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Is Your Makeup Breaking You Out?

Perhaps you have an acne problem or maybe you just break out from time to time. If you want to get rid of acne, you need to be careful of makeup that can cause acne cosmetica or worsen existing acne. When you go to the cosmetics counter to buy makeup, moisturizer, or anything you put on your face, look at the label. If the words “hypoallergenic” or “non-comedogenic” make you feel confident that the product is safe for your skin, then you may very well have been duped. Many of the products that bear the label of some of the most trusted, most recognized cosmeceutical companies in the world have ingredients that can clog pores or exacerbate skin conditions.




Here are just a few common makeup products that contain ingredients proven to make acne worse:

  • Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation
  • MAC Studio Fix
  • Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer
  • Nars Blush
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
  • Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup 

As you can see, just because a product says “oil-free,” “healthy skin,” or “acne solutions” on the label doesn’t mean that it’s a safe choice for acne-prone skin.

To determine whether or not a product is safe to use, we recommend that our clients check the ingredients of every makeup product used on an acne-prone area of the face against our pore-clogging ingredients list. If you want to check the ingredients on the products you already have, you may have to go online to get the list of ingredients. Many skin care products only have the ingredients on the outside packaging. If you are prone to breakouts, it’s worth it to do the research and make sure your makeup isn’t making your skin worse.

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