Why Sleeping in Your Makeup is a Huge Mistake

By Grace Davis

Haven’t we all been guilty of sleeping with a full face of makeup at least once? You get home late from a night of partying or you doze off while binge watching your favorite Netflix show, and you don’t wash your makeup off. So, how bad can sleeping in your makeup for one night be? Wearing your caked-on war paint to bed might seem like a little slip-up, but it is damaging to more than just your pillowcase.

Hello, Acne!

Makeup can clog pores and lead to breakouts because it traps in the oil on your face. If you don’t wash your face at night, it can lead to bacteria build-up. Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer points to the fact that our skin never stops working, just like our hearts never stop beating. He explains, "Just like our internal organs, our skin is always at work. Skin is made up of water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and chemicals. Skin is also covered in pores, which allow us to sweat and secrete sebum, a natural lubricant that moisturizes skin and removes dead skin cells and other irritants from our pores. When you apply makeup, you block your pores from releasing sebum, which may lead to visibly larger pores and acne overtime." Invest in your skin, and take care of it. It’s going to represent you for a pretty long time, don’t you think?

Accelerating Your Aging Process – Wrinkle City!

Don’t let age change you, change the  way you age! According to  Murat Evin, Creative Director at The London School of Make-Up, “Not removing makeup before you go to bed means that it cakes onto your face…as wonderful as makeup is, if it is not properly removed before bed, it can lead to a collagen breakdown. If collagen cannot be produced properly, it means your skin ages faster than it is supposed to; drying out, it creates more wrinkles and helps to deepen existing ones." Keep in mind – skincare is essential, makeup is simply a choice. 

Eyelash Loss


Unfortunately, you read that right. Another negative result of sleeping in your eye makeup like mascara and eyeliner, is that the product can rub into your lashes, causing breakage. That's why it's important to take it all off, keep your eyelashes safe. Rodriguez of Chalet Cosmetics concurs, saying, "Failing to properly remove eye makeup causes lashes to break." Use a gentle remover. Your lashes will thank you.

Stye in Your Eye

What…the…follicles. So, on top of everything else you have to worry about (like the horrible damage to your lashes), left-on eye makeup may result in clogged eyelash follicles, which can lead to the development of small bumps cause styes, yikes. According to Dr. Schweiger, "Mascara and eyeliner can be rubbed by your pillow and end up in your eyes, which can lead to significant eye irritation. I recommend keeping makeup remover pads by your bed, to wipe across your face and eyes on those nights when you don’t have time to properly cleanse before getting into bed. Sleeping in eye makeup repeatedly may result in the clogging of the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids. When these areas become clogged, bacteria can build up and cause inflammation. As a result, small bumps called styes can form. These bumps may resolve spontaneously, but many require treatment from your doctor."

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WOW! Love the tip about leaving makeup wipes next to your bed! This will be a game changer for my struggling skin(: Thank you!!

Janelle June 25, 2019

OMG! I never knew about styes! You’ll never catch me leaving mascara on now >o< Great info!

Rose June 18, 2019

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