Acne cosmetica is a mild and relatively common form of acne is caused by cosmetics. Since it’s triggered by topical products, it can strike anyone — even people who are not prone to acne. It typically consists of small, itchy or rashy pink bumps on the cheeks, chin and forehead, developing gradually over the course of a few weeks or months. It may persist indefinitely, but usually does not cause scarring.
To avoid acne cosmetica, you may need to change some of the cosmetics you use. All cosmetics should be oil free; when in doubt, read the label. Products that are labeled as non-comedogenic (does not promote the formation of closed pores) should be used; in some people, however, even these products may cause acne. Products used to treat oily hair may come in contact with the forehead, causing closed comedones. Hair sprays, gels and styling products can also cause clogged pores and care should be taken to avoid having these products come in contact with the facial skin.
Acne-Ltd is non-comedogenic, and can even be used as an invisible, oil-free makeup base. Learn more about Acne-Ltd at our Introducing Acne-Ltd page.