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Acne is caused by many factors ranging from stress levels to our regular diet. However, unknown to some, a reason for acne is also due to the ingredients in the beauty products that we apply on our face. Today, we will explore some ingredients that are highly comedogenic, which means they tend to clog and block pores which ultimately forms whiteheads, blackheads and acne. And DEFINITELY one of the most important step in our skincare routine is exfoliation, and the cleansing of clogged pores.
And true to the saying, prevention is better than cure. What better way than to really understand what kind of ingredients you MUST avoid to prevent acne outbreaks. It is also important to know what are the steps to take in your skincare regime.
1) Coconut Oil:
Many people use coconut oil as a form of make up remover, be it a cleanser or a moisturiser. It is also used as a hair product to make your hair shiny and smooth. However, coconut oil is highly comedogenic. If you have oily skin, it’s best to avoid coconut oil as it produces excess sebum. If your skin is dry to normal, it’s alright to use coconut oil as your pores do not get clogged easily.
2) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also known as SLS, is a foaming agent. It is commonly used in many shampoos, toothpastes and face products. It has been identified as a skin irritant as it strips away oils from your skin. People with acne-prone skin can trigger more breakouts even with the slightest amount of irritation. SLS is even used as an comparing ingredient in test labs. If they want to test if a particular ingredient causes problems for skin, they compare the results against SLS.
This is why we brought in Huangjisoo Foam Cleansers, which are SLS-free, and meant for people with sensitive skin! Rest assured that the cleansers are 100% Natural, Organic and Vegan!
Silicones are often found in products like primers, sunscreens and many more. Many people think that silicones help create a silky soft texture on your skin but it actually causes flare-ups. Products containing silicones layer on your face and can clog your pores over time. This leads to your occasional breakouts and acne. Some examples of silicones in product are dimethicone (silicone oil), cetearyl methicone (non-water soluble silicone) and cyclomethicone (synthetic silicone oil). It is best to totally avoid using silicones and use chemical-free cleansing products instead.
Even silicones, which are found in conditioners are harmful to your hair. It might help to make your hair softer initially, but imagine all the silicone that is build up in your hair. If you have never heard of a "NO-CONDITIONER" Shampoo, you should check this out! First of its kind, this shampoo allows you to wash your hair without the need to use silicon-based conditioner, as the shampoo already contains amino acids to properly nourish and repair your hair.
4) Mineral Oil:
Mineral oils are also comedogenic. It does not provide any hydration although it prevents moisture loss from your skin. As it continues, your skin is being masked and the skin condition worsens, causing acne breakouts and even photo-aging. Always be on the lookout for products that are 5 FREE... these are the 5 BIG NOs! No parabens, no mineral oil, no artificial preservatives, no artificial dyes, no artificial fragrances!
This ingredient removes oil on your skin, causing your skin to become dry and irritated. The reason why many people like to use products with alcohol is because it produces a mattifying effect for the skin – a fast and effective finish. If you have sensitive skin, it’s recommended not to use products with alcohol because it might irritate your skin. If you have dry skin, it’s best to avoid this ingredient as it makes your skin dry. Many think that alcohol-based products are effective for controlling oily skin but they actually enlarge your pores and cause breakouts.
Be sure to look out for our ALCOHOL FREE Huangjisoo Caviar Toner, that is formulated with 90% natural ingredients and sea grape! Always look at ingredients before you make the purchase to choose what works for you.
Many products contain fragrance to mask the unpleasant smell of some ingredients or to make the product smell good. The downside is that fragrances are irritating to sensitive skin. If you have dry skin, using products with fragrances might result in blotchy and itchy skin. It is best to choose products without fragrances but not all fragrances cause acne. You need to identify fragrances that cause acne and avoid using them altogether.
7) Isopropyl Myristate:
This ingredient helps to create a softening and soothing effect on your skin. However, it is highly comedogenic and is likely to cause pimples. Repetitive use of this product may lead to clogged pores and skin irritation. Many like to use products with this ingredient because of the silky finish that it produces, but behold of the consequences in the long run.
Lanolin is an oily extract from the lamb’s wool. It works as a moisturiser for the skin that creates a smoothing effect on your face. The downside to it is that it clogs pores easily and for those people who are prone to acne, it can cause flare ups and breakouts. Products usually contain synthetic lanolin. Hence, it’s best to find 100% pure lanolin oil as a safe option.
Now that you have read through this list, you might want to dig out all your beauty products and scrutinise the ingredients list! The first step to getting rid of pimples is to prevent it as much from happening right. So don't forget to spot these irritants during your next beauty haul too!
And do share with us in the comments below what are your other beauty hacks! We would love to share more information with our Waseyo Beauty Community!