We always want to have the best skin possible, but what if your acne treatment products are actually making your acne worse? Acnegenic ingredients are ones that worsen your acne. Do you feel like you are doing everything to get acne under control but just can’t? It is important to read labels and check to see if your skincare or make-up does not contain acnegenic ingredients.
Dermalogica recently put a list together of the main offending acnegenic ingredients. These included lanolin, fragrance, pigments and mineral oil. While these products might be okay for people without congestion and acne, they are not good if you are trying to beat zits. Here is why:
- Lanolin is the oil from sheep wool. Though it works really well as a moisturiser, it clogs up the skin (comedogenic).
- Artificial fragrances can irritate the skin which can allow acne causing germs into the skin, as well as increasing sensitivity.
- Some artificial colours can clog the pores.
- Another oil— mineral oil— is bad news for people with acne. It can be very irritating to the skin, pore blocking and exacerbate acne.
Ingredients that are bad news for acne don’t end with store bought products. There are many home-spun remedies circulating on the internet that are bad for acne too. Coconut oil is a very popular remedy at the moment, but it is not suitable for acne. Coconut oil is comedogenic, causing congestion and worsening acne.
If you have acne, the best thing to do is to stay away from oil based products and products that contain comedogenic or acnegenic ingredients. Look for cleansers that are formulated without artificial colours or fragrances, as well as moisturisers and leave on treatments that are oil free. If you are unsure if a product is suitable for acne speak with your skin health professional or dermatologist.
For tailored skincare solutions why not phone us today for a free skin assessment using Dermalogica Facemapping or contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist. Contact us today!