Anyone can be prone to acne regardless of their age. Most of us remember those unsightly bumps and red blotches when we were teenagers and how it affected our fragile self-esteem. Even as adults we can still have acne prone skin for various reasons and at different points in our life. Rosacea can also give the appearance of acne, with breakouts known as Papulopustular rosacea.
What many of us don’t realize is that we may be using a variety of products to improve other skin issues like wrinkles and fine lines, that may in fact be causing inflammations leading to acne. If you don’t love your skin right now, here are six ingredients to avoid.
This is found in many tanning products and foundations, to make your skin feel soft. It may succeed at that, but silicone will dry out your skin and clog your pores, leading to breakouts. This is one ingredient to avoid completely, if possible.
These are included in products as a preservative to extend shelf life. They contribute to acne by over stimulating hormones. This type of ingredient includes many subtypes: methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben. The reason that these sound like petroleum products, is that they are, and they do not benefit your face.
Alcohol dries the skin, which in turn causes glands to over-secrete oil. Just as drinking alcohol can dehydrate your body, alcohol on your face does the same to your skin.
Although we all like to put something on our face that smells pleasant, many times the ingredients that give it that peach or lavender scent are clogging your pores and adding to the irritation. Switch to unscented cleansers and moisturizers.
Coconut oil is highly comedogenic. It blocks and clogs pores. All comedogenic ingredients block and trap the dead cells and chemicals in your makeup products inside your pores.
This is acceptable for minimal use but it will irritate and dry out skin.
Besides avoiding the above six ingredients, here are some proactive lifestyle measures you can take to improve the look of your skin.
- Drink plenty of water. Never forget to hydrate.
- Change your pillowcase frequently.
- Avoid overindulging in alcohol.
- Always remove all traces of makeup before going to bed.
- Stay away from fatty and sugary foods.
Even if you have been acne prone your whole life, you can learn to love your skin again. Contact Clearview Plastic Surgery with questions about your acne-prone skin or for help with Dermal fillers to smooth out old acne scars.