You’ve heard it all before: Going to bed with your makeup on won’t do your skin any good, but just how bad can things really get? According to the experts, really bad, but let’s just say you’ll be much more vigilant about going to be with a clear complexion after reading this article. In this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at what happens to your skin if you keep skipping the all-important rule of washing your makeup off before bed, but before we get to the good stuff, let’s clear something up…

Can going to be with your makeup on cause skin problems if it happens once in a blue moon?

Technically speaking, one night of sleeping with your makeup on probably won’t reap havoc on your skin, nor will it cause any real lasting damage to the skin. The real problem comes in when this becomes a bad habit. The longer you go to bed with your makeup on, the more clogged your pores will become, which may lead to more serious skin problems such as microcomedone, which is a terrible cause of acne.

The Downside of Sleeping With Your Makeup On

If you’re a routine rule breaker that constantly forgets (ahem…skips rather) to wash your makeup off before you hit the sack, here’s what may start happening to your skin:

1. Say hello to breakouts

Dirt and dead skin cells get removed when we wash our faces before bed, and if we leave our makeup on during the night, that debris clogs our pores, which may easily lead to inflammation which resembles pimples on the skin.


2. Dum, dum, dum, tshhhh - Hello dull complexion!

A lot of women get up in the morning and wish they had a brighter, more radiant complexion, but the fact that they don’t properly clean their faces at night might have a lot to do with the problem in the first place. When we regularly cleanse and exfoliate our skin, we’re actually paving the way for new skin cells to emerge, which may help speed up the skin’s natural repair process. Keep up the good work and make sure you’re washing off your makeup properly before your head hits that pillow and who knows, you might not need all that makeup in the near future!

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3. You’re how old?

Whenever dirt and old makeup gets trapped against our skins, it causes environmentally-induced oxidative damage, which may lead to the breakdown of the skin’s natural barrier, which in turn causes the visible signs of premature aging to look much more intense. According to a study published in the Daily Mail in 2013, one woman looked ten years older in just 30 days because she intentionally didn’t wash the makeup off her face before going to bed. If that doesn’t send off alarm bells, we don’t know what will.


4. Infections can and will find you eventually

Sure, sleeping with your makeup on might not cause any direct infection of the skin, but if you small abrasions on the surface of your skin and you go to bed with your makeup on, you’re effectively creating the ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

5. Got acne? Here’s some more!

In any woman’s beauty regimen, cleaning is an essential step, but women who have sensitive skin need to pay even more serious attention to this. If you’ve got very oily skin, sleeping with your makeup on might worsen your preexisting skin conditions such as acne. Make sure you’re paying close attention to getting rid of all traces of makeup before turning in for the night to help combat this problem.


6. Rashes reaping havoc

A lot of makeup formulations contain irritants such as perfumes and dyes, which can and will eventually cause inflammation when it’s left on the skin for prolonged periods of time. This becomes even more prevalent for women that battle with skin conditions such as rosacea or very sensitive skin. To help cut down on the risk of developing a nasty scar, be sure to wash your face thoroughly before going to be, each and every night.


Final Thoughts

We know the battle is all too real. Most of us are super tired at times, and the last thing we’re amped about is heading over to the bathroom and washing our faces down, but know this: your skin will thank you in the long run. Aim for cleaning your skin twice daily, once in the morning and again before you hit the hay. Make sure you use gentle facial wipes to get rid of the majority of makeup and then turn to a gentle exfoliating cleanser containing alpha-hydroxy acids to help clear the skin of any remaining makeup that might clog your pores.