Stop Acne Ruining Your Halloween

Halloween is one of the few nights a year that you can transform yourself into anything you want; whether it's a cowboy, vampire or minion. If you do find you're particularly prone to a nasty breakout, Halloween and fancy dress parties can sometimes be nights you dread as well as look forward to.

Patch Test

Just like dying your hair you should always perform a patch test before caking your face in makeup. This involves applying a small amount of the product you're going to use onto a patch of your skin (behind your ear is often a good spot) to test the reaction your skin may have.

Alternatives to makeup

Not all killer costumes must include a full face of paint. Masks and wigs can be a great alternative; not only saving your skin from unnecessary irritation but also saves you preparation time. If you want to go for a spookier look you could try coloured contacts, assuming you won't already be wearing contacts/are sure they won't irritate your eyes (ask your GP).

End of the night

Remember that no matter how amazing your night may have been, it's very important to take off your makeup before going to bed, regardless of how late it is. Sleeping with normal makeup on can be bad enough for your skin, but given that Halloween makeup is thicker, heavier, and is more oil-based, you won't want to leave it on for longer than necessary.

If you don't remove all the makeup, it can clog your pores and lead to more painful, unsightly pimples that can make your hangover even worse.

Don't feel you have to live your life having to avoid celebrating certain occasions to the max because you're worried of a nasty breakout. Although acne can be emotionally difficult to live with, you don't have to suffer alone. A medically trained dermatologist will be able to provide support and explain the different treatment options available including which is suited for your skin type including which is suited for your skin type.

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