Sleeping with makeup on is something that happens to all of us, but it is certainly not a wise thing to make it a habit. If you regularly slip into the bed with a ton of products on, then it may adversely affect your skin's health.

Here are some key complications that may occur if you do not remove makeup before going to bed. Read on…

Clogs your skin

No matter how super-awesome or advanced your makeup is, it still clogs your skin’s pores. If your pores are blocked, the sebum that is produced by your glands to wash out the dirt from the pores gets trapped and causes pimples, pustules, and boils.

Causes premature skin aging 

When you sleep at night, your skin carries a repair work to rejuvenate. If you sleep with a makeup-loaded face, your skin has to work way harder to get through all the accumulated dirt and grime, which may cause premature aging. Leaving your makeup on overnight also dries out your skin considerably and prevents it from absorbing the oxygen it needs to regenerate, and this results in skin aging and spots.

Creates a breeding ground for bacteria

Our skin generally gets prone to infections whenever any kind of beauty product is applied to it for long. If you sleep overnight with makeup, our body’s inbuilt defensive system cannot work properly to rejuvenate the facial skin. This may cause certain allergic reactions and bacterial infections.

Skin gets patchy and discoloration may occur

young beautiful woman looking at her face with concern
If you sleep with makeup on, your skin may turn patchy and discoloration may occur in the long run. Discoloration is most apparent on the lips and around the eyes, both of which can add years to your face and make you look much older than you really are. 

It’s really bad for your eyes 

Sleeping with makeup on is perhaps the worst for your eyes. The skin around the eyes is the most delicate and the thinnest on the body. If one sleeps with mascara, eyeliner, or eye-shadow, the skin around the eyes dries out very easily, leading to wrinkles and development of crow’s feet. So it is good to shed off your makeup and sleep clean and clear.

So, the bottom line is that even if you're super tired, do wash your face before heading to bed. Your skin will definitely thank you.

To know about the best facial skin cleansing practices according to your skin type, you can consult a dermatologist at

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Priya Singh

Priya Singh is a professional writer and editor with 13 years of experience in writing/editing health and lifestyle content for diverse verticals such as magazine, newspaper, and digital media.

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