Here’s Why Going To Bed With Makeup On Ruins Your Skin

Here’s Why Going To Bed With Makeup On Ruins Your Skin


By: Annie Morgan

We’ve all been there, after a long day the last thing we feel like doing is taking off our makeup at night before we go to sleep.

As every woman knows, to truly cleanse your skin (no, makeup wipes don’t count) it is quite a process.

And to hydrate your skin and properly remove your makeup… let’s just say it takes multiple steps.

But going to bed with makeup on isn’t just lazy, it can actually be harmful and seriously damage your skin.

So before you even think about going to bed with your makeup on yet again, check out these skin dangers below.


It’s a vicious cycle.

You wear makeup to cover up imperfections, yet each and every time you go to bed with makeup on you are trapping bacteria under your skin.

Since our skin takes a beating throughout the day it needs time to repair and rejuvenate.

But each time you wear makeup to bed you are prohibiting your skin from going through the natural exfoliation process.

As a result, you’ll wake up with clogged pores full of bacteria, and acne on your face.

Self reports:

“Sleep is the body’s time to repair itself from the stress of the day,” board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Brooke A. Jackson, M.D., F.A.A.D., tells SELF. While you sleep, growth hormone stimulates renewal of all of the body’s organs, including the skin, explains Jackson. “[The growth hormone] is secreted in a cyclical manner throughout the day, but peak secretion is about an hour after the sleep cycle begins,” Jackson says. During that time, the growth hormone goes to work repairing damage in the skin that comes from the sun, pollution, and free radicals.”

Having makeup on your skin so you can’t breathe definitely hampers this process.

Eye Infections

Sleeping with makeup on means all that junk is smearing all over your face as you toss and turn throughout the week.

And if you are like most women – you probably have some kind of eye makeup on such as eyeliner or mascara.

So as you toss and turn throughout the night – your eyes are bound to get irritated at best, or infected at worse.

And all of those toxins and chemicals are seeping into your eyes because you didn’t wash your face.

Readers Digest reports:

“Sleeping with makeup on can especially damage the most sensitive areas of your face—namely your eyes. Snoozing in full eye makeup puts you at risk for eye inflammation, infections, eyelid redness, and corneal abrasions, from makeup particles rubbing against the surface of your eye. Because the eye area is so delicate, you really need to remove your mascara, liner, and shadow to avoid waking up with a nasty stye or worse.

Dr. Jaber steadfastly recommends that women wash their face in the evening to make sure to erase all makeup from their skin.”

Just Wash It Off

Ladies, I know it can be exhausting to wash your face at night.

But really this is something you just need to do.

Schedule time to fully wash your face and then make sure to apply a toning agent to help balance the PH of your skin.

I personally use apple cider vinegar mixed with water as it is both natural and effective.

And after you use a toner – make sure to moisturize!

Again, I skip the expensive toxic face creams and just use a little bit of jojoba oil.

And for even more radiant skin, don’t forget to eat healthy and drink lots of water!

Ladies, do you go to sleep with your makeup on?

Were you surprised to learn how sleeping with your makeup on can damage your skin?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the dangers of going to bed with makeup on!