Is your skincare making you breakout?

There are certain ingredients in your skincare that can make you break out - but what are they? Find out in this post.

Hair & Beauty

From stress and diet to periods and beauty products, breakouts can occur for many reasons. Thankfully, you can eliminate the latter by switching to non-comedogenic skincare, specifically designed to keep skin balanced and beautiful.

Non-comedogenic skincare refers to products that don't contain pore-blocking ingredients. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Nobody buys skincare with the intention of breaking out. But unless you know what these ingredients are, you could be harming the condition of your skin without knowing the cause. So, if you feel like you've tried everything and still have bumpy skin and blackheads, it's probably time to make the switch to non-comedogenic skincare. Here's everything you need to know...

Is your skincare making you breakout?
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The comedogenicity scale

The phrase ‘non-comedogenic’ comes from the word ‘comedo’, which refers to a blocked pore. Comedones can manifest as blackheads or whiteheads and occur with or without acne. Non-comedogenic skincare helps to prevent the production of comedones by avoiding ingredients that are known to cause them. Researchers know which ingredients cause comedones through testing; they give each a rating on a scale from zero to five. A score of zero means that the ingredient is unlikely to cause comedones, while a score of five means that the ingredient has a very high chance of being comedogenic. Everybody’s skin is different, which means that there’s no guarantee that non-comedogenic ingredients won’t cause breakouts. However, if you’re prone to bumpy skin there’s a possibility that switching to this type of skincare will lead to positive results.

Is your skincare making you breakout?
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Make the break to flawless skin

It's essential for anyone with spot prone skin to avoid these heavier ingredients, instead focusing on a non-comedogenic skincare routine that will treat your concerns without causing blocked pores and breakouts. So, where do you start? This concept might be new to many people, but the beauty industry moves quickly. Many brands will have either launched new products with the words ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘non-acnegenic’ marked on the packaging, or re-released products were already non-comedogenic with new clearer labelling. But remember, just like some of our favourite junk foods that happen to be vegan (Oreos, Biscoff spread and BBQ Pringles), just because the bottle doesn’t state the product is non-comedogenic doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn't. You can get a better idea of what to avoid by asking in-store or checking the ingredients list out for yourself.

Skincare checklist: the goodies vs. the baddies

There are dozens of pore-clogging ingredients, but here are some of the most common ones:

☑ Lanolin

☑ Carrageenan

☑ Sodium Laureth Sulfate

☑ Palm oil

☑ Coconut oil

☑ Wheat germ

These are the ingredients that are less likely to clog your pores:

☑ Benzoyl peroxide

☑ Salicylic acid

☑ Retinol

☑ Resorcinol

☑ Hempseed oil

☑ Grapeseed oil

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