5 Ingredients That You Need To Break Up With ASAP If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

Ayushi VermaAyushi Verma  |  May 26, 2021
Skincare Ingredients To Avoid For Acne-Prone Skin


Hands up if you don’t scan the ingredient list before buying a skincare product and buy it for the cute packaging! Well, we’re guilty of doing it too sometimes. However, planning your beauty routine well is essential in keeping your skin feeling good and looking fab. If you have acne-prone skin, then you know how difficult it is to find the right concoction that works for your skin. 

So, to help you out, we’ve rounded up the skincare ingredients that you must avoid if you have acne-prone skin. Keep scrolling to give your skincare arsenal a much-needed update.

PSA: If you’re dealing with acne that just won’t go, we suggest visiting a dermatologist cause they’ll be able to get to the root cause of your breakouts and give you a treatment plan that’s tailor-made for you.

5 Skincare Ingredients To Avoid If You Have Acne-Prone Skin


Avoid Occlusives

Sure, occlusives such as petroleum jelly and cocoa butter are great for hydration but they make our skin susceptible to clogged pores and thus contribute to breakouts. Instead, invest in gel-based creams and moisturiser that will lock in the hydration without being too greasy and heavy on the skin.

Say No To Coconut Oil

While coconut oil is known to be the ultimate elixir for those of us with dry, parched skin but it’s highly comedogenic as it clogs pores and poses some serious threat to acneic skin. Instead, you can invest in rosehip oil-infused formulas or even primrose oil that are lighter on the skin as they contain linoleic acid which is useful for acne-prone skin. 

Avoid Silicones And Sulfates

Sulfate that is known to create commercial-worthy lather from your cleansers is your skin’s enemy. It damages the skin’s barrier making your active breakouts even worse. Thankfully, there are a lot of sulfate-free cleansers that give us squeaky clean skin without causing any harm. Also, avoid silicone-based primers and creams which have a mattifying effect on the skin but form a layer on top of the skin which spells trouble for acneic skin.

Stay Away From Sodium Chloride

Sodium chloride might be the cause of breakouts along the chin and mouth area. It is mainly used in cleansers for its exfoliating benefits and ability to thicken formulations. Yes, it gives a creamy texture and decadence to moisturisers, but we are not willing to use it at the expense of getting zits.

Artificial Dyes Are A Big No

Often used in coloured beauty products such as blushes and lipstick, D&C dyes are made from coal tar and petroleum which can worsen the breakouts. We suggest cutting them out of your beauty routine to see if acne and oiliness improve in the area you usually apply them. Instead, invest in more natural formulas.

BRB, gotta decipher our skincare labels!

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