Scour the ingredient lists on all of your products to make sure none of the following are harming your complexion.

By Elizabeth Swanson
August 30, 2019

If you're getting ready for your wedding, chances are you'll be making a few modifications to your beauty regimen. (After all, glowing skin goes really well with a gorgeous white dress!) But you don't want to use products you've never tried before close to your wedding date, as you don't know how your skin will react—especially if you're prone to breakouts. While everyone is different, avoiding some of the main pore-clogging ingredients can get you on the right track, says Dr. Iris Rubin, MD, dermatologist and co-founder of SEEN Hair Care.

"Some ingredients may be non-comedogenic up to a certain amount, and the way ingredients are combined can also determine whether your pores will get clogged from a product," she says. The main pore-clogging offenders, though, are coconut oil, wheat germ oil, and cocoa butter. (But not all oils are pore-clogging: Used in the right amounts with the right combination of products, argan and hemp seed oils can be non-comedogenic, Rubin says. And squalane oil is also a great natural, non-comedogenic light moisturizer for those with oily skin.) While oil-free products are less likely to be comedogenic, they still have the potential to be. "There's a whole list of sneaky ingredients that can clog pores, including laureth-4 and isopropyl myristate," Rubin says. "A good tip is to avoid thick or heavy ointments and creams that are occlusive, which can lead to clogged pores."

Makeup primer is generally a bridal beauty staple since it makes makeup last longer, but be wary of silicone-based primers if you have breakout-prone skin, as it's a main smoothing ingredient in many primers and there's conflicting evidence on whether it clogs pores. "I personally believe silicones may have the most potential to clog pores in combination with other ingredients that they can trap on the skin," Rubin says. "I don't think you have to avoid silicone-based primers as long as the other ingredients in the formula are okay." Try Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer.

But it's not just facial products that can clog pores: the hair products you use can also cause breakouts on your hairline, face, neck, and back. The problem ingredients are the same as those in skincare. "So often people are focused on their skincare products and makeup, and they don't realize that what's on your hair is on your skin—and not just your scalp," Rubin says. "Shampoo and conditioner rinse down the face, chest, and back, and styling products leave a residue that can transfer to the skin from your hair, pillowcase, or towel." Try SEEN Haircare, which was formulated to be non-comedogenic.


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