Comedogenic Cosmetics

The beauty and health of the human skin is being undermined by one of the biggest campaigns ever conducted in the history of merchandising. Every day on radio, television, magazine and newspapers, we are encouraged to put aside basic skin care ingredients like soap and water in favor of such complexion “aids” as daytime moisturizers, cleansing creams, night creams, face foundations and rouges.

While some people’s skin is capable of facing the damaging effects of cosmetics, an estimated 30% of all cosmetic users have skin which is acne prone. This can be a negative factor when looking for an acne treatment.

Women and men alike, in their teens, twenties and even early thirties, are possible candidates for cosmetic acne. The ailment is recognized by many elevated small whiteheads covering the cheeks and chin and even the forehead. While cosmetic acne hardly produces scars, it can be disgusting, stubborn and bothersome. The skin’s pores have a hard time dealing with the skin’s own oil sebum, so applying more irritating oils is one of the worst things you can do.

Even people who are not acne sufferers can actually develop acne through the use of their cosmetics. Since cosmetic acne commonly shows subtly after several months of constant use of a comedogenic (acne-causing) product, many women do not connect their outbreaks with the given product. The woman with cosmetic acne is in a vicious circle; the more she breaks out, the more make-up she applies to cover it up… which only leads to more blemishes.

Advertising confuses the issue. “Oil Free–the Darling of Madison Avenue.

”Oil free” is quickly becoming a popular term of the cosmetic industry. Many cosmetic manufacturers are replacing chemicals which, legally speaking, are not considered oil free simply because they derive from synthetic sources rather than from biological sources, i.e., animal, vegetable or mineral.

These artificial oils, however, are often more acne producing than a biological oil such as mineral oil. Advertising claims for many cosmetic terms such as “oil free,” “dermatologist tested” and “hypoallergenic” can be very misleading. Hypo-allergenic may mean the product is perfume-free, yet it could still contain ingredients harmful to acne-prone people. “Dermatologist-tested” may be authentic but not entirely helpful. The product may have been tested for skin allergy or skin irritancy and its effects on skin pores may have been missed.

The Oil Migration Test

Not all “oil-free” moisturizers for cosmetics are oil free; some contain oil-like synthetics that can provoke acne-prone skin. How to know? Dab the product on good-quality stationery (imprinted 25% cotton fiber). 24 hours later, hold the paper up to daylight and look for oil rings. The extent of migration will correspond to the percent of oil in the cosmetic.

The oil migration test is great to discover certain oils in cosmetics, but it is more important to learn to understand the labels and evade troublesome ingredients. Remember, not all oils are damaging. Petrolatum and some natural oils like mineral oil and sunflower oil don’t permeate down into the pore.

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– Martha Fitzharris