Many derms believe that make-up and skin care products are key triggers for adult breakouts. Dubbed Acne Cosmetica, it is usually seen around the mouth, chin and jaw line. There are three ways that an anti-aging product can cause teenage problems:
1. Too Rich in Oil–
It’s probably not news that heavy, oily beauty aids can block pores and provoke problems. Some oils cause more problems than others. Lanolin is at the top of the list, closely followed by cocoa butter, mineral oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. If you’ve had frequent breakouts, best bet would be to go oil-free.
The perfume additives that are used to scent a product have a long history of driving acne eruptions. They create inflammation and it’s this irritation which leads to a series of events in the pores that ends with red bumps and whiteheads. Easy solution? Use only fragrance-free beauty aids.
3. Inflammatory Ingredients–
Certain ingredients used in the formulation of a beauty product have been linked to breakouts. These include isopropyl myristate( a thickener), ocityl palmitate ( another thickener) and propylene glycol( helps ingredients penetrate the skin) More recently certain new turbo-powered sunscreens such Helioplex have been linked to acne.
Before you go blind trying to read the label ingredients for every product, look for those beauty aids which state that they are ” noncomedegenic”. This usually means that they have been tested for breakout potential and are formulated without the usual culprits. In my case, I had switched from a super gentle oil free moisturizer with a 30SPF to an uber 70SPF with Helioplex. It was a good idea to go up in SPF, but in my case not the right idea.
Have you seen your skin react to a skin care product? Have you found using oil-free, noncomedogenic or fragrance- free helpful. What products or ingredients do you avoid? And most of all I’d love to hear recommendations of products that don’t cause acne.
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