Cosmetic Ingredients to avoid for acne

Be Wary! Your makeup and skin care products could be causing your skin problems. Do you have blemished skin? Well, how about the fact that the very products that you are using to treat or hide your skin condition, could be the very thing causing or exaggerating the problem. It is very important that as consumers that we are educated on the products we use and how it affects our skin. I have compiled a list from on cosmetic ingredients to avoid for acne-prone skin Unfortunately, we cannot trust or go by the fancy product label descriptions that skin care or cosmetics company so beautifully pitch to us because so many companies out there are more concerned about bottom-line than the condition of our skin. Just because a product says non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic does not mean it is so, just because a product says it is non-irritating does not mean that it is so, just because it states all-natural, does not mean that it is so. So what does that mean for us? Well we just have to know how to read product ingredients and what cosmetic ingredients to avoid for acne. This is crucial because there are so products on the market filled with gunk that clog pores and cause blemishes. There are some very helpful resources on the web in the print that provide detailed information on cosmetic ingredients. Two of my favorite resources are: 1) Don’t go to the cosmetic counter without me by Paula Begoun and; 2)

List of cosmetic ingredients to avoid for acne prone skin

Acetylated Lanolin Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol Algae Extract Algin Bismuth oxychloride Butyl Stearate Carrageenan Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20 Cetyl Acetate Cocoa Butter Coconut Butter Coconut Oil Colloidal Sulfur Cotton Awws Oil Cotton Seed Oil Crisco D & C Red # 17 D & C Red # 21 D & C Red # 3 D & C Red # 30 D & C Red # 36 Decyl Oleate Dioctyl Succinate Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate Ethoxylated Lanolin Ethylhexyl Palmitate Glyceryl Stearate SE Glyceryl-3-Diisostearate Hexadecyl Alcohol Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Isocetyl Alcohol Isocetyl Stearate Isodecyl Oleate Isopropyl Isostearate Isopropyl Linolate Isopropyl Myristate Isopropyl Palmitate Isostearyl Isostearate Isostearyl Neopentanoate Laureth 23 Laureth 4 Lauric Acid Mink Oil Myristic Acid Myristyl Lactate Myristyl Myristate Octyl Palmitate Octyl Stearate Oleth-3 Oleyl Alcohol PEG 16 Lanolin PEG 200 Dilaurate PEG 8 Stearate PG Monostearate PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate Potassium Chloride Propylene Glycol Monostearate Red Algae Shark Liver Oil Sodium Chloride (Salt) 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 Wheat Germ Glyceride Wheat Germ Oil Xylene Please note that silicones such as Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone are not usually added to the list of ingredients to cosmetic ingredients to avoid for acne prone skin and are often included in products listed as non-comedogenic. However, if you have blemish prone skin, I would be very wary about them. My personal experience with products containing silicones have not been positive as I find that I usually get breakouts after using products with those ingredients high on the list. Know of any other cosmetic ingredients to avoid for acne prone skin? Please share in the comment box below

5 thoughts on “77 Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid for Acne Prone Skin

  1. Mimi says:

    Just looked at my foundation and it had a lot of the above ingredients! Do you have any makeup brands or products you’d recommend?? Thanks!

    • Belle says:

      Hi Mimi, that’s a great question! We will be putting together a list soon. In the meantime, you can check out Paula Begoun’s Don’t Go the Cosmetic Counter Without Me. She does a great job of rating products based on their comedogencity.

  2. Kandi F says:

    The products that worked the best where Malin Goetz & Citrus Clear. The Malin products were more expensive, so I only bought their spot treatment, but I bought the Citrus Clear Sensitive Line (With the Wash and moisturizer) – and within two days, the acne was gone! I use the Citrus Clear stuff at the first sign of a breakout, and the Malin product maybe once every two weeks.

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