What’s that you say? Acne products that make acne worse? Yep, it’s true. You won’t believe how many products, even those for acne, are pore-clogging! “How can this be?” you may be asking yourself. “An acne product that clogs the pores? That’s just plain crazy.” And you would be right—the beauty and skin care industry is pretty crazy. No government agency regulates what we call comedogenicity (how pore clogging a product is). But we do…
Let us show you some examples of pore-clogging acne products:
Shouldn’t you be able to trust name-brand products from the drugstore?
Here is a very popular and well-known acne product. And here is the list of ingredients. The ones in italics and underlined are pore-clogging (aka comedogenic):
Active Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%) (Acne Medication)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG-12, Isopropyl Myristate, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben
How about that cleanser that your dermatologist said was safe to use? Nope.
Water (Purified), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates/Steareth 20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, PEG 200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Masking Fragrance (Parfum), Panthenol, PEG 60, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben
We could go on and on and show you scores of other products that will make your acne worse, but we’ll spare you. Let’s talk about what YOU can do to keep away from these kinds of products. You have a couple of options:
1. You can check every acne product you have or want to get against our list of pore-clogging ingredients.
2. You can make it easy on yourself and get proven acne-safe products from us.
We’ve made the job easier for you by providing these acne-safe options, but you must know this: using acne-safe products won’t get your skin clear—they just won’t make it worse.
To get your skin clear, you need a program of using the right products customized by an Acne Specialist who knows how to analyze your type of skin and acne. They also know how to coach you in taking the next steps in your home care regimen.