Many cosmetics are designed to be noncomedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores. I rarely see product acne (it’s much less common than you might think) and, in fact, when someone believes she is reacting to a particular product, in all likelihood it’s something else. The psychological attachment to the product being to blame, however, means by stopping using it, she is less stressed out about it. It’s possible that your skin may react to an unsuspected ingredient.
To pinpoint the product, keep a skin diary, noting down anything new in your regimen—soaps, cleansers, serums, treatments, makeup, everything. Stop using one of them for five to seven days and see if your skin improves; if not, move on to the next.
One product that is often problematic and not an automatic “aha!” is sunscreen. Patients sometimes tell me they are really stressed because they’ve got these little bumps or blackheads on their forehead. Turns out they used a sunscreen one or two days earlier that wasn’t oil free. Make sure you’ve got an oil free face formula with a good UV protector like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Since product acne may take three to six weeks to clear completely, try an over-the-counter salicylic acid peel to help calm any inflammation. Or get a prescription for a topical mix of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin and use it all over your face.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.
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