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Ladies, you know how you get all snazzy for a date or an occasion and your make up is beat? You get home and may be too tired so you go to bed with your make up on. Trust me I understand, how bad could it be right? You don’t make it a habit it just happens every once in a while. Well, a dermatologist says it really is THAT bad, and to not do it.


A survey over the summer revealed a third of women sleep with their makeup on at least two nights a week. Doing so can clog your pores and oil glands, says Gross. “When the makeup becomes impacted in pores, it can make them appear larger.” It also stretches them out and, unfortunately, since your skin collagen levels decline as you age, your pores won’t bounce back to their original size as easily, says Gross.

Not only does skimping on cleansing clog and stretch your pores, Gross says that skipping your nightly washing routine can also cause inflammation—which can generate free radicals and lead to collagen breakdown. (Collagen is that amazing thing that keeps your skin firm and taut.) These factors, combined with larger pores, can make your skin age faster. So as Gross says, “It’s best to break this habit sooner rather than later.”

Good news though ladies if you are feeling just extra tired you can use those convenient little make up remover wipes and swipe the face clean until you rise and shine and wash with soap. Pass this info along to your girlfriends you don’t want your girl walking around with enlarged pores.

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