Cosmetic Acne


What is Cosmetic Acne or Acne Cosmetica?

Cosmetic Acne is only triggered by makeup, hair styling and skin care products which contain comedogenic or pore clogging ingredients. This form of acne typically appears like many small whiteheads with occasional turns into papules or pustules. By using the products which consist of comedogenic ingredients can easily cause acne in people even they do not have any history of acne skin problem before.

You may think that if avoid blocked pores and using non comedogenic or oil free type skin care products will certainly not be facing any cosmetic acne condition. However, most of the product labels are misleading and you will most likely be surprised to find out that countless of the best selling acne treatment and products contain pore clogging elements. In order to avoid cosmetic acne, you need to understand the ingredients labelled from the products.


What Are The Cosmetic Ingredients Can Cause Acne?

Several types of cosmetic contain elements that can clog up pores, trigger allergic reactions, and even skin complications like dermatitis. Although severe skin reactions are not common, acne triggered by cosmetics is very normal. The name of acne cosmetica is applied when referring to a condition from immediate result associated with acne. Certain substances are more likely to produce blemishes compared to others, have a look at the list can help you avoid any products contain comedogenic compounds that may cause acne problems.

Products labelled with a reasonable concentrated volume of comedogenic ingredients will be less likely to clog up the pores. If you are suffering from acne skin, avoid ingredients that contain in cosmetic found in the following list, as it can makes your acne condition worse, you are also advised by not using it.

  • Mineral Oil – This type of oil produced a thin layer on your skin; it will trap bacteria and dead skin cells which cause acne.
  • Petroleum Base – This is an oil that normally uses to create synthetic products, you should never need more oil added to your face.
  • Lanolin -This is generally the name for sheep sebum and while it may be good for dry skin, it’s not suitable for acne prone skin.
  • Isopropyl Myristate -This substance can help to make your skin feel less oily, but it clogs pores and causes irritation to skin.
  • Artificial Fragrance -This will make your skin irritated and cause acne outbreaks. Consider using fragrance free products.

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Family [*]; Comedogenicity grade (#) from 3 = medium, 5 = high;


Acetylated Lanolin [Lanolins & Derivatives] (4)
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol [Lanolins & Derivatives] (4)
Algae Extract [Botanicals] (5)
Algin [Minerals] (4)


Butyl Stearate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (3)


Carrageenan [Botanicals] (5)
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20 [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (4)
Cetyl Acetate [Lanolins & Derivatives] (4)
Cocoa Butter [Natural Oils] (4)
Coconut Oil [Natural Oils] (4)
Colloidal Sulfur [Minerals] (3)
Cotton Awws Oil [Natural Oils] (3)
Cotton Seed Oil [Natural Oils] (3)
Crinso [Natural Oils] (3)


D & C Red #3 [Pigments] (3)
D & C Red #17 [Pigments] (3)
D & C Red #21 [Pigments] (3)
D & C Red #30 [Pigments] (3)
D & C Red #36 [Pigments] (3)
Decyl Oleate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (3)
Dioctyl Succinate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (3)
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (4)


Ethoxylated Lanolin [Lanolins & Derivatives] (3)
Ethylhexyl Palmitate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)


Glyceryl Stearate SE [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (3)
Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (4)


Hexadecyl Alchohol [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (5)
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil [Natural Oils] (3)


Isocetyl Alcohol [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)
Isocetyl Stearate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (5)
Isodecyl Oleate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)
Isopropyl Isostearate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (5)
Isopropyl Linolate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (5)
Isopropyl Myristate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (5)
Isopropyl Palmitate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)
Isopropyl Isostearate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)
Isopropyl Neopentanoate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (3)


Laureth 23 [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (3)
Laureth 4 [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (5)
Lauric Acid [FattyAcids & Derivatives] (4)


Mink Oil [Natural Oils] (3)
Myristic Acid [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (3)
Myristyl Lactate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)
Myristyl Myristate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives](5)


Octyl Palmitate [Miscellaneous] (4)
Octyl Stearate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (5)
Oleth-3 [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (5)
Oleyl Alcohol [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (4)


PEG 16 Lanolin [Lanolins & Derivatives] (4)
PEG 200 Dilaurate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (3)
PEG8 Stearate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (3)
PG Monostearate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (3)
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)
Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (4)
Potassium Chloride [Minerals] (5)
Propylene Glycol Monostearate [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (4)


Red Algae [Botanicals] (5)


Shark Liver Oil [Oils] (3)
Sodium Chloride/Salt [Minerals] (5)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate [Detergents] (3)
Sodiul Lauryl Sulfate [Detergents] (5)
Solulan 16 [Lanolins & Derivatives] (4)
Sorbitan Oleate [Thickeners & Emulsifiers] (3)
Soyabean Oil [Natural Oils] (3)
Steareth 10 [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (4)
Stearic Acid Tea [Miscellaneous] (3)
Stearyl Heptanoate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)
Sulfated Castor Oil [Natural Oils] (3)
Sulfated Jojoba Oil [Waxes] (3)
Syeary Heptanoate [Fatty Acids & Derivatives] (4)


Wheat Germ Glyceride [Alcohols, Esters, Ethers, Sugars] (3)
Wheat Germ Oil [Natural Oils] (5)


Xylene [Miscellaneous] (4)



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