Cosmetics and Acne



It is a widely known fact that another major precipitator of adult female acne is cosmetics. Why else would so many cosmetic companies herald their products with the rallying cry noncomedogenic! (a fancy way of saying “won’t clog pores”)? However, despite using cosmetics containing non-comedogenic ingredients, many women do end up suffering from acne. I always make it a point to look at the ingredients in my female patients’ cosmetics because many beauty products contain acne-inducing substances. These ingredients notwithstanding, it should be noted that the anti-inflammatory diet will greatly reduce susceptibility to comedogenic agents. And I am happy to report that the majority of my adult female patients who follow the anti-inflammatory diet are so happy with the resulting increase of radiance in their skin they no longer need to wear foundation. (check out no foundation foundation).

Working with adult female patients has taught me a great deal. Their unique endocrine system and physiology, lifestyle habits, hormonal stages (from normal menstrual cycle to pregnancy to pre or peri- menopausal and postmenopausal), cosmetics usage and stress all contribute to acne in adult women. If you suffer from adult-onset acne, I urge you to adopt the anti-inflammatory lifestyle.  Avoid coffee, excess alcohol and tobacco as well as sugary and starchy foods. Exercise in moderation, practice stress relieving and relaxation inducing techniques (such as yoga), and give yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep.

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4 thoughts on “Cosmetics and Acne

  1. I agree with the anti-inflammatory lifestyle, especially diet, as a way to increase vitality and facial skin radiance.I’ve practiced it since 2005.But also, I have to work at keeping my hands off my face!Especially when at my computer keyboard–those hands automatically go to my chin and adjacent jaw line areas–the same areas that show congested pores, and rough and inflamed skin.

  2. So what are the ingredients we should stay away from when buying makeup? I do eat on your healthy diet, and I don’t drink coffee, alcohol, nor do I smoke. I sleep well and don’t intake sugar/starch regularly. But I would like to know what the acne inducing makeup ingredients are. Thank you.

    • The key with any makeup is to wash it off every single night without exception. Everyone’s skin is different when it comes ingredients that will trigger a breakout. Generally, avoid overly perfumed and oil-based makeup formulations. Don’t be fooled by terms like “noncomedogenic” which is a designation that some makeup lines put on their products. It simply means that it products labeled as such will not clog pores, implying that it will not cause breakouts as a result. This term is completely untested and not designated or regulated by the FDA.


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