Do you suffer from acne? Did you know that in some cases, your makeup might actually be the culprit? Acne Cosmetica is the term used for acne that is caused or aggravated by cosmetics. While it’s a common concern for many people, the good news is there are things you can to do treat, and even prevent it!
What Causes Acne Cosmetica?
The main cause of this particular type of acne is the clogging of pores by certain chemicals found in makeup. The worst offenders are petroleum based products because they settle in your pores and prevent them from expelling sebum and dead skin cells. Once a pore is clogged, acne bacteria can grow and cause inflammation from inside.
Ingredients to Avoid if You are Suffering from Makeup Breakouts
Certain types of makeup contain ingredients that can clog pores, cause allergic reactions, and even skin problems like dermatitis. Some ingredients are much more likely to contribute to breakouts that others. If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, your best bet is to use non-comedogenic products, which means they will not clog your pores. Unfortunately, manufacturers are not required to pass any type of test in order to claim their products are non-comedogenic. Because of this reason, it’s always important to read the ingredients of your skincare and makeup products in order to be sure.
Makeup Ingredients That Cause Acne:
The ingredients below are ranked 5 out of 5 in their ability to cause acne.
- Wheat Germ Oil
- Algae Extract
- Red Algae
- Potassium Chloride
- Sodium Chloride
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Isopropyl Myristate
- Hexadecyl Alcohol
- Laureth 4
Treatments for Makeup Induced Acne
Use Non Comedogenic Brands
Makeup induced breakouts can be easily treated by paying attention to the ingredients in the makeup you’re using. To get rid of acne cosmetica, the first thing you should do is switch to a non-comedogenic brand. Some people find complete relief from their skin problems, just by making this simple change.
Clean Your Brushes and Tools
Take a look at what you’re applying your makeup with and make sure that your brushes and tools are clean and sanitary. A main cause of inflammatory acne is caused from bacteria that lives your dirty brushes and old sponges. This same bacteria gets transferred to your face where it starts to flourish. I clean my makeup brushes after every single client. For personal makeup brushes, I recommend washing them once a week, depending on how much you’re using them.
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Wash your Face
Keeping makeup on your face for long periods of time makes it more likely to settle into your pores. You should always wash your face before bed!
Listen to Your Skin
If you’re noticing breakouts when you use certain products, stop using them and see if it clears up. Everyone’s skin reacts differently so keep an eye on your face and eventually you’ll start to discover patterns. For example, whenever I use high percentage glycolic acid, my entire face breaks out in small bumps. It took a lot of trial and error to figure out what I was using that was causing these breakouts, but when I did, the bumps disappeared.