Are Your Skincare Products Causing More Acne?
Washing acne-prone skin plays a big part
in maintaining its health and happiness, but if you’re using products that
don’t work with your particular skin or acne type, those
twice-daily reprieves may be doing more harm than good.
When most people notice acne symptoms
such as pimples or blackheads, they naturally reach for a medicated facial wash
marketed to “fight” acne. When considering a cleanser for acne-prone skin, it’s
important to remember that the things we choose to treat our body’s largest
organ, the skin, can yield differing results from person to person. Many acne-fighting
topical treatments are intended to zap any of that excess oil created by the
sebaceous glands. This oil is called sebum, and plays a necessary part in
maintaining healthy skin by protecting and hydrating the complexion, keeping
skin looking youthful and supple.
While too much oil can lead to clogged
pores, sebum is actually good for your skin, and plays an important role in keeping it healthy. Sebum
essentially works like a waterproof shield once it reaches the surface of the
skin, keeping too much water from getting in, while trapping and preventing
necessary moisture from getting out. It is able to create this protective
barrier because it is made up of fats, or lipids, which do not dissolve in
water. While keeping our oil levels in check is important, it’s equally
imperative we not over-dry, as that can not only lead to more breakouts, but
advanced signs of aging as well. Finding a skincare product that won’t overdry
is essential in maintaining a healthy complexion.
What you should and shouldn’t use
Because everyone’s skin, and the severity
of its acne symptoms, varies from person to person, it’s hard to say exactly
what to avoid, which is why it's important to get to know your skin and be
mindful of how certain ingredients affect your complexion. A good rule of thumb
is to lean toward products labeled non-comedogenic (especially makeup and
moisturizers,) and items that are oil-free. In terms of what to avoid, keep
these three ingredients in mind when reading those labels:
This is a tough one to avoid in a lot of acne cleansers but an important one to
be aware of, as it can dry your skin to look ahead of its time. When
researching your topical skin care treatment, keep a special eye out for
ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl, and ethyl alcohol, and do your
best to steer clear - your skin will thank you for it!
Mineral oil. A common ingredient found in many topical acne washes and
creams, mineral oil is derived from petroleum, and can lead to clogged pores,
which may result in acne. This alone can lead to inflammation, irritation
and/or redness, which can result in fine lines.
Sulfates. Another ingredient commonly found in hygienic and cosmetic
products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS. During the manufacturing process,
SLS is contaminated with a carcinogenic byproduct, and can irritate the skin
and eyes. Toxic to body organs, sulfates can be linked to cell mutations and
cancer, as well as increased dryness, which can result in fine lines and
wrinkles over time. Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates, which tend
to over-dry the scalp, leading to flakes, and may trigger an overproduction of
The last thing we want to do when treating
acne is to create even more problems for our skin, and because topical
treatments don’t even address the root cause, it hardly seems worth the risk of
advanced symptoms of aging just for temporary relief. Our AcnEase® users are
lucky to have total peace of mind and the opportunity to get the best
complexion possible because they are on a treatment that actively works from
the inside 24/7 to get rid of their acne naturally. The herbal ingredients used
works to effectively create a barrier between the hormones and the sebaceous
glands, resulting in zero side effects, and a gentle treatment that delivers
real, long-lasting results, regardless of the severity
of symptoms. You can save yourself some serious time
and money, and your skin from further damage down the line!
We want to hear from you! Are there
certain skin care ingredients that have caused you to break out? Is there
anything that works especially well for you? Tell us in the comments!