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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Cosmetic Acne: How to keep your skin spot-free

There's nothing worse than a breakout when you're over 30. According to medical research twenty-five percent of men and fifty percent of women are affected by adult acne. Causes of adult acne vary. One out of three adult women and one out of five adult men have Adult Cosmetic Acne, the acne caused by or aggravated by cosmetics.  To avoid or reduce the problem, use products that are free from parabens/mineral oil. Besides being carcinogenic, mineral oil and parabens are comedogenic meaning they clog pores, which leads to infection and breakouts. 

Other common comedogenic ingredients are: 

HighAcetylated Lanolin
HighAcetylated Lanolin Alcohol
HighAlgae Extract
MediumAlmond Oil
MediumApricot Kernel Oil
MediumArachidic Acid
MediumAscorbyl Palmitate
MediumAvocado Oil
MediumBehenic acid
MediumBenzoic Acid
HighBismuth oxychloride may cause cystic acne
HighButyl Stearate
MediumButylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
MediumCajeput Oil
MediumCapric Acid
MediumCaprylic acid
MediumCetearyl Alcohol
HighCetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
MediumCetyl Alcohol
HighCoal tar
HighCocoa Butter
HighCoconut Butter
HighCoconut Oil
HighColloidal Sulfur
HighCorn Oil
HighCotton Aws Oil
HighCotton Seed Oil
HighD & C Red # 17
MediumD & C Red # 19
HighD & C Red # 21
HighD & C Red # 3
HighD & C Red # 30
HighD & C Red # 36
MediumD & C Red #27
MediumD & C Red #40
HighDecyl Oleate
HighDioctyl Succinate
HighDisodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
HighEthoxylated Lanolin
HighEthylhexyl Palmitate
MediumEvening Primrose Oil
HighGlyceryl Stearate SE -MUST have SE after the stearate
HighGlyceryl-3-Disostearate-(MUST have a "3" with it)
MediumGrape Seed Oil (extract is OK)
HighHexadecyl Alcohol
MediumHexylene Glycol
HighHydrogenated Vegetable Oil
HighIsocetyl Stearate
HighIsodecyl Oleate
Highisoproply linoleate
HighIsopropyl Isosterate
HighIsopropyl lanolate
HighIsopropyl Myristate
HighIsopropyl Palmitate
Highisostearic acid
Highisostearyl acid
HighIsostearyl Isostearate
HighIsostearyl Neopentanoate
Highlanolic acid
HighLaureth 23
HighLaureth 4
HighLauric Acid
HighLinseed oil
HighMink Oil
HighMyreth 3 myrstate
HighMyristic Acid
HighMyristyl Lactate
HighMyristyl Myristate
HighOctyl Palmitate
HighOctyl Stearate
HighOleic Acid
HighOleyl Alcohol
MediumOlive Oil (but Olive Oil Extract is OK)
MediumPalmitic Acid
MediumPeach Kernel Oil
MediumPeanut Oil
MediumPEG 100 Distearate
MediumPEG 150 Distearate
HighPEG 16 Lanolin
HighPEG 200 Dilaurate
MediumPeg 75 lanolin
HighPEG 8 Stearate
MediumPentarythrital Tetra Isostearate
MediumPG Dipelargonate
MediumPG Dipelargonate
HighPG Monostearate
HighPolyglyceryl-3-Disostearate (the "3" must be present)
HighPotassium Chloride
HighPPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
HighPropylene Glycol Monostearate
HighRed Algae
MediumSandalwood Seed Oil
MediumSesame Oil
HighShark Liver Oil
HighSalt - Table Salt or Sodium Chloride
HighSodium Laureth Sulfate
HighSodium Lauryl Sulfate-leaves a film on skin-clogs pores
HighSolulan 16
HighSorbitan Oleate
HighSorbitan Sesquinoleate
HighSoybean Oil
HighSteareth 10
MediumSteareth 2
MediumSteareth 20
MediumStearic Acid
HighStearic Acid Tea
MediumStearyl Alcohol
HighStearyl Heptanoate
HighSulfated Castor Oil
HighSulfated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba beads are OK)
HighSyearyl Heptanoate
MediumTocopherol (Tocopherol Acetate is OK)
MediumVitamin A Palmitate-(ONLY this form of Vitamin A)
HighWheat Germ Glyceride
HighWheat Germ Oil

Mild- May be used in diluted concentrations:

avocado oil
castor oil
corn oil
d & c red number  4, 6 7 or 8
glyceryl stearate
lanolin alcohol
lauryl alcohol
mineral oil-fine for makeup
safflower oil
sunflower oil 

Unfortunately all the cheap toiletries and cosmetics are full of these compounds.  Check the label of your make-up products, toiletries or moisturisers. See if ingredients like propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben are listed. Instead, try using organic products or paraben-free skin care and cosmetics, Clinique makes some very good moisturisers and makeup specific for acne-prone skin.
To treat blemishes use Tea Tree Oil. It is a mild disinfectant that will dry spots without irritating your skin. 

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