Ingredients in Makeup

Certain ingredients in makeup are especially pore-clogging, even when the label reads "non comedogenic".

The wrong products can lead to clogged pores and can make acne much worse.

Frankly, the less makeup you can get away with wearing, the better... because this allows skin to breath. HOWEVER - acne can be a very embarrassing and unsightly problem, so makeup is often essential.

There are many different types of makeup but no matter which type you use, it is important to choose products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging). These words indicate that the product is considered makeup for acne prone skin.

When choosing makeup for acne prone skin, it is always better to wear makeup that is water-based rather than oil-based, as the excess oil can often cause clogged pores.

Make it a point to clean your makeup brushes regularly and to change them every few months. This will help you avoid any additional bacteria that may otherwise come into contact with your skin through these brushes.

Did you know that the bacteria that lead to acne are anaerobic? This means that they thrive in an oxygen-deprived atmosphere. So it is important to ALWAYS wash your face at the end of the day in order to remove makeup and allow the skin to breath.

Never sleep with your makeup on! Always remove all makeup before bed.

It is also important to be careful about which makeup products you choose. Certain cosmetics contain acne-aggravating ingredients that should be avoided completely.

These are all the pore clogging ingredients in makeup listed alphabetically:

  • A: Acetylated Lanolin, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Algae Extract, Algin
  • B: Butyl Stearate
  • C: Carrageenan, Cetyl Acetate, Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil, Colloidal Sulfur, Cotton Awws, Cotton Seed Oil
  • D: D & C Red dyes (common in blushes), Decyl Oleate, Dioctyl Succinate, Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
  • E: Ethoxylated Lanolin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • G: Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl-3-Diisostearate
  • H: Hexadecyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable
  • I: Isocetyl Alcohol, Isocetyl Stearate, Isodecyl Oleate, Isopropyl Isosterate, Isopropyl Linolate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate
  • L: Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Lauric Acid
  • M: Mink Oil, Myristic Acid, Myristyl Lactate, Myristyl Myristate
  • O: Octyl Palmitate, Octyl Stearate, Oleth-3, Oleyl Alcohol
  • P: PEG 16 Lanolin, PEG 200 Dilaurate, PEG 8 Stearate, PG Monostearate, PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate, Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate, Potassium Chloride, Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  • S: Shark Liver Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Solulan 16, Sorbitan Oleate, Soybean Oil, Steareth 10, Stearic Acid Tea, Stearyl Heptanoate, Sulfated Castor Oil, Sulfated Jojoba Oil, Syearyl Heptanoate
  • W: Wheat Germ Glyceride, Wheat Germ Oil
  • X: Xylene

Yes... there are a lot! But if possible, you should always try to consult this list before putting anything on your skin, even if it says "won't clog pores" or "non comedogenic" on the bottle.


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