Are Your Cosmetics Causing Acne?


Many women of all ages and skin types, acne prone or not, can fall victim to pore clogging ingredients found in numerous skin care and cosmetic products.  Marketing labels such as “non-comedogenic,” “organic,” “water-based,” “oil-free,” “natural,” “vegan,” and “eco-friendly,” presents us with a false hope that products such as these are good for the skin.  In fact, most familiar and well trusted products being produced by leading makeup companies from all over the world today unfortunately contain an array of pore clogging ingredients.  Although this is unlikely to be intentional, it still remains to be a major contributing factor in the cause of acne for millions of women today.

Here are a few well known makeup products that contain pore clogging ingredients proven to make acne worse:

 Acne Causing Tinted Moisturizers

  • Trish McEvoy ‘Protective Shield Moisturizing Tint SPF 15 (castor oil)
  • Rae Climate Control Mineral Tint SPF 20 (Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride)
  • Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (Ethyhexy Palmitate)
  • Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30+ (Algae Extract)
  • Cover Girl CG Smoothers SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer (Isopropyl Palmitate)
  • Image I-Conceal (Algae Extract)
  • EltaMD UV Physical Tinted SPF (Isopropyl Palmitate)
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer (Isopropyl Isostearate)
  • Rae Climate Control Mineral Tint SPF 20 (Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride)
  • Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 (Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride)
  • Lorac Protectint SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer (Glyceryl Stearate SE)
  • GloMinerals Sheer Tint Base (Isopropyl Myristate)

Acne Causing Pressed Powder

  • Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with SPF 15 (Shea Butter)
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Isostearyl Neopentanoate)
  • Bare Minerals READY SPF 20 Foundation (Algae Extract)


Acne Causing Loose Powder

  • Everyday Minerals (Lauroyl Lysine)
  • GloMinerals Loose Base (Lauroyl Lysine)
  • Jane Iredale Amazing Base (Algae Extract)
  • Bare Minerals READY Foundation (Lauroyl Lysine)
  • Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation (Lauroyl Lysine)

Acne Causing Concealer

  • Physicians Formula Twins Correct & Cover Cream Concealer (Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride)
  • Neutogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer (Sodium Chloride)
  • Tarte Concealer (Microcrystalline Wax)
  • Bare Minerals Blemish Therapy (Algae Extract)
  • Bare Minerals Redness Remedy (Lauroyl Lysine, Oils)


Acne Causing Blush

  • Blush
  • NARS Blush (Laureth-4)
  • MAC Pressed Blush (D&C Red #30)
  • Everyday Minerals Blush (Lauroyl Lysine)
  • Bare Minerals READY Blush (Lauroyl Lysine)

Acne Causing Primer

  • Lorac Primer (Ethyhexl Palmitate, Isonony Isononanoate)

Acne Causing Bronzer

  • NARS Bronzer (Ethyhexyl Palmitate)

Acne Causing Lip Gloss/Balm

  • Maybelline Baby Lips (Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Shea Butter, D&C Reds)
  • EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (Olive Oil, Coconut oil, Shea Butter)
  • Blistex Medicated 9Camphor, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lanolin Oil, Cocoa Butter)



Learn what products are acne safe and how to spot the offending ingredients with ABQ’s Acne Specialist.  Make your appointment today to get started! 505.514.9556