The debate about whether makeup causes acne or not is a never-ending one. If you are someone who is prone to acne and breakouts, you would know that the struggle of finding products that don’t irritate your skin is real. Does that mean everyone with acne-prone skin should avoid using makeup? Absolutely not!

Just like skin care products, makeup products, too, are formulated using different ingredients. And, it is these ingredients that can lead to acne. But fret not! We’ve compiled a list of ingredients in your makeup products that can cause acne.

 

Silicone

Silicone

Silicones are usually added to primers so that they can give a smooth, water-resistant texture. However, this ingredient can clog pores, as well as, dehydrate the skin. This comedogenic ingredient is infamous for causing breakouts among those with acne-prone skin. A good alternative to this is hyaluronic acid which hydrates, as well as, plumps the skin.

 

Oils

Oils

Those with acne-prone skin usually have an oily skin type. Adding more oil on the face will only make things worse. Coconut, avocado and almond are some of the few common oils added to makeup products. While they are safe for other skin types, these oils can clog pores and invite acne for those with acne-prone skin and thus it’s necessary to steer clear of products containing oils.

 

D & C Red

D & C Red

It is a form of dye that is usually added to blush to give it that rosy tint. If you check the label, this ingredient is usually followed by a number. While D & C Red #19 has been banned, other digits are still available. Some of them especially #27 and #40 are highly comedogenic and could be the reason behind those acne on your cheeks.

 

Fragrances

Fragrances

Artificial fragrances are not good for any skin type. Since skincare and makeup products stay on your skin for long durations, it is important to be sure that none of your cosmetic products contain artificial fragrance as they can irritate the skin, cause acne and trigger allergies.

 

Sodium chloride

Sodium chloride

Yes, you read that right. Salt or sodium chloride is added to makeup products to get a thicker texture. Usually found in foundation, this ingredient can clog pores and lead to acne around the mouth area.