With the dawn of social media, there are so many Acne "Life Hacks" and advice that is proven to do more harm than help. More and more of my new clients have come to me, using coconut oil as part of their current skin care routine. They were wondering why their skin was getting so much more acne, many black heads and their skin becoming more sensitive & irritated.
The answer is simple…. PORE CLOGGING INGREDIENTS and POOR EXFOLIATION ROUTINE!
Natural oils like cocoa butter and coconut oil, which are found in many “organic” skin care lines, will wreak havoc with acne-prone skin.
Also, many professional skin care products, natural skin care products, organic skin care products and even acne skin care products can have pore-clogging ingredients.
Since no government agency oversees this, any skincare company can claim that their products promote clear skin and still have pore clogging ingredients.
Another interesting fact… Some prescriptions like Retin-A in cream form contains isopropyl myristate - a potent pore – clogger. But, many other prescription products also contain comedogenic ingredients as well.
And don’t get me started on 'over- the-counter' acne medications. Yes, they also have pore clogging ingredients. Oh, and “Oil-free” products? they are not necessarily safe either.
As if this was not hard enough to keep track of. Unfortunately there are also many hair care lines that contain ingredients like sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, both of which are high on the comedogenic (pore-clogging) scale. They are found in a multitude of shampoos and hair care products. Oils such as jojoba, olive and lanolin are mildly comedogenic (pore clogging) and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients.
So, before trying out a new skin care or hair care product, check out their ingredients first. Even if it says “non-comedogenic”, “oil free” or “won’t clog your pores” on the bottle that doesn’t mean it’s safe to use on your acne prone skin.
If you are tired of keep wasting more time and money on buying products trying to find the one that will work, schedule a skin care consultation at my studio. Together we can device a plan to help you achieve clear skin.
Here is a list of some pore clogging ingredients you should be avoiding as much as possible:
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
Bismuth Chloride Oxide (causes irritation but not acne)
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carrageenan Moss)
Cotton Awws Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
D & C Red # 17
D & C Red # 21
D & C Red # 3
D & C Red # 30
D & C Red # 36
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Laminaria Digitata Extract
Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Sea Whip Extract
Shark Liver Oil-Squalene
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Stearic Acid Tea
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil