Makeup and Beauty Products: What Kinds Should I Be Using?

The beauty products market has expanded dramatically over the last few years. This has opened the door to many brands, and with that several different umbrellas in which these products fall under. The three we discuss today are “organic”, “natural”, and “clean” beauty products. What is the difference between the three? Which is best for acne prone skin? Let’s take a closer look. In all instances, we still want you to read your ingredients labels before purchasing a product. 

What are the “definitions” of each?

Organic Skincare

According to Naturally Safe, organic skincare is generally defined as a skin care product which contains only ingredients that are free from pesticides. You can tell which products are truly organic (at the 95% level) as they will sport an official USDA seal of approval. Although these products do hold a certain appeal, it does not automatically mean this is the best option for anyone. These products could still contain ingredients that are irritating to your skin or otherwise trigger your acne. For example, we would never recommend our acne-prone clients use products containing coconut oil, organic or otherwise. Read your ingredient labels, people!

Natural Skincare

This is a self-defined group you likely often see while browsing through the beauty and skincare section at your local Target. The name speaks for itself, in that the marketing intent is to convey that the product’s ingredients are all naturally occurring, rather than synthetic. But we urge caution here again: there are no specific regulations (self-regulating or government) that define “natural”, so it is up to the discretion of the brand to interpret what that means for them. Furthermore, even some “natural” ingredients can cause irritation or trigger acne. Coconut oil provides us yet another example of what we mean here. 

Clean Skincare

“Clean” skincare is another self-defined, non-regulated category meant to convey the idea that there are minimal ingredients, and none of them are “toxic.” There are dozens of former standard skincare ingredients that now because of their effect on the environment or on human health after long-term use are “controversial”. We use the term “controversial”, because conclusive studies may or may not exist to prosecute the case against each of these ingredients.  “Parabens” are one such example. But yet again, we urge our clients to (wait for it!)… read your ingredient labels, people! Just because a product is “paraben-free” doesn’t mean you should use it. In return, just because a product contains parabens doesn’t necessarily mean you need to avoid it.

Another rule of thumb: there are very few brands whose entire product lines are going to work for any single individual. Including the more well-respected mineral makeup brands. Acne-prone, sensitive, or folks who are in general picky about ingredients should do their research on each and every category. With no specific requirements in the beauty industry, any product could be labeled to “fit your needs.” This is why it is important to have someone who knows your skin and who you can trust. We’d recommend a local esthetician to help point you in the right direction.

What makeup do you recommend for acne-prone skin?

At Clinically Clear we recommend a very natural approach: no makeup at all! “What, how, why”, you may ask? For starters, there are several foundation brands that will lead to clogged pores and ultimately breakouts. Pass. So instead, we recommend a tinted, mineral-based SPF. The brand that we are proud to carry in particular is TIZO3. Which is a tinted primer containing titanium and zinc, but there are many other good choices in the market. 

However, if you feel most confident wearing foundation there are a few steps you can take to select the product best suited for you. 

Option 1: If you are unsure about the ingredients that should be on your watchlist, please schedule a consultation with your local esthetician. Our estheticians are experts at what they do, and they also happen to be lifelong students of skincare ingredients. They’ll analyze your skin and help you identify which ingredients you should avoid (and which ones you should look for).

Option 2: Look into the ingredients to decide for yourself. If you cannot locate it on the product packaging, look into the manufacturer’s website or the store’s website (ex. Ulta). But hint: acne-prone individuals who insist on wearing foundation should choose a powder-based, mineral-based foundation if at all possible. This doesn’t excuse you from reading the ingredients list however, because even some mineral-based powders contain ingredients that are known to irritate sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Option 3: Take to the internet and use a guide to navigate through brands. Two you could look into are Paula’s Choice, and CosDNA. Both allow you to plug in ingredients that you don’t recognize as safe for you.

Clinically Clear Ingredients 

Our company was created by people who are passionate about clear and healthy skin. While we don’t sell any makeup, we’re happy to help our clients analyze the labels of the products they’re considering.

As it relates to skincare products, we don’t identify with any of the above categories. Instead, we believe “simple” is better. So, we’d prefer the fewest ingredients possible. We’d also prefer the majority of the ingredients are plant-based, with minimal synthetic additives. This extends to any added fragrances, which we also avoid. We review the ingredient decks in detail for any product we’re considering adding to our acne-fighting arsenal, and we test each and every product on ourselves. If we consider including a product that contains a controversial ingredient, it’s because we’ve done the work to become comfortable with how the ingredient was sourced/derived, how much of it is in the product (as a percentage of total weight), and how it interacts with other ingredients in the product to deliver the product’s intended benefits. Put another way, we have invested our combined decades of experience into choosing the best available products to cover all acne conditions, skin types, sensitivities, and hues. Our products include conventional active ingredients in treating acne and maintaining clear skin, such as:

  • Glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids as well as retinoids to decongest and exfoliate your skin
  • Benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria
  • Other ingredients to control excess oil or inflammation and re-hydrate and protect your skin

We will tailor the product selections for expecting moms and clients having allergies or sensitivities. Come in today to receive a skincare routine tailored specifically for your skin.

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