5 Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare Products If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

For those who have acne-prone skin, you know how much of a joy it is to find a skincare product that doesn’t cause your skin to break out. You can end up searching aisles endlessly to find the holy grail products, clinging on to the hope that nothing will set off your skin. However, unknown to many, there are skincare ingredients to avoid if you want to help your acne-prone skin! 

Because the FDA does not regulate skincare products, almost any ingredient can be incorporated by manufacturers. On top of that, it can be difficult to read labels and know if the ingredients of products are going to cause your skin more bad than good. Combatting skincare-related breakouts is all a matter of becoming an educated buyer. 

We made things extra easier for you with these beauty tips in the Philippines of skincare ingredients to avoid. Read on! 

Coconut Oil

Many people use coconut oil as a form of makeup remover, be it a moisturizer or a cleanser. Some find their skin looking brighter and feeling softer when using coconut oil. However, you should know that coconut oil is a highly comedogenic ingredient, which means it clogs pores! Avoiding clogging is important if you’re prone to acne because all the oil, dirt, or dead skin cell buildup causes breakouts. 

Steer clear from getting coconut oil near your face and invest in non-comedogenic skincare products. If you want a good non-comedogenic cleanser, head to Watsons and try the cult-favorite Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Loved by dermatologists, it cleanses your skin without stripping the natural protective oils. It is also fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and works well for makeup removal!   


Clinique's Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
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Here’s the truth! The sweet-smelling fragrance in your newly purchased skincare products could be the culprit of your acne. “Fragrance”, “parfum”, “perfume”, “linalool”, have dozens of chemicals. These artificial fragrances often trigger allergies, inflammation, and irritation, which makes treating acne-prone skin a disaster. 

While you may want skincare products that smell good, those with acne-prone skin should go for the ones labeled “fragrance-free”. Today, all Clinique products are free from fragrances. So go ahead and delve into their skincare line such as their Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

COSRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
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Sodium lauryl sulfate has been identified as a skin irritant. It is a common ingredient in shampoos, toothpaste, and skincare products. Despite its satisfying foam texture, it can damage the skin’s moisture barrier. This leads to excess oil production and clogged pore, AKA breakouts. 

If you have acne-prone skin, you may want to read the label and avoid sodium lauryl sulfate. Give the COSRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser a try.  Don’t misinterpret its ingredient sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate! Not to be confused with similar-sounding sodium lauryl sulfate, this ingredient is an incredibly mild surfactant and is sulfate-free.        


Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner
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Parabens are chemical ingredients that are used as preservatives. As these keep harmful bacteria and mold from growing, it is commonly found in skincare products. They will show up on labels as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. However, you might want to know that parabens mimic estrogens and over-stimulate hormones. Hormones play a big role in what causes acne. 

For those who have hormonal acne, you might want to consider paraben-free skincare products. Head to Healthy Options and grab the paraben-free Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with Lavender. This pH-balanced, gentle toner is derived from a formula that cleanses, tones, and moisturizes the skin.

Mineral Oils

Mineral oils are colorless and fragrance-free petroleum derivatives. When used for skincare, it can keep moisture from escaping the skin. However, this only applies to those with dry skin. Most dermatologists agree that acne-prone people should skip this ingredient. 

Mineral oils can be pore-clogging (comedogenic). As it continues to be used, your skin is being masked and skin conditions may worsen, causing acne breakouts and even skin aging. 

Instead, try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer. It is somewhat like a  refreshing drink of hydration for parched skin. It is oil-free and works as a daily moisturizer for those who hate the feeling of heavy cream. This moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, a deeply penetrating hydrator found naturally in the skin — which attracts moisture and locks it in. Don’t be deceived by its cheap price, or lightweight texture, this little skincare product packs a punch of hydration.

Key Takeaway

This guide rounded up the five skincare ingredients to avoid. It can be hard to keep breakouts at bay. The key is to become educated with the label! For more beauty tips in the Philippines, check out SM Shopmag’s other blogs by clicking here!  

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