As much as we love to use makeup to cover up blemishes, that dab or two of concealer might be the cause of your acne. Quite a few ingredients in your everyday makeup could be doing more harm than good, especially for sensitive and/or acne-prone skin. I have listed five ingredients that may be the culprit of those annoying acne breakouts:
Coconut Oil – Although coconut oil has been such a hit in the beauty world, it’s also considered to be highly comedogenic, which means it can easily block or clog your pores. It’s fine to use on parts of your body that don’t normally breakout (like dry heels and elbows), but try to cut it out of your face routine.
Perfumes – You might love the scent of your primer or foundation, but the scent might not be as appealing to your skin. Added perfumes can dry out your skin, which can cause your breakouts to scar even further. It can also increase your skin’s sensitivity, leading to even more blemishes. Stick to unscented or fragrance free facial products.
Alcohol – Even though you don’t smell alcohol in your foundation, it’s probably in there as it helps the product set into your skin and last longer. However, alcohol is extremely drying and can cause the makeup to seep into your pores and eventually causing blackheads and whiteheads, so read the labels on beauty products before purchasing.
Isopropyl Isostearate – Not only does this ingredient sound scary, it also clogs your pores and turns your skin into a blemish breeding ground. It’s used to formulate a lot of face and eye makeup, so again, be sure to read your labels for any ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Parabens – It’s believed that parabens are bad for your skin because parabens can mess with hormone levels thus increasing your skin’s chances of breaking out.
I hope this list of possible acne-causing ingredients in makeup has been helpful and until next time, stay happy, healthy and beautiful!!