The Truth about Acne Products and Cosmetics


You might think that your cosmetics are acne products that can help you prevent or clear up your breakouts. Or in the very least, you may believe that they won’t actually cause your breakouts.

The truth is a lot more frightening.

Some skin and hair-care cosmetics can actually bring on outbreaks of acne. And don’t turn to certain supposedly all-natural acne products. They may not help at all to fix the problem. Certain physical treatments, though, could come to your rescue.

When your hair spray, makeup, and other cosmetics cause your breakouts, it is called acnegenicity, which in simple English means the ability to bring on acne. The term acnegenicity can refer to both a products’ power to lead to blackheads or whiteheads (comedogenicity), and also the cosmetics’ ability to cause the papules and pustules that are the symptoms of major acne.

These papules and pustules usually appear within a few days after you apply your cosmetic, while blackheads and whiteheads begin to appear later. Don’t fret though. There are cosmetics that double as ace acne products.

Watch Your Cosmetics Carefully

These acne products are labeled as noncomedogenic cosmetics, meaning that they don’t cause blackheads and whiteheads to form. Most of the major cosmetic firms in the United States make these products and sell them in supermarkets, pharmacies, and superstores near you. Even if you find cosmetics that are labeled noncomedogenic, you should be very careful when using them if you have, or have had, acne.

For example, when using these noncomedogenic acne products, don’t apply the cosmetics too heavily. Use them sparingly if you have acne or have a history of acne.

When you remove these special cosmetics, make sure to also clean your skin with gentle cleansers, such as plain soap and water, and make sure not to scrub your face too roughly with your towel. Lastly, stop using any cosmetic if it causes breakouts to appear, even if the product is labeled as noncomedogenic.

Other types of acne products to look for in your local store include cosmetics that supposedly contain natural, herbal, or organic ingredients. These may sound attractive, but they could leave you with acne feeling less attractive.

If you suffer from acne, be careful with these products as you would any other. Avoid natural or organic cosmetics if they are not labeled as noncomedogenic. Keep the possibility of other skin sensitivities in mind. And if you do use them but get dry, scaly, inflamed, or itchy skin afterwards, stop using the cosmetic immediately.

Natural Acne Products - The Sun Doesn't Count!

As far as other natural acne products go, don’t count the sun in that category either. Acne isn’t really healed by the sun, unlike what you might have heard. A suntan may be able to temporarily make acne look better, but it won't cause the acne to go away for good.

What’s more, too much sun isn't a good idea. It can cause wrinkles and skin cancer later in life, which if you look at the long run, are much worse for you than a few pimples. If you are looking to help your skin then, don’t rely on those UV rays, whether they come from the sun or from a tanning bed.


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