Last night, I had a client who we’ve seen in our clinic for a long time. She was complaining to me about breaking out still (not nearly what she used to have….). (Check out her before and after pictures on a separate blog post.)
When someone is still breaking out, I become the acne detective. I start asking them about things that could contribute to their acne. Even though we make a BIG deal about pore-clogging ingredients in makeup when they have their consultation with us, inevitably they will start using makeup without consulting their list of comedogenic ingredients that we give to them.
So, at the end of the session, she gave me her liquid foundation and I was able to get a list of ingredients off the internet. Here’s the list:
Ingredients: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Bentonite, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Kaolin, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, Benzophenone, T.E.A., Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Isoproyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Aloe Vera Gel, Sodium Caboxymethyl Cellulose, Methylparaben, May Contain:, Iron Oxides. Fragrance Free. Hypoallergenic Not Tested On Animals.
So you can see, there are THREE major comedogenic ingredients in this formulation. Ayiiyiiiiyiiii. No wonder she is chronically breaking out! According to Dr. Fulton, it can take up to six months for comedogenic ingredients to show up as acne.
To say the least, I was very upset with her….. but, it reminded me that you always have to check in with your acne clients to make sure they aren’t making their situation worse. If you want to know how to get rid of acne, start with not making it worse with bad makeup!
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