What Happens When you Leave your Makeup on Overnight

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Let’s be honest here, we have all done it. Returning home from a wild night out, exhausted or wasted in some cases. The last thing on our minds was to wipe out the makeup and wash our faces. I mean we barely reached the front door! I know you all feel me.

At this moment, I always remember that will power is up to us and 2 min of extra time awake will actually do my skin a favor.

In this post, I will share some striking facts about leaving makeup on overnight. After, discussing the issue with my girlfriends we all agreed that it is bad but none of us knew why exactly apart from the common knowledge facts.

So, naturally, I decided to research the topic. Hopefully, these facts help you stop this “destructive” pattern. It worked for me and my girlfriends. We now no longer sleep with makeup on.

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First things first, we have all experienced the obvious side effect visible the morning after. Unrecognizable faces in the mirror, in some cases leaving our family members, scarred for life after seeing us. I think Nina Dobrev sums it up perfectly…

There’s nothing worse than sleeping in makeup. You wake up looking like a painting that’s been left out in a rainstorm.” Nina Dobrev

Shockingly survey finds almost two-thirds of women can’t be bothered removing make-up before they go to bed.

According to Neutrogena-me.com” It is very important to remove makeup before going to bed – it can cause extensive damage to your skin during the night”

Now, why is that? you might ask.

We all know that at night the skin renews itself.

So why would overnight makeup be a problem?

Well, the substances in makeup clog the pores at night, therefore, no renewal of the skin is happening. Now, as a result, blackheads, acne, redness, skin imperfection and so on start appearing. In the long run when the skin cannot “breathe” signs of fatigue are visible and the skin starts to age prematurely.

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Don’t believe me? Read what a specialist on the issues says.

“When you fall asleep with makeup on, the skin sebum secretion, dead cells, and makeup debris block pore overnight, allowing bacteria to brew acne, aggravate rosacea and cause sallow uneven blotchy skin,” – says Dr. Sonam Yadav, cosmetic dermatologist and medical director of Juverne.

“When you fall asleep with makeup on, the skin sebum secretion, dead cells, and makeup debris block pore overnight, allowing bacteria to brew acne, aggravate rosacea and cause sallow uneven blotchy skin," -Dr. Sonam Yadav Click To Tweet

So please do your skin a favor and never sleep with your make-up on. There are plenty of products to help you do that. Here you can check the best waterproof makeup removers on the market.

The bottom line:

Remember that sleeping with make-up on has side effects. It is up to you to avoid them.

No matter how tired you are, never forget your face! Your skin will definitely thank you for it. Always do it according to your skin type needs. Ask a dermatologist or visit a pharmacy to determine your skin type if in doubt.

To remove my everyday makeup if it is not long-lasting, I use a cleansing foam that removes waterproof make-up as well. Click below for more info.

Here you can read my review of it. The best face wash you need to have.

Dr. Chiu says “Cleanse twice daily. At night, if you wear heavy makeup, start with a quick makeup wipe. If you have normal to dry skin, find a gentle cleanser to lift off impurities, makeup, and dirt. For oilier skin, look for exfoliating cleansers with alpha-hydroxy acids, and for acne-prone skin, consider a topical treatment that contains active ingredient dapsone.” 

Click here to read my routine I swear by to keep my face pimple free.

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Do you sleep with your makeup on? Have you noticed any side effects?


22 thoughts on “What Happens When you Leave your Makeup on Overnight

  1. This is so important to know! I used to leave my makeup on all the time when I was younger (mostly just out of pure laziness, to be honest) and my mum would always catch me in the morning and tell me off. Now that I’m older I totally get it! It’s crazy the impact it can have on your skin.

  2. Oh I am guilty of this! But I don’t wear a huge amount and not daily. Except for my eyebrows!

    I really need to make more effort. I do try to
    Swim most nights so the bulk of it is off but I know a proper clean and cleanse is essential.

    Thank you for sharing x

    1. Hello Claire,
      Great job on swimming daily.
      I love swimming too but if I leave my makeup on I scare people 🙂 So I remove it before and then after swimming I wash my face just with a face cleanser.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. What a great informational post! Taking makeup off is one of those things we all know we should do but don’t usually know the details, so thanks for the expert advice in this post!

    1. Hello Fizz,
      You are so right, I am so happy you liked the post. I always try my best to support my arguments using expert’s or professional’s opinions. Thank you for visiting😊

  4. I was so bad for leaving make-up on when I was younger but I wouldn’t dream of doing it now! No matter how tired I am, I won’t go to bed without doing my skin care routine and I can really see the difference it makes! A really interesting blog post!


    1. Hi Hannah. I am with you on this one, last night I was so sleepy I fell asleep on the couch and on the way to the bedroom I stopped by the bathroom and did my routine. Consistency is the key😊. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Come back again☺️

  5. Wow! I never knew the ill effects of leaving makeup on overnight! Thankfully, I barely wear makeup because I’m as lazy as they come with removing makeup if I come home exhausted lol. I also suck at my skin care routine and as I’m getting older I really have to take it seriously. Great read! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. The best way to avoid the side effects is to not put at all, but It does feel nice to put some every once in a while to WOW your “audience” 😊. It is never too late to start taking care of your skin, Jen, one step at a time, I wish we women didn’t have to worry about that too but unfortunately, age starts showing prematurely if we don’t take care of our skin properly. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Come back again😊

  6. I learned years ago that if I sleep with makeup on I’m guaranteed to wake up with a breakout! Oily skin needs to breathe at night! Great post. 🙂

  7. I make a point of always removing my makeup before bed because if I sleep with makeup on a couple of days after I ALWAYS break out and it’s very rare that I get spots so I knew it was related but after reading this post it now makes a lot more sense. Very interesting!

    1. Hey, Piper. You are right to believe so, the break out is 100% related to the make up. The pores were blocked 😊. Thank you for visiting

  8. Lord, I remember those wild nights waking up looking a mess of a masterpiece 🤣
    I just started wearing makeup properly and learning how to remove it was the hardest! Thank you

    1. Oh I have been there, Olivia 😊. Playing and experimenting with makeup is so fun. Thank you for visiting

  9. I love this reminder! The thought of sleeping with stuff on my face has always grossed me out because I can feel my skin stop breathing when the pores get clogged. So, even if it has been a long night, I always wash my face. The only thing I will ever sleep with on is a gentle balm or salve. 🙂

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