Four Ingredients That Might Be Clogging Your Pores

You probably believe you’re doing something good for your skin by cleansing thoroughly and applying a wide variety of products.

The truth is, this might not be. Behind the scenes, you could be doing more harm than good. We asked our Aesthetician, Paula Rodrigo what ingredients should we avoid.


When it comes to hydration, skin care can be really tricky. Silicones such as methicone, phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, dimethiconol and cyclomethicone can allow us to hydrate our skin. They give our skin a slippery, moisturized feel.

According to our Aesthetician, even though these silicones such as dimethicone have been labeled safe by the FDA, there is still reason for concern. According to her, silicone covers whatever it is applied to, which then makes the skin unable to breathe properly.

If the skin can’t breathe properly, its natural oils, bacteria and humidity won’t be excreted. This clogs pores, causes allergic reactions and dry skin.

We can think about it as a barrier over our skin. The good ingredients don’t get absorbed, and the bad things don’t get excreted.

The best thing we can do is stay away from skin care products that involve any type of silicone, and look for products that contain other hydrating ingredients such as vitamin E, coconut oil, baobab oil and even avocado oil.

Normally occurring hyaluronic acid might also be an option. We recommend Obagi-C Rx C-Exfoliating Day Lotion or Jan Marini Regeneration Booster Face Lotion.

Alcohol and Salt

Products with alcohol may dry out your skin and strip it of its natural humidity. This will cause oil production to increase significantly which will, in turn, lead to acne and clogged pores.

Similarly, salt is often used as a DIY ingredient in exfoliation. According to our expert, salt dries the skin and, on top of that, can actually tear it at a microscopic level. This can be a new home for dirt and bacteria which will clog pores and cause breakouts.

An effective toner is the alcohol-free, non-drying Obagi Nu-Derm Toner.


This is a natural ingredient that derives from sheep skin, but it may actually do more harm than good, according to our expert.

Lanolin is what softens the wool in sheep, and is produced by them. It is similar to our production of natural oils, but it can cause acne breakouts.

Rest assured neither Obagi, nor Jan Marini products contain lanolin.

October 09, 2015 by Amanda Brown
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