How important are the ingredients?
Acne can be controlled by specific product ingredients. Different types of acne use different kinds of ingredients. It is essential to know what ingredient is good for what type of acne you have; and how to use the products correctly. I have seen this happen over and over, knowing what, why, and how will help you determine the right fit. There are two kinds of products, products that maintain our skin and products that change our skin. You cannot control acne without using products that change your skin. It’s not enough to find and use products with these specific ingredients.
But finding the right combination and then using them correctly to achieve the desired results.
Make Up Beware: Check your cosmetics and/or hair products for pore clogging ingredients; Here are a few common bad ingredients: Isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, laureth-4, natural Vitamin E, most natural oils, cocoa butter and D & C red dyes all agitate acne. Benzoyl Peroxide medications found at cosmetic departments may contain isopropyl myristate and laureth-4, oils or other ingredients, that impede the active ingredient of benzoyl peroxide.
Retin A medications also from your Dermatologist! Can contain one of the most offensive pore clogging ingredient: Isopropyl myristate,
Watch out for “oil-free” products. They contain synthetic oils (fatty acids), D&C red dyes and detergents that can aggravate acne. See my complete list of offensive ingredients:
Cornstarch (also called Zea Mays or corn starch) and rice starch. Starch obtained from corn and sometimes used as an absorbent in cosmetics instead of talc. However, when cornstarch becomes moist, it can promote fungal and bacterial growth, causing acne to get worse.
Another aspect is you must also be sure that products with certain ingredients are formulated properly so they can do what they say they do. You may find Over The Counter (OTC) products with these certain ingredients but added pore clogging or aggravating ingredients could worsen or impede the active ingredient. As to eliminate any question about this I highly recommend the professional products that I have personally worked with for years and have rave results
View these products I work with everyday.
Don’t Trust What the Bottle Says!
I find a lot of consumers trust in the advertising and marketing of products. Do not ever put anything on your skin without checking the ingredients first, even if it says “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic” on the bottle.
We can waste so much time and effort jumping around from product to product. What I find and it boggles my mind, is that most of the time none of the products my clients currently using have any benefit in helping their acne.
The desperation we feel over our acne I can relate too. Don’t fall for another advisement or bottle that say, it was for acne and would do ABC. Or the sales lady at the make-up store, that said this one is great for acne. Sales personnel quite frankly are just that Sales personnel, not very qualified to help you with skin care issues; they are qualified to highlight the features and benefits for the products they sale.
You must also remember to be sure that products with certain ingredients are formulated properly so they are effective. Not all products are alike. There are so many OTC products popping up every day it starts to become overwhelming.