While studies have shown that make-up does not cause true acne however it can escalate the condition. It is therefore helpful to be aware of common topical triggers, no matter what kind of acne you have. With so many products making so many claims, it's easy to be confused by clever marketing. Fortunately, just a bit of education can get you on the path to choosing the proper cosmetics and using them wisely.
Here are seven good rules to follow for a healthy make-up/clean beauty regimen.
1. Avoid penetrating oils. Contrary to popular belief, not all oils are comedogenic. Sea buckthorn oil, safflower, hempseed oil, et.c do not clog the pores. Most cosmetic oils, however, can aggravate acne so it is best to avoid them. One of the most common acne triggers in skin care products, especially lotions and sunscreens, is lanolin, a fatty acid extracted from the wool of sheep. Isopropyl Myristate, which promotes smooth, even application in many makeup foundations, is such an aggressive penetrator that it s the main ingredient in most rust-removers!
In general, products labeled oil-free and "non-comedogenic" are less likely to clog your pores and trigger breakouts.
2. Stay Away From Scented Products. Fragrance is a major cause of allergic and irritant reactions on the face. Even products that claim to be "unscented" may include fragrances added to mask the smell of other ingredients. It is best to stick with products labeled as fragrance free or hypo-allergenic.
Of course, reactions to fragrance differ dramatically, and you may find certain perfumes that don't affect your skin. The most common offenders are fragrances in the ambrette, bergamot, cinnamate and musk families.
If the derivatives of your favorite face cream or foundations scent are not easily determined from the product label, try a patch test on the skin behind your ear. If no irritation appears after three days of repeated application, you may continue usage on a larger area. Minimo skin care essentials offers unscented product version to accommodate people with sensitive skin need.
3. Be smart about shadow and blush. The stuff that puts the sparkle in your eye shadow, face powder and blush is usually mica, a common mineral. The jagged, flaky shape of mica particles can cause irritation or clogging in the follicle, so its best to use products without too much shimmer. Likewise, many of the red dyes used to put a bloom in your cheeks are coal tar derivatives; not surprisingly, these substances are comedogenic, too. Check the labels for blushes that use carmine, which has been a natural, healthy cosmetic colorant since the time of the Aztecs. Also, cream blushes are more likely to have comedogenic ingredients, so stick to powder or gel blushes.
4. Carefully choose eye creams. Because of the delicacy of the skin around the eyes, creams created for this area are often thicker and greasier than regular facial moisturizers. Heavy eye creams and oily eye make-up removers can promote milia, tiny white cysts under the eyes. These kinds of products can also migrate to neighboring areas, creating acne on the cheeks, temples and forehead.
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100% Fragrance & Essential Oil Free due to the sensitive skin in the under-eye area.
5. Style your hair with care. Most hair products are full of ingredients we will like to keep away from our skin: alcohol, adhesives and comedogenic oils. So if you're prone to acne, use care when styling your hair or cover your skin when you spray, and try to keep oils, mousses, gels and pomades away from the skin at the hairline. Don't use hair products when you exercise; perspiration from your scalp can carry styling products onto your skin, contributing to new breakouts.
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6. Wash after exercising. While we know that sweat doesn't cause acne, it can promote it in those who are acne prone and make-up can make matters worse. Even non-comedogenic products can cause clogging or irritation in the presence of heavy perspiration. As a rule, it is best to wash immediately after exercising with exfoliating cleanser.
Genesis Sulfate-Free Foaming Facial Cleanser gently cleanses dirt and grime without stripping or disturbing the skin’s natural protective barrier.
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7. Use the right lip balm/scrub. If you have problems with pimples and breakouts around the mouth area, you might want to reconsider the products you use on your lips. Lipsticks and glosses are greasy by nature, with high concentrations of petroleum, wax and other comedogenic substances. The greater the shine, the greater the potential for pore-clogging so if you're breaking out, try going for a matte finish rather than a high gloss.
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In general, it's fine to doll up! Just choose your cosmetics carefully, look for products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic. Read labels carefully to avoid common topical triggers. And of course, use your best judgement. If a product that looks okay on the label is irritating your skin, discontinue usage right away.