Your make up and lotions make a nutritious feast for acne-causing bacteria. More bacteria = more frequent breakouts and a higher risk of permanent scarring. Moisturizers can clog up your pores, causing nasty blackheads and whiteheads. Rashes and crusty, painful eczema can result from allergens like lanolin (grease secreted by sheep) and carmine (made from crushed beetles), found in lipstick, eyeliner and foundation. Cleansers, toner, and face scrubs may irritate healthy skin if used too often, making your skin blotchy, red and dry. Maybe you’re worried about pimples and pockmarks today. But what’s your skin going to look and feel like after a few months of experimenting with all of the products out there? Or after a few years of meddling? What’s it going to look like when it’s time for you to have kids of your own? Think about the companies that make and sell beauty products. Do they make more money when you’re happy and confident? Or when you’re plaqued by “imperfections” that they just happen to be able to “fix”? Luckily, it’s easy to take care of your own skin without buying into the scam. Wash it gently. Get plenty of sleep. Drink water. Exercise. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Don’t overdo it in the sun. Easy, inexpensive and natural. So forget about the beauty industry. This is the beauty of quitting.