The Idea That Foundation Is ‘Bad for Skin’ Is A Straight-Up Lie, According To Derms
In its earliest iteration, foundation was known as “grease paint.” It was made from literal grease mixed with mineral pigments, and as you might imagine, it wasn’t exactly what anyone would call “skin friendly.” Thankfully, the cosmetics world has come a long way since the 1800s, but our associations between foundation and skin health have remained largely unchanged.
As for oil-based foundations, certain ingredients can get down into your skin, and that’s when problems arise. “When you wear foundation, or any other makeup that’s thick, it’s called ‘occlusive,’ and it’s going to create a sort of bandage over the opening of your sweat glands so that sweat can’t come out,” says board-certified dermatologist Nava Greenfield, MD. “And if sweat can’t come out from the glands onto the surface of the skin, it’s going to build up in the ducts and cause a pimple.”
Source: Well+Good – The Idea That Foundation Is ‘Bad for Skin’ Is A Straight-Up Lie, According To Derms By, Zoe Weiner