Smack Lips... and Zits: How To Avoid Breaking Out After Making Out

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Rachel Duran

Couple kissing on the beach
Author: Rachel DuranThere’s rarely a downside when locking lips with a lover. But for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin, spend some time kissing and your skin just might tell. 

From the friction from facial hair to an unwanted smear of makeup from your mate, a great smooch can also kiss your skin with the ingredients for blemishes and ‘beard burn.’

But don’t let the magic of making out turn into a fear of Frenching. In fact, if one thing leads to another, making love can contribute to a healthy complexion. So here are a couple of quick tips can help keep your kisses sweet and your skin clear.

Pre-Smooch Prep

Give your skin a head start by regularly applying moisturizer. Keeping your complexion hydrated is the easiest way to help it maintain equilibrium and reduce irritation. A dewy, smiling face will not only be less irritated by the action, but will recover faster from the fun. 

Practice Safe Smooching

Just like the exchange of fluids can cause pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, kissing can spread bacteria, makeup, and skincare products from your partner’s skin to your own.

While a condom for your face would be overkill, if you continually break out after swapping spit, you might have a sensitivity to what’s on your partner’s skin.

Consider asking your boyfriend to use shaving and skincare products with healthy and fragrance-free ingredients—or ask your girlfriend to wash off any lipstick, foundation, or concealer.  

Beware of the Beard

If your sweetie pie has rough facial hair, communicate your skin’s stress and suggest a beard softener or natural moisturizer, like Precision Barber Club’s Burly 3N1 or Anthony Oil Free Facial Lotion.

Post-Smooch Care

Perhaps that make out was a total surprise or maybe the sparks flew after a long night out on the town. Even with no pre-peck prep, it’s not too late to hydrate!

Offer your tired skin relief by applying a fragrance-free moisturizer, possibly one with a soothing ingredient like aloe or cucumber. Try Murad’s Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum with chamomile and considering finishing with a gentle, hydrating toner, like FRESH Rose Floral Toner.

If you don’t have immediate access to your skincare arsenal, splash some cold water around your mouth and gently pat dry. Finish up the reparative routine when you regain access to the medicine cabinet. 


  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin



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