7 Makeup Ingredients that Might be Causing Your Breakouts

December 21, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

7 Makeup Ingredients that Might be Causing Your Breakouts

by Kali Kushner




Ifyou have acne, you likely use makeup but if you use makeup, it may aggravate acne (making matters worse).Makeup in itself doesn’t cause acne- if that were the case everyone who wears makeup would have acne.Some people never even touch makeup but experience non stop breakouts, while others do a full beat facedaily and never experience a pimple.


Whilemakeup doesn’t cause acne, there are several hidden ingredients that can definitely trigger symptoms and make matters worse.Manycosmetics soldon the market today are packed with fragrances, dyes, and chemicals that can disrupt the skin barrier and cause breakouts.What’s worse is that these chemicals are toxic to our bodies and can disrupt hormone levels, leading to painful throbbing cystic acne and otherissues withhormonal imbalances.


Unfortunately becausethese cosmetics aresold in places like Ulta, Sephora, and other drug stores we are led to believe that theyarecompletelysafe to put on our skin. That just isn’t the case, the United States beauty industry is actually one of the most unregulated in the world.When in doubt, stick to natural and organic makeup with minimal ingredients, this will lessenthe chance of skin irritation and provide your skin with nutrition rather thanharming the skin barrier.




the clean beauty revolution



The best makeup for acne sufferers is going to be “clean” beauty products.Clean beauty refers to skincare and makeup that contains the bare minimum of ingredients, those that won’t irritate or harm your skin.Products that are fresh, organic, and free of any synthetic chemicals or dyes; think completely natural orclean.To discover how harmful your products are checkout the ThinkDirty app,which lists all ingredients and rates your product on a10 point scale of toxicity.



ingredients to look out for



Bismuth Oxychloride:Responsible for giving makeup its shimmery finish, Bismuth Oxide has been positively linked to an increase in cystic acne. So, if you see this ingredient on your fav makeup products, be warned toproceed with caution.


Mica, Silica, and Talc:These minerals areknown for their light reflecting particles,found mostly in shimmerybronzers and highlighters.Products containing Mica, Silica, and Talc can lead to irritation or dehydration,worsening breakouts. Although these products may give the skin a faux youthful dewy glow, it ultimately leads tothe opposite.


Alcohol:Commonly found in both concealer and foundation, alcoholhas the ability to absorb into the skin. Imagine rubbing alcohol on your face, not a pretty picture- this can be extremely drying andirritating to those who are acne prone.After alcohol dries on the skin, itforms a thin coating that can block the pores andcreatewhiteheads.


Acrylic:Acrylics help ingredients stick together,but when applied to the skinit’s like applying a seal-proof barrier, everything underneath (dirt, oil, sweat) becomes trapped and easily leads to clogged pores and acne.


Parabens:Most likely the worst ingredientfound in beauty products, parabensare extremely toxic and actually banned from the use in cosmetics in several countries.Parabens are used to extend the shelf life of askincare or makeup product, preserving the ingredients inside.Parabens are an endocrine disruptor, meaning they can mess with your hormones leading to cystic acne or hormonal imbalances.


Fragrances and Dyes:While they can make a product appear more attractive, fragrancesand dyes can be extremely irritating to acne prone skin.They can increase skin sensitivity, leading to clogged pores.


Silicone:Silicones are found mainly in primers, giving it that silky smooth feeling on the skin.On more sensitive skin types, silicones can be aggravatingand dehydrating to the skin- leading to clogged pores.