What is Acne Cosmetica?
As the name suggests, acne cosmetica is a form of acne triggered by the use of cosmetic products. This is certainly not limited to makeup, as any products applied to the face and the surrounding areas can instigate this type of breakout – hair gels, conditioners, and so on. This condition can occur in males or females, even those not previously predisposed to acne breakouts. Acne cosmetica affects areas like the cheeks and forehead where cosmetics, hair care products, and lotions are most frequently applied. The condition develops over a period of weeks or months and appears as small, itchy, or rash-like pink bumps. If changes in product use, hygiene practices, or application techniques are not altered, the condition may persist indefinitely.
Many think that the key to avoiding acne cosmetica is simply avoiding ingredients that are considered comedogenic. This opens a whole new discussion – what is comedogenicity and is it useful in determining who might be prone to acne cosmetica?
I was lucky enough to study under Dr. Fulton who was a dermatologist in Florida who did so much for the clearing of Acne. He tested many of the most used ingredients under in over the counter skin care products. He tested high end and low-end ingredients. If you are acne prone already, using skin care products with pore-clogging ingredients in them, will make your acne worse. He also made a list of these offending ingredients. I offer this list to you for free when you click on the button on the right-hand side of this page. You can print this list out and check the products you are using now.
One really simple way to stop acne caused by cosmetics is to use products free of these ingredients. WARNING: you might find a product that is free of offending ingredients this time, but the next time you want to purchase that same product, ingredients have changed. Be careful!
All the products I carry are always non-comedogenic. I carry everything you will need for clear skin. And they will stay that way!