• Cosmetics and Your Skin

    Cosmetics and acne

    • Read labels to see that all cosmetics you use are "non-comedogenic" or non-acne forming (see the list below).
    • Wash off all cosmetics before going to bed.
    • Do not traumatize your skin in an attempt to physically remove white heads or black heads.
    • A moisturizer applied before cosmetics may serve to minimize pore blockage.
    • Shake-lotion bases are the best for acne-prone skin.
    • Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid) can enter the oil glands and assist in the treatment of blackheads.

    Comedogenic compounds (read labels to avoid):

    • Isopropyl myristate
    • Isopropyl esters
    • Oleic acid, stearic acid
    • Petrolatum, lanolin
    • Acetylated lanolin alcohols, lanolin fatty acid

    Non-comedogenic Compounds:

    • Low dose mineral oil
    • Octyl palmitate, isostearyl neopentanoate
    • Cottonseed oil, corn oil, safflower oil
    • Propylene glycol, spermaceti, beeswax 

    Cosmetics and sensitive skin

    • Moisturizers applied before cosmetics may serve to minimize sensitivity.
    • Fragrances in cosmetics are the most common culprit.
    • All cosmetics contain preservatives to prolong their “shelf-life”. These preservatives differ greatly between cosmetic companies. Cosmetic preservatives are the second most common cause of sensitivity. Try using Almay or Neutrogena products, as these companies try to use less-common allergy producing preservatives.

    Hydroxy Acids

    • Hydroxy acids are a group of chemicals used to exfoliate the skin leading to smoother skin and a more youthful, pink skin hue.
    • Some studies show an improvement of fine wrinkles, though it is uncertain if this is due to local inflammation, or actual improvement of the deeper skin support.
    • Products may contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acids (Salicylic Acid) or Combination Hydroxy Acid.
    • Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid) can enter the oil glands and assist in the treatment of blackheads.
    • Hydroxy Acids may cause a sensation of burning or stinging. This is largely due to the acid nature of the product. The skin is naturally much less acidic. 
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