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Dear Dermatologist: I Fell Asleep In My Makeup. Now What Should I Do?

Sleeping in makeup


This weekend, I broke the cardinal rule of beauty. I fell asleep in my makeup.

After a Saturday night out with girlfriends, I zonked out on the couch with a full face of foundation, eyeshadow, and mascara—the works. When I woke up the next morning, my eyes were not only glued shut, but my face felt greasy, gross, and dirty AF. As someone who spends upwards of 30 minutes a day taking care of her skin, this was more than enough to make me cringe. I immediately launched into panic mode, knowing that there was only a matter of time before a massive breakout showed up all over my face.

Was there anything I could do, I wondered, to prevent the (seemingly inevitable) fallout? “Do not scrub your face vigorously; this will over-exfoliate and worsen any underlying inflammation, as well as increase the risk for acne.” Dr. Jennifer David of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Northfield, New Jersey, confirms this method of triage, noting that micellar water will act as a mild surfactant to get rid of excess dirt and oil. She also recommends following up with a second gentle cleansing step before exfoliating.


Source: Well+Good – Dear Dermatologist: I Fell Asleep In My Makeup. Now What Should I Do? By, Zoe Weiner


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