Trick or Treat…Don’t Let Halloween Ruin Your Skin!


Halloween is literally less than two weeks away and people across the United States are getting super excited about it. Not just the kids, but adults are anxious to put their costumes on as well. It should come as no surprise that costumes and makeup are essentials of dressing for the occasion.

This year, I want you to do something different. What I want you to do is take an inventory of the condition of your skin. I want you to do this before you apply that nasty Halloween makeup. Why? Well, because so many people don’t realize it, but their fall skin problems are most likely related to the candy-centric holiday. It’s specifically related to the makeup.

halloween makeup skin problems
Pinterest: @razzmyberry

Why Halloween Makeup And Candy Destroy Your Skin

There’s a good chance that you’ll need to head to Walgreens or CVS to pick up some Halloween makeup. It’s not the type of thing that most people keep at their house. The problem is that this makeup is the main reason when dermatologist offices flood with patients post-holiday. Now, I’m not telling you that you cannot have any fun. What I’m saying is that you need to know what to avoid and what’s safe to use.

There are a few pesky ingredients that you’re going to want to always avoid. Start by being on the lookout for isopropyl myristate. If you see this ingredient listed on the label then put it down and back away slowly! No, but seriously, do not use any products that contain this ingredient. The reason you want to avoid this ingredient is due to the fact that it’s well-known to cause acne problems.

Now, I know it sounds strange but if you’re going to wear Halloween makeup, you must properly prepare your skin before applying. The best way to do this is to use a primer of some sort. Make sure the primer contains an ingredient called dimethicone and that you apply the primer before you apply the makeup. Dimethicone will protect your skin from the low-quality makeup, making it more difficult for your skin to become irritated. It can also help make your makeup last longer as the night progresses.

Now, I know you’re going to hate this next part but it must be said. If you have sacrifice getting extra sleep on just one night to instead wash your face, then you want to make it Halloween night. I repeat, do not go to bed wearing your Halloween makeup. It’s probably the worst thing that you can do for your skin. Instead, what you want to do is apply some oil to your face to help break up the makeup. You can use almond oil for best results. Just don’t use olive oil because although it is good, it can clog your pores. The next step is to then use your daily cleanser to remove the remaining makeup and film that might me left behind.

Just because the festive night has passed, that doesn’t mean it still can’t impact your skin. What I mean by that is that all the candy and sugar you’ll be collecting from trick or treating can have a negative impact on your skin. Consuming too much sugar can hinder collagen production and reduce elastin levels. All of this can lead to more wrinkles. Not to mention that too much candy causes some people to break out in general.

Think about all of this before you decide to out this Halloween. Whatever you do, be safe and take care of that skin!

Trick or Treat…Don’t Let Halloween Ruin Your Skin!
5 (100%) 3 votes
Brandon Sirrico


Brandon Sirrico is a well-versed marketing expert with a background in finance. He holds an MBA from Florida International University and an undergrad from Northeastern. A former bodybuilder, he's a dedicated gym rat who provides many updates on health and diet as well as reactions to trending skin care topics.