The Clear Skin Project Blog

Skin Healthy Halloween Tips

A woman sitting in front of a mirror and putting on clown makeup.

Putting on scary face makeup can be great fun for Halloween – just remember to take care of your skin during the spooky holiday.

To avoid the frustration of a skin breakout, Dr. Hilary Baldwin of the Acne Treatment & Research Center offers the following tips on what to use or avoid during this Halloween season:

If you decide to use face makeup make sure you check it out before buying it, especially if your skin is more sensitive or you already have acne. “There is no harm wearing foundation when you have acne as long as the product has been tested for acnegenicity and comedogencity – two ingredients that tend to cause acne or blackheads,” she says. Remember that ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ does not necessarily mean safe. It certainly does not mean that it won’t make your face skin worse. Additionally, ‘oil-free’ products are not necessarily okay as there are plenty of non-oils that can also cause pores to clog.”

Candy is what Halloween is all about, but junk food may affect your skin: There is no real evidence to support the long-held belief that chocolate can make you break out. So, go ahead and treat yourself to a candy bar. But, too much candy could have a negative effect on your skin. That is because foods that are high on the glycemic index – including sugary candies like jelly beans – can have a negative effect on your skin. Enjoy in moderation – or pass altogether.

Stay hydrated: Sugary candies, alcohol, excess food and less sleep time are all potential byproducts of Halloween party season. All of these things can dehydrate your skin. Also, weather is getting cooler and your skin needs to adjust. So drink lots of water and consider applying a creamy, heavy moisturizer to your skin on or around Halloween night.

A little bit of prevention really can help your skin this Halloween season. Keeping the ghouls and goblins of problem skin away is a treat that many will appreciate.


An Apple A Day…

14560015_578254725694426_2370402970203827774_oAn apple a day… keeps the doctor at bay. We’ve found that apples not only taste good; they also help promote collagen growth in the skin. Apples:

  • Boost your intake of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. Vitamin C helps you make collagen, a protein found abundantly in your skin. Collagen is a crucial structural component of skin and helps maintain your skin’s waterproof barrier.
  • Provide a source of copper, an essential mineral that contributes to healthy skin.
    • Copper helps you make melanin, the brown-black pigment that colors your skin. Melanin in your skin protects you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so being able to produce melanin provides natural sun protection.
  • Contain pectin, which is also important in maintaining and promoting collagen growth in skin.
    • Like most fruits and vegetables, the peel of the apple contains the highest amount of pectin; in fact, some research has found the amount of pectin in the peel of an apple may be equal to or even more than the amount in the actual fruit of the apple itself.How about them apples?!