Can cosmetics cause acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some cosmetics may cause pores to be clogged with oil. That build-up of oil leads to acne. Look for non-comedogenic cosmetics and skincare products to help prevent clogging of pores.

Some skin and hair care products can cause acne. To help prevent and control acne flare-ups, take good care of your skin. For example, use a mild soap or cleanser to gently wash your face twice a day. Choose "non-comedogenic" make-up and hair care products. This means that they don't close up the pores.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

Patricia Farris, MD

Acne cosmetica is acne that is caused by skin care products or make-up. Dermatologists call products that cause acne comedogenic. Cosmetics containing lanolin, petrolatum, oleic acid, certain vegetable oils and lauryl alchol are known to be comedogenic and should be avoided if you are acne prone. When choosing products find those labeled non-comedogenic and oil free.


This answer is based on the source infromation from the National Women's Health Information Center


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