Acne and no make up! Anyone?

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Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I don’t typically wear make-up. I’d say I don’t wear make-up or wear very minimal make-up (like some lipstick and mascara) 80% of the time. No one has ever made comments to me about it. As far as I know it’s never caused issues for me professionally. It’s not like I go to work a mess. I wash my face, do my hair, wear nice clothes. I just don’t feel the need for makeup to “complete “ my look or whatever.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I don’t really get acne anymore but I do have some acne scars and general redness in my skin and uneven skin tone/color. I used to never even leave the house without makeup. For many years (im 39 now). But now I haven’t really worn it for a few years. I have had a few different jobs and I don’t think anyone even notices or cares. And when I’ve thought about it I thought how I definitely don’t judge any coworkers for how their skin looks or lack of make up, like it never even crosses my mind, and realized all that time I spent worried about covering it all up, no one would’ve really cared! Although I think being single had something to do with that too, I feel a lot more confident in general since I’ve been with my fiancé. I guess it could be different depending on your field of work, but for me it’s been fine! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

It’s awesome that you’re so confident!  If I had acne I wouldn’t leave the house without covering it up… I’m just too much of a self-conscious person.  I have redness on my cheeks so I wear foundation to even that out.

If you ever wanted to try, I’ve heard great things about Bare Essentials makeup.  My sister suffered from terrible acne all through her 20s and she swore by it.

As far as the “professional world”, it 100% depends on what you do for work.  But I will say that someone who looks well put together will be viewed more favorably by peers, whether they realized it or not.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I can’t typically be bothered to wear make-up and my acne is pretty bad some days now that I’m pregnant (it varies lol).

My mother insists that you must wear make-up to look professional, however I’ve always disagreed. MIND YOU, there is definietely a difference in how people treat a person based on appearance, I have noticed when wearing make-up vs. not.

Honestly what bothers me about NOT wearing make-up is when I do people go all shocked and make stupid comments. One of my previous managers actually said “You look like a woman!” which was seriously offensive considering that job was Tim Hortons, and who wears a face full of make-up every day to sweat serving goddamn coffee.

Post # 6
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Newbee

I have some acne scarring and redness on my cheeks that i’m trying to clear up at the moment so i’m not wearing makeup alot of the time these days. Nobody has said anything to me about it! I just wear it when/if i want too. 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

hakuyanayaku :  I used to wear makeup daily, mainly to cover my acne. Mascara, nautral tones for eye shadow, and some basic color on my cheeks. Some days I still will do my eyes and cheeks but no foundation. I found that wearing foundation just created the problem. (Funny how that works.)

Now that I’m off the pill, my acne is better but still exists. I’ve wanted to wear makeup to cover up some redness. I learned the hard way that it’s just not worth it, even to work.

Yes, it is odd going to work with no makeup on. It has taken a lot of courage and less caring to do it. I also think my job environment made it easier to do so. It wasn’t extremely formal and the people were not as concerned with vanity. (The one before that was different.) I think I just got comfortable enough to not care. Now, I work for an even less formal company and people are just used to my face — acne and all.

I haven’t had any issues or people make comments. I really don’t think people would have that type of gall to say something to my face. And if they did, who cares. They aren’t the ones with my skin. They don’t know how I feel. And at this point, I don’t give a damn. I know that my skin is better off with no foundation. So, that’s how I like it. 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

hakuyanayaku :  I hate how it feels on my face.  The last time I wore it was to a wedding in August, but just tinted moisturizer, nothing crazy.  Before that I think it had been 2 years. I had an allergic eye rash for so long that I couldn’t pinpoint the cause (it was red meat!) and makeup was out of the question anyway. 

The other thing is, I’m a stay at home mom. I am a very natural and natural minded person. I kiss and hug my children and husband so much every day that I don’t see the point in wearing makeup and I don’t want to get it on them either.

I also don’t like chemicals on my skin, and even the best makeup isn’t the best. I don’t even use skincare products minus a glycolic face wash. Whatever you put on your face gets absorbed into your sinuses. I don’t enjoy getting sick or getting migraines, so its better this way.

I’m also missing whatever gene or cell that makes you care about what other people think of you. The only person whose opinion matters to me is my husband and he tells me I’m beautiful all the time… especially after I’ve showered HAHAHA. He always says “you don’t need makeup”. I want my own skin to be vibrant and youthful– naturally.  That’s my goal. If I break out I notice immediately what I ingested that gave me acne because I have tailored my diet and skin routine so meticulously…and I struggled with acne for a long time. My skin is pretty good now.

And finally, I have 3, almost 4 daughters. I don’t focus on my appearance and I don’t ever want them to think their appearance dictates their worth as females. I don’t want them to have a mother obsessed with vanity, looking in mirrors, weighing herself, etc.  I don’t think there’s shame in aging. It’s all about loving yourself. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

And just for shits and giggles, I also don’t wear a bra! I own 0 bras. LOL

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I wear make-up in part to cover inflammatory acne and the resulting hyperpigmentation, but also because I love the creative process of doing my make-up every morning. 

Whilst I doubt anyone would ever say anything to me, I do think it’s important to minimise the appearance of acne in my role. As it is, I look quite young for my age (short, petite, round-faced), so I think adding acne to the mix would serve to reinforce my clients’ image of me as a young girl, which could undermine my expertise… or that could just be my own insecurity talking.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’m not a make up person.  i wear makeup for very special occassions, so only a few times a year.  i no longer have bad skin (thanks ivf meds). but even when my skin was bad, especially in high school/college, i didn’t wear makeup.

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I’m 25 and I’ve been breaking out the majority of my adult life or trying to recover from acne scarring. It’s nothing major so I always dealt with it with some concealer. I thought I was ugly with my bare face, until I met me SO. I haven’t been wearing makeup much at all for a year, starting the day my fiance told me how absolutely glowing and radiant and just overall beautiful when I was sick a dog at the hospital with no makeup.

However, I didn’t have a regular job back then, I was imbetween jobs for a while and I got used to no makeup. Now that I have a new job, I fall back in the loop. The fear or looking unprofessional! It’s so saddening but I mean it is true. I’ve had days without makeup and with makeup and I tell you (as an instructor) my students even take me more seriously with makeup. That’s super frustrating. I’m saying fck ya tomorrow and embrace myself.

Thank you for this topic to discuss. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

hakuyanayaku :  nowadays my acne is just a zit now and then… thank goodness! But makeup has never really appealed to me so I only wear a light amount for special occasions. It’s way more effort than I need in my life. I have never had a grown person comment on my lack of makeup and I doubt my response would be pretty if they did. I’m picturing telling someone I’d wear makeup when they lost weight or something equally unkind.  People need to mind their business. In a professional setting, as long as the employee is appropriately dressed and doesn’t smell bad, nothing else should concern a boss or coworker about appearance. 

The only time I ever had someone tell me I should wear make up was a nice, backhanded compliment about my appearance in my late teens or so – “Other girl and I just agreed that if you plucked your eyebrows and wore make up, you’ll be the prettiest girl at [work].” So fine then, I was the prettiest, lol. 

ETA it helps that I don’t have the complexion of a dead body though… I totally feel for those ladies!

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I can’t believe your clients have actually said something! That’s so beyond rude. I don’t think my clients would ever say anything, but I certainly worry they may be thinking it at times. 

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