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#1 Shelby Rockella Mansour

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:32 PM

Alright, so my acne is what I believe to be moderate. I don't break out very much anymore, but when I do, it's a big cyst farm on my face! :( I can go most days without wearing makeup, but some days, I just like to have a little coverage. When I was younger, I thought I needed the heaviest of the heavy, but I've grown to realize that sheer-medium coverage is all I Need. I've been experimenting with bb creams lately and have not been impressed at all! What are some ingredients in cosmetics that go directly onto skin (foundation, powders, tinted moisturizer, etc.) that I should avoid. My skin is extremely sensitive so all of the advice you awesome folks can give me will be much appreciated! By me AND my face. :)

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

BB creams unfortunately break a lot of people out as they sink into the pores more :/


First off I would say that you should apply a silicone based primer under ANY makeup you wear to create a barrier which prevents any irritating products from getting into the skin.


In terms of ingredients to avoid, I am a crazy non comedogenic freak. I avoid ANYTHING which contains pore clogging or irritating ingredients.

The worst things in cosmetics that make me break out are:

- Stearic Acid

- Cetyl / Cetearyl / Cetostearyl Alcohol

- Any types of Palm oil such as Ethylhexyl Palmitate or Palm Kernel Oil

- Coconut Oil

- Acohol denat (for your sensitive skin)

- Isopropyl Isostearate (one of the worst and most common offenders!)

- Isopropyl Myristate

- Myristyl Myristate

- Synthetic Lanolin


Those are just the main ones in makeup and moisturisers which are very bad. There are hundreds more but are far less common. 

As a rule of thumb I generally avoid anything with the word alcohol or "stearic/stearate/stearyl" in it as they tend to be the ones that break me out most.


You can find a full list of ingredients that can cause/aggrivate acne here: http://www.zerozits....ect.htm#inglist

Since cutting out ALL comedogenic ingredients from my skincare routine, I have noticed my skin has cleared up by about 40% and that's only been over the course of a week. 


Don't trust packaging saying that the product is Non-Comedogenic, because it nearly always contains an ingredient on that list. 
It is often said that one or two ingredients from the list are okay and will not aggrivate acne, however I prefer to play it safe and avoid anything with it.


The only ingredient that is on that list that I DO use is Jojoba oil because it is widely disputed wether or not it is comedogenic, however it does not cause me any problems and actually reduces my acne + inflammation. You'll see that it is rated 0-2 on the scale for that reason.


If the comedogenic rating is below 2 then it should be okay as long as it's towards the end of the ingredients list. :)


P.S if you can't find the ingredients for a certain product anywhere then search it on drugstore.com as you can view the ingredients for almost everything there :D


Sorry for the long post!


Morning Routine:

- Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz

- Hyaluronic Acid Serum (homemade)

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (on acne prone areas)

- Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Cream (10% Glycolic Acid)

- SK:N Sunscreen SPF 30

- W7 Camera Ready Primer


Evening Routine:

- Lush Ultrabland + Washcloth 

- Soap & Glory ULTIMELT Hot Cloth Cleanser + Washcloth

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Differin 0.1% cream 

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (stops oil production)

- Vitamin C Serum (also homemade) OR

- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum


Once/Twice a week:

- Green Clay Mask (+ salicylic acid)

- Exfoliate with No7 skin cleansing brush

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

Our makeup tips: http://www.acne.org/faq.html#cosmetics

and http://www.acne.org/...up-if-you-must/


Our list of problematic ingredients: http://www.acne.org/...genic-list.html



Hope that helps!

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