Foundation and Clogged Pores

Although most cosmetic products are not intended to clog pores (comedones), they often lead to clogging. Foundation is not an exception. Liquid but not water-based foundation is particularly comedogenic. Choose natural mineral based liquid or powder foundation of higher quality or non-comedogenic cosmetics to protect your skin from blocked pores. It is crucial to use foundation of high quality to maintain radiant and luminous complexion.

Mineral Foundation

Mineral foundation is a cosmetic product that contains ground into powder natural earth minerals. Typically, mineral foundation `includes following ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and iron oxides. It is available in powder form. Due to natural content mineral foundation is usually free of oils, preservatives, fillers, colorants and fragrances. This determines its non-comedogenic characteristics and makes it perfect for those who suffer from enlarged and clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads.

Mineral foundation compared to liquid or cream foundations has lighter texture and coverage. It conceals enlarged pores. Moreover, such ingredients as the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have relaxing and anti-inflammatory effect, which helps to handle acne and other blemishes. Enlarged pores on clean smooth skin are not so noticeable.

Water-based liquid foundation

Water-based foundation is a success at treating enlarged and blocked pores. Such liquid foundations are light by texture and coverage. They don’t cause pores enlarging. Water-based formula doesn’t contain oils and doesn’t clog pores.

Advice on foundation:

- Always wash your face and moisturize with organic moisturizer before applying foundation.
- Choose non-comedogenic brands. Remember that many brands provoke clogged pores (both whiteheads and blackheads).
- Exfoliate regularly, especially, if you are using a heavy foundation.
- Wash foundation remains off your face before going to bed.
- Let your skin rest from make-up from time to time.
- Apply foundation with a concealer or foundation brush. Wash it off thoroughly with brush cleaner or anti-bacterial soap and water every evening.
- Use just concealer and some powder now and then.

If clogged pores still occur, stop using foundation.

Cosmetic Ingredients to Clog Pores

Cosmetic Acne

Clogged pores (comedones) caused by certain cosmetic ingredients lead to spots and acne. Cosmetic producers claim that their goods don’t cause comedones just to boost sales. We gullibly buy such products to overcome skin conditions.

Cosmetic acne strikes both males and females aged from teens to early thirties. You can tell it by small whiteheads emerging in cheeks, chin and forehead areas. It doesn’t lead to scarring but may have considerable consequences. Rubbing irritating oils into your skin pores which are already trying to treat inherent oils provokes blocked pores.

Some cosmetic ingredients cause comedonal acne even in insusceptible skin. Cosmetic acne typically occurs after several months of comedogenic products ongoing application. Thus, it is hard to trace back causative agent. Cosmetic acne sufferer gets trapped: the more blemishes appear the more acne producing make-up is used to mask them.

Comedogenic cosmetic ingredients

Comedogenic cosmetic ingredients don’t necessarily cause pores clogging, especially in those who possess acne insusceptible, normal or dry skin. Comedogenic ingredients position on the label reflects its concentration. The lower it is listed the less its concentration is. Reasonably concentrated comedogenic ingredients are less likely to clog pores.

Three groups of acne-producing ingredients can be advanced:
Lanolins
Lanolins (sheep skin oils obtained from wool) are widely used in cosmetics. They contain fatty acids which similarly to human ones cause acne in comedo prone skin. Such lanolin derivatives as etoxylated and acetylated lanolins employed in cosmetic products lead to pores blocking. Partially synthetic lanolins have better access to skin pores. Pure lanolin oil is bearable.

Isopropyl myristate with its derivatives
Isopropyl myristate is severe penetrating oil to be contained in rust remover Liquid Wrench. It facilitates cosmetics application providing the skin with a film of smoothness and freshness. Though, left in glass for 12 hours it can transfer over glass edge onto the table. There are other cosmetic ingredients resembling isopropyl myristate:  isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl isothermal, putty sterate, isostearyl neopentonate, myristyl myristate, decyl oleate, octyl sterate, octyl palmitate and isocetyl stearate and PPG myristyl propionate.  They are to be avoided as well as surface-active agents, i.e. aureth-4.

Drug & Cosmetic Dyes
Topical researches revealed another pore clogging cosmetic ingredients. Certain red dyes to be contained by blushes produce acne.  Drug & Cosmetic pigments are obtained from coal tar which has been proved to be comedogenic since medics have evidenced that acne was the cost of chimney sweep occupation. Substitute red dyes with carmine which occurs in bug wings.