Can skincare products cause acne

Can skincare products cause acne?

Would you ever have thought that the ingredients in your skincare products might actually cause or contribute to acne?

You’ll see many skincare products on the high street and available online that are labelled “non-irritating” or “non-comedogenic” indicating that the ingredients they contain are good for your skin, won’t cause irritation or redness and won’t cause or exacerbate acne.

Why you should always check skincare  ingredients

The problem is that many of the skincare products that are marketed as non-irritating, non-comedogenic or even ‘acne-fighting’ could actually be making your skin worse by irritating it, causing skin inflammation and your acne to flare up.

Everyone has a different reaction to specific skincare ingredients. A product that’s great for one person could contain ingredients that lead to rashes, skin irritation and an increase in acne in another person — and if you already have acne, many ingredients are known to make acne-prone skin even worse.

In order to figure out whether your skincare products might be making your skin worse rather than better, take a peek in your bathroom cabinet. From skincare creams that claim to “cure” acne to sun creams, shaving creams and hair products, there could be skin-irritating ingredients lurking in a number of your favourite beauty products.

Below is a list of the ingredients we think you need to know about. We’ve identified which are non-comedogenic and which are likely to irritate your skin on a scale from 0 (non-comedogenic and won’t cause skin irritation) to 3 (if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, then definitely avoid) so you can compare against the ingredients lists in the products in your bathroom.

Your skincare ingredients checklist

NameWhat is it?Is it Comedogenic?Will it irritate?
Acetylated LanolinLanolin20
Acetylated Lanolin AlcoholLanolin20-1
Algae extractBotanical32
Benzoic AcidFatty Acid01
Butyl StearateFatty Acid10
Butylated HydroxyanisoleAntioxidant01
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20Alcohol, Ester, Ethers20-1
Cetyl AcetateLanolin20-1
Cocoa ButterNatural Oil20
Coconut ButterNatural Oil20
Colloidal SulphurMineral12
Cotton Seed OilNatural Oil10-1
Dioctyl SuccinateFatty Acid10-1
Disodium MonooleamidoAlcohol, Ester, Ethers20-1
Ethoxylated LanolinLanolin10
Ethylhexyl PalmitateFatty Acid20
Glycerine Stearate SEAlcohol, Ester, Ethers10-1
Glyceryl-3-DiisostearateAlcohol, Ester, Ethers30
Hexadecyl AlcoholAlcohol, Ester, Ethers30-1
Isocetyl AlcoholFatty Acid22
Isocetyl StearateAlcohol, Ester, Ethers30
Isodecyl OleateFatty Acid20
Isopropyl AlcoholAlcohol, Ester, Ethers02
Isopropyl IsostearateFatty Acid30
Isopropyl LinolateFatty Acid30-1
Isopropyl MyristateFatty Acid31
Isopropyl PalmitateFatty Acid20-1
Myristyl LactateFatty Acid20-1
Myristyl MyristateFatty Acid30-1
Octyl Palmitate
Fatty Acid
Octyl StearateAlcohol, Ester, Ether33
Oleth-3Alcohol, Ester, Ether30-1
Oleyl AlcoholAlcohol, Ester, Ether20-1
PEG16 LanolinLanolin21
PEG200 DilaurateAlcohol, Ester, Ether10-1
PG MonostearateAlcohol, Ester, Ether10
PPG2 Myristyl PropionateFatty Acid21
Polyglyceryl-3-DiisostearateAlcohol, Ester, Ether20
Potassium ChlorideMineral30-1
Propylene Glycol MonostearateAlcohol, Ester, Ether20
Red AlgaeBotanical31
Sodium ChlorideMineral30-1
Solulan 16Lanolin21
Steareth 10Alcohol, Ester, Ether21
Stearic Acid Tea
Fatty Acid
Stearyl HeptanoateFatty Acid20
Sulfated Castor OilNatural Oil10-1
Sulfated Jojoba OilWax10-1
Syearyl HeptanoateFatty Acid20
Wheat Germ GlycerideAlcohol, Ester, Ether10-1
Wheat Germ OilNatural Oil32
XyleneLiquid Hydrocarbon

Choose natural  ingredients to help spot-prone skin

It’s great to educate yourself about what’s in your skincare products by consulting the table above and carefully reading labels before you buy skincare products in future.

Another option is to stop relying on topical treatments for your skin and look at other skincare solutions.  Ingestible skin care supplements that can be eaten or added to drinks are enormously popular in Asian cultures and are increasingly being used in the UK and the US.

‘Feeding’ your skin from within rather than applying ingredients to your face is more effective in clearing spots and nourishing your skin. Remember the old adage “You are what you eat”?  This definitely applies to your skin!

PRAVENAC help: clear skin natural soluble skin supplement is formulated with non-comedogenic ingredients to treat your acne and improve congested, spot-prone skin. Just add to your morning glass of water, juice or mix into your milk before adding to your breakfast cereal.

Formulated to treat your skin naturally from the inside-out, it’s specifically developed to be gentle on your digestive system and cause no gut irritation  — whether you have diabetes or IBS. It’s safe for you to consume as it contains 100 per cent natural ingredients including lactoferrin, aloe vera, zinc gluconate and oligofructose.  All natural ingredients that are proven to treat acne naturally.