FACT: Purchasing a new beauty product when you have sensitive, breakout-prone skin can be downright daunting. (And also makes us want to bang our heads against a wall?!) Every brand out there claims to be “clean” and yet, zits seem to follow. On top of that, being haunted by a consistent stream of product fails can ultimately leave you nervous to take the leap and try something new. We get it because — yeah — we’ve been there, too.
To help make that next shopping trip more enjoyable, we wanted to share some top tips so that you can make an informed decision in the beauty aisle.
Check out the product claims.
In other words, look for products that state on the bottle that they are non-comedogenic and oil-free, as these are less likely to clog your pores and cause breakouts.
Avoid these (annoyingly common) ingredients at all costs.
Here’s a quick list of watchouts to steer clear from:
- Essential oils: While they smell great, they’re probably best not used on the face. These oils can be extremely irritating for acne-prone skin.
- Alcohol: This may make your skin extra thirsty (a.k.a. dry) — and not in a good way.
- Cocoa butter: It makes us sad, too, because it smells so good. But cocoa butter is known to clog pores. Sigh.
- Coconut oil: This one is fine as a makeup remover or cleanser that you wash off, but due to its comedogenic properties, we would not suggest leaving anything with coconut oil on the face. Sure, it can be hydrating, but the lauric and oleic acid in coconut oil can trap sebum and dirt in your pores.
Invest in quality.
Investing in quality products that are specifically designed for acne-prone skin can make a big difference. Premium beauty brands often use advanced technology and better-quality ingredients, which can provide better results.