Pore Cloggers

Ingredients in everyday products are common causes of acne


Skincare companies market their products for acne-prone skin, but the products contain ingredients that actually worsen acne. These ingredients could be found in your make-up, shampoo, toothpaste, face & body wash, and laundry detergent!

Even if you read “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic” on the bottle, no government agency oversees product labels for their effectiveness in treating acne. That’s why Acne Specialists identified the infamous Pore Cloggers.

The following ingredients will cause and aggravate acne. Make sure that you do not let these toxins onto your skin. Use this list to check the ingredients label of anything you put on your body.

  • Acetylated Lanolin
  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
  • algae extract
  • algin
  • butyl stearate
  • carrageenan
  • cetyl acetate
  • cetearyl alcohol + ceteareth 20
  • chondrus crispus (Irish Moss)
  • Chlorella
  • coal tar
  • cocoa butter
  • coconut alkanes
  • coconut butter
  • coconut oil
  • cotton seed oil
  • D&C RED #17
  • D&C RED #21
  • D&C RED #3
  • D&C RED #30
  • D&C RED #36
  • decyl oleate
  • dioctyl succinate
  • disodium monooleamido PEG 2 sulfusuccinate
  • ethoxylated lanolin
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glyceryl-3 diisostearate, Glyceral Stearate SE
  • glyceryl stearate SE
  • hexadecyl alcohol
  • hydrogenated vegetable oil
  • isocetyl alcohol
  • isocetyl stearate
  • isodecyl oleate
  • isopropyl isostearate
  • isopropyl linolate
  • isopropyl myristate
  • isopropyl palmitate
  • isostearyl isostearate
  • isostearyl neopentanoate
  • kelp
  • Laminaria Digitata Extract
  • Laminaria Saccharina (seaweed)
  • Laureth-4, Laureth-23
  • Lauric Acid
  • Lauroyl Lysine
  • Mink Oil
  • Myristic Acid
  • Myristyl Lactate
  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Octyl Stearate
  • Oleth-3 (not Oleth-3 Phosphate)
  • Oleyl Alcohol
  • Palm oil
  • PEG 16 Lanolin
  • PEG 200 Dilaurate
  • PEG 8 Stearate
  • PG Monostearate
  • PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
  • Plankton
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  • Red Algae
  • Seaweed
  • Sea Whip Extract
  • Shark Liver Oil (squalene, not squalane)
  • Shea Butter
  • Sodium Alginate
  • Sodium Chloride (not if it’s at the end of the formula)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Coco Sulfate
  • Solulan 16
  • Soybean Oil
  • Spirulina (seaweed)
  • Steareth 10
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Xylene

Pore cloggers are everywhere!

For example, harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh chemical that’s added as a foaming agent to cleansers, but clogs pores. Even natural ingredients found in organic skin care products, like shea butter and coconut oil, cause acne.

Find out why you break out

We help New Clients pinpoint pore cloggers that could be causing breakouts.

Specialists’ acne-safe products

We carry a special line of products are guaranteed to be acne-safe. Also, read Acne Mythbusters for recommendations on acne-safe everyday products.

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