Become an Acne Detective
By: Barbara Strickland, Certified-Para Medical Esthetician
You've heard the word before, it's Comedogenic (ko-mead-dee-oh-jen-ick) that means... it causes acne!
And what does irritating mean to you? We all know that relatives can be irritating. And even on some occasions, our closest friends. The IRS is especially irritating. However, we are talking about ingredients that irritate your skin! The hallmarks of skin irritation are...hives, redness, swelling, flaking, peeling, itching and general crabbiness from the above-mentioned conditions. Traffic is irritating...it causes road rage. Irritating ingredients cause skin rage!
Did you know that there are Comedogenic and Irritating ingredients in everyday cosmetics, medications, make up, sun blocks, shaving creams, hair care and skin care products? It's true!
DO THE INGREDIENTS IN YOUR PRODUCTS CAUSE ACNE?
It is time to talk turkey about Acne. Almost all cosmetic manufacturers tell you that their products are non-comedogenic (non-acne causing) because they want to sell you products. The unsuspecting consumer purchases these products because the labels state that the product is good for you and will help you to get rid of all of the "ZITS", scarring, discoloration, etc. that you have. The sad fact is that as long as these ingredients are used in skin care products, sun blocks, shaving creams, hair products, make up and products to "clear" acne, the longer the individual who uses them will have active acne.
Here are a few pointers when purchasing anything to use on your acne or for skin care in general:
Make sure that the individual "selling" you the products can pronounce the ingredients listed on the label.
Make sure that the individual "selling" you the products can tell you what these ingredients do for and to your skin!
Does the individual know the difference between a cosmetic and a drug?
-- If you are dry and use a cream moisturizer, your skin will still be dry (dehydrated) underneath and greasy on the surface!
INGREDIENTS THAT CAUSE OR EXACERBATE ACNE
Below is a list which we recommend that you use to become an ACNE DETECTIVE and check ingredients yourself, no matter what the label states or implies! You will need to use this list patiently and search for the strange names of the ingredients on your containers. The reward is simple: No More Zits. This list will help you to make informed and intelligent decisions about what you choose to use on your skin. Remember that the first rule of thumb for any consumer is to be informed. Print this list out and take it with you when you shop for products.
If the ingredient is not on the list - it is safe.
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THE FOLLOWING LIST IS ALPHABETIZED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE:
COM = COMEDOGENICITY IRR = IRRITANCY
Barbara Strickland 1998-2013. This information is published and may not be reprinted.