Can skin actually “breathe”?

We have seen many celebrities and bloggers claiming to have little to no makeup so it can help their skin to breathe; hence, improve skin health. But is there any actual benefit to it? Let’s find out.

There’s no denying that the pleasure of going bare-faced on a free day is awesome! “There are certain benefits to wearing zero to minimal makeup, especially for people with sensitive skin or who are prone to breakouts. The biggest culprits are the fragrances, allergens, preservatives, and oils in makeup, which can cause blotchiness or acne. But as long as you remove makeup properly so it doesn’t clog your pores, you should be fine. If you wear makeup, wash your face two times every day — or more if you work out — with a facial cleanser, and if needed, exfoliate to get off any heavy layers of makeup.” says dermatologist Papri Sarker in an allure interview.

So – does our skin need to breathe?

The dermatologist goes on to explain, “The top layer of the skin is dead, so it doesn’t ‘breathe.’ When people talk about skin ‘breathing,’ they’re usually referring to whether the skin is occluded (closed up) or not. Occluding the skin can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It can also cause skin to look dull—especially if a heavy amount of makeup is applied and not removed. The lower, living layers of skin get their oxygen and nutrients from the blood supply, or from what you put in your body. That’s why what you eat and drink is at least as important as what you’re putting on your face.”