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Updated: Nov 14, 2021

Dear Fave,

Scrapping what’s left of the lovely pressed cake powder I just tried and loved made me realize the range of products I’ve exposed myself to over the years in the name of cosmetic. Some fun, some expensive, others less costly than can be imagined, some flat out extravagant, hmmm some with a yummy smell that makes you smile at the scent, regardless of all these peculiarities it solely boils down to know if it works for your skin or if it’s just a skin nightmare.

More importantly, I dislike seeing a beautiful lady who has had her makeup done myself inclusive and peering through the sometimes heavily caked skin, is prominent skin disorders like acne, pimple-like lesions or rashes on the surface. Not a cute sight to behold I might say.

What may be the cause you ask or why does she even have makeup on in the first place if it will only worsen the skin I think.

Keeping that in view, we shall discuss further;

What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean?

The first time I heard the word non-comedogenic used was in a cosmetology class. I must say prior to that knowledge, I had a slight idea of what it was.

Non-comedogenic makeup is really just a glamorous way of saying a makeup, cosmetic or skin care product that does not cause the pore to block, preventing any progression to acne breakouts with the absence of alcohol, and pore-clogging ingredients. It's not oil based but more water-based i.e non-comedogenic cosmetics have a first line ingredient of water, no alcohol and are good for sensitive skin.

In most cases, non-comedogenic cosmetics are hypoallergenic and non-pore clogging. Non-comedogenic makeup does not contain harmful ingredients that are known to clog the pores, therefore they do not cause blocked pores. Non-comedogenic makeup and cosmetic or skin care products are known to contain ingredients that treat or prevent pore clogging breakouts like salicylic acid, titanium oxide, zinc oxide, and the likes.

What Makeup To Avoid When You Have An Acne Prone Skin. Plainly comedogenic, I personally do not like mineral containing products which a lot of skincare products happen to contain in this high temperate region. They are known to cause more harm than good to the skin.

Also, the use of concealers or locally made products (that’s the cheap or fake knock offs that are less than half the price of the original cosmetics you just will know) are a big No-No for acne prone skin because they further clog the skin causing breakouts. A helpful hint will be to use products that are water-based, avoid oil-based products frightfully. Contrary to my last statement and as a good follower will know from previous article posts that I am not against the use of oils as they are great for the skin regardless of the skin type. Look out for good oils like vitamin E oil which is an antioxidant and which helps in the enhanced healing of the skin.

Tea-tree oil which acts as an anti-inflammatory and prevents acne breakouts. Some non-comedogenic makeups and cosmetic skin care products contain natural acne fighting ingredients like lemons, honey, apricot. And lightening ingredients like carrots, papaya, watermelon e.t.c.

Every skin is pretty with the right touch.

Some Examples of Non-Comedogenic Cosmetics: Instead of writing a long list of in most cases sponsored products, I will rather encourage you to know how to source for non-comedogenic cosmetics by yourself or let us help you.

If you have an acne prone skin or a sensitive skin odds are you either try to hide the imperfections with heavy makeup which contains ingredients that likely further clogs the skin worsening the imperfections or you totally just avoid the opportunity of beautifying the skin. It is important for you to know how to get the right products for your skin. Knowing your skin type serves as the first step. If you do then it's easy to walk into a cosmetic store and find the right product for you. Never feel pressured.

Initially, it will take a while but with little experience of knowing if you're allergic to any ingredient, resistant or plain out your skin does not respond to the main treating ingredients, you'll get a hang of the trade. Examples of products I have found to be active for acne prone skin are but not limited to; St Ives Apricot scrub, Mary Kay Foundation, and many alike.

The beautiful thing about reading the labels and not just buying the bottle of these products is that it clearly states that the certain product is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, contains no parabens and other important information clearly defined.

It takes patience to really clear out the stock of current products you use that are not in line with the likely defined non-comedogenic products you need. I am not necessarily saying you should garbage them all but I advise you weigh the option of the pros and cons of using what products you use.

Love, F.P.

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