Common Pore-Clogging Ingredients You Should Avoid

Common Pore-Clogging Ingredients You Should Avoid

Do You Know the Common Pore Clogging Ingredients to Avoid?

It's not just the natural oil in your face, toxins in the air, or the food you eat that cause clogged pores. There are instances where skin care products are the culprits of those surprise breakouts!

Of course, all these facial products aim to help you get that flawless, Instagram-ready skin you may want, and they will deliver. But there are times when even with high priced products, some might not be as effective as you would hope, or worse, can and will clog up pores causing further skin problems like acne breakouts. Oh no! With all the different skin products available, it can be very overwhelming to find something to try out.

Luckily, there are signs that can help prevent such mishaps. In reality, paying a bit extra attention to the ingredients list can save our skin from a great mess!

Much of the information on pore-clogging ingredients is popularly labeled as "comedogenic."

While not every ingredient will react the same for everyone's skin, there's a huge list of problematic ingredients you can keep an eye on.

Here are some common ingredients to remember that will inhibit your pores breathing!

  • Cosmetic grade Mineral oils are minimally comedogenic but don't even think to use lower grade mineral oils for skin – they're very comedogenic.
  • Lauric acid is another very comedogenic ingredient – often found in products for acne-prone skin for its antibacterial properties. It builds on the skin and seriously clogs the pores – yikes!
  • Other ingredients you want to keep away from are: Mango Butter, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Wheat Germ Oil

It’s not over yet!

Ever wondered how velvety moisturizers, primers, serums, and other skincare products glide so smoothly on your skin? How do these products melt like butter for a poreless, creaseless finish? Check the ingredients list for Dimethicone, a type of silicone. Dimethicone, a magical gliding ingredient, is widely used in skincare and cosmetic products for an airbrushed look.

But wait, there's more!

Dimethicone also has a dark side; this ingredient and silicones, in general, have red flags tagged for clogging the pores and causing skin irritation. Don't you just hate the idea of draining money on comedogenic products? I don't know about you, but of course, I'm just not willing to take that risk.

Check your labels. It'll be a safe bet!

What else can you do?

All is not lost!

If you really want to use your makeup and other facial skin products, then the best and most straightforward way to avoid clogged pores is none other than a good facial cleanse.

Regardless of what you put on during the day, make sure you put in some effort to give your skin time to breathe through those products. Washing and a good cleansing not only refreshes your skin, it helps exfoliate your skin to keep it soft and supple.

Detoxing your face once a week is another fantastic option to help keep your skin dewy. Give our Antioxidant Facial Treatment Mask a try! Use it as a gentle exfoliating facial scrub and cleanser 2-3 times a week or leave on for 30 minutes for a deeply hydrating treatment mask once a week. 
This mask is loaded with powerful antioxidant and free radical fighters to help reverse the oxidizing process for smoother, younger-looking and positively radiant skin. Free radical damage, or oxidation, manifests in our skin as wrinkles and sagging. The cellular matrix of our cells collapses under the ongoing attack of free radicals from the environment. Antioxidants work to HALT AND REVERSE this process.

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