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 (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.