Anyone can break out from countless ingredients in products, but those with oily skin need to be extra cautious. Therefore, I am going to share some common pore-clogging ingredients that could backfire on your attempts to stay clear and yet still be moisturized, especially if you see them near the top of the list of ingredients of any product.
Oily complexions should avoid cocoa butter, lanolin, petrolatum, mineral oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, coconut oil, cottonseed oil, and wheat germ oils. You need also to watch out for sulfates particularly, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, which often are active ingredients in cleansers, shampoos and conditioners.
Other typical ingredients that can also make your problem worse and trigger breakouts include isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl myristate, myristyl myristate, laureth-4 and -23, cetearyl alcohol, D&C red #30, oleth-3, and isopropyl palmitate among others.
Remember that the amount of any ingredient when reading a product label goes from most to the least. After making that determination, if you find one of those problem ingredients among the first seven ingredients on that package, bottle, or jar, then do yourself a favor and look for another one. Your skin will be grateful.
You should even rethink the type of sunscreen you use. Mineral sunscreen that can physically block the sun such as one with zinc oxide might be a safer option for your skin type than chemical sunscreens. Ingredients such as octy or oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate and cinoxate that aggravate your skin and bring on skin eruptions.
Read my earlier post on the most helpful ingredients to look for to get your best skin ever!