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Can Cosmetics Cause Acne?

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According to health experts, cosmetic products, specifically comedogenic products, CAN induce acne conditions. This type of acne is also known as acne cosmetica. Recent research states that there is a clear link between use of cosmetics and acne. Comedogenic cosmetics or products that are not oil-free contain certain ingredients which cause pimples and blackheads to develop on the surface of the skin. Comedogenic cosmetics, as the name suggests, can create whiteheads or comedones when the product is applied. The primary causes identified are ingredients that block the hair follicle/pores. Acne cosmetica is differentiated by common acne-vulgaris on the basis that the factors that lead to the skin condition are external rather than hormonal. This skin condition is not considered severe and does not cause acne scars.

The ingredients in comedogenic cosmetics include dyes or certain oils such as lanolin and isopropyl myristate that lead to irritation or inflammation of the skin. The oil is basically added to skin care products such as lotion, sun screen or foundation to give the product a more silky quality.

Acne cosmetica usually appears in the form of rashes and small bumps on the face, neck or forehead or any place where the makeup is used. A person can easily mistake the condition to be any other form of acne since they bear many similarities. Therefore, it is always better to do some research and consult a doctor before undergoing any treatment.

What really works for this sort of skin condition is avoiding the use of such cosmetics altogether and switching to oil-free products to stop the acne from spreading. The acne usually goes away within two weeks. Some over the counter medications containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can also help abate the acne condition to quite an extent. The medication should be applied regularly right before the cosmetics or any makeup is used on the skin.

About the author:

Helen has been an expert in skin health writing specifically on the subject of acne. Her work has been published on various websites and magazines and provides insightful advice for skin disease, home remedies for acne sufferers.

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  1. Well we always hear about makeup clogging pores, which of course leads to acne.

  2. Here are the makeup products I've found that don't cause me to breakout (which is a miracle for me): http://www.acne-skin-solutions.com/makeup-for-acn

  3. I am agree with you that cosmetics can be a cause of acne because cosmetics that are not oil-free contain certain ingredients
    which cause pimples and blackheads to develop on the surface of the

  4. Yeah, you need to watch the beauty products you use, make sure they won't negatively affect your skin. Acne can really strike a blow to your self-confidence, so it's best to seek the right product to use on yourself. Still, thankfully there are ways to fix acne, so there's a solution if you run into that problem.

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  6. Never go to bed with your make-up on: If you wear make-up everyday, then remember to remove it properly before going to bed. Gently remove all traces of make-up from your face and neck before applying your acne treatment medication. You can use a gentle and mild cleanser and toner to remove all the make-up. Great resources !

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