forms are actually helpful, but creams are not the best option. If you choose a BB product, which stands for beauty balm, be sure to choose a powder BB product, like Physician’s Formula BB powder.

4 Talc Based Products

Talc Based Products Makeup that includes talc is not beneficial for any skin type, but for people with larger pores, it can make pores seem more prominent, and it seeps down into pores easier, which is harmful to you. Talc has been linked to many health issues, makeup products should always be checked for talcum powder lawsuit criteria and talc should generally be avoided in your makeup when possible.

5 Creams

Creams Many palettes of makeup are cream-based, which almost always have oils in them. This exacerbates the size of pores and increases your chances of breaking out. It’s always best to avoid creams and choose powder or mineral-based options instead.

6 Fragrance Based

Fragrance Based Most makeups these days contain fragrances, unless you choose a mineral makeup, which is always the best option. Fragrances seep into pores and irritate the skin, which can lead to breakouts, irritation or redness and are best avoided. Check the label to see if it says “fragrance” and if so, leave it on the shelf and choose something else.

7 Preservative Based

Preservative Based Most commercial brands of makeup that have all the fancy advertising on television are filled with preservatives and dyes, which irritate many forms of skin, but especially those people with large pores. Always choose a mineral makeup that is preservative free and read labels to be sure there are no preservatives. If you’re not sure, contact the manufacturer to find out.

My favorite brand of makeup that works with almost every type of skin is Bare Minerals. I’m not affiliated with them, but love their products. I also like Physician’s Formula brand, but some of their varieties might not work if you have large pores. Generally, most of their powder products will. If you have large pores, what kind of makeup do you use or avoid?


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