Acne Ingredients To Be Wary Of

Acne Ingredients To Be Wary Of


We’ve given you the lowdown on ingredients to look out for, but it’s just as important to know what you need to be wary of. This includes the components of the ingredient itself, dosage, and possible effects.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has been hailed for its ability to kill bacteria, remove excess dirt, oil and make up, as well as even helping with balancing skin’s pH. However, if left undiluted and applied topically to the skin, it can cause irritation and chemical burns. We recommend trying it on a small patch of your skin, such as your wrist, to see if you’ll have an adverse reaction. This is particularly important for those with more sensitive skin types.

Tea Tree Oil

As an essential oil, Tea Tree Oil is incredibly strong. Used sensibly, (especially when found in a good acne treatment’s formulation) and it will provide some great results…Used incorrectly, not only can it cause skin irritation, but also dryness, an unbalanced skin pH, and will messes with your skin’s moisture barrier. As a result, your skin will be more susceptible to sun damage. Only use it as a spot treatment, don’t use it in conjunction with other chemical based acne products (such as Retin-A or Glycolic Acid) and pay attention to how your skin reacts to it after use. If it’s itchy, flaky, dry or sore, you may be overusing it.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is a popular topical treatment for acne lesions. It helps by killing acne causing bacteria, as well as reducing inflammation. However, it can cause itching and irritation, which leads to skin dehydration. This is a recipe for premature ageing, so you’ll need to make sure that you have a consistent moisturising routine to eliminate this. In darker skin tones, it can cause hyperpigmentation. It also cancels out the effects of SPF, leading to your skin becoming more sensitive to the sun and susceptible to damage as a result.


Whilst the use of oils is often encouraged (especially with those who are fans of the oil cleansing method) it’s important to find oil that works for you. While they have moisturising, anti-ageing and even sebum controlling qualities, thicker oils, such as pure castor oil, can actually clog pores. Oils of a lighter consistency like almond oil can also have a comedeogenic effect too, so it’s best to find one that works for you. Visit a holistic expert for more advice.


Everyone loves a skincare product with a gorgeous aroma, but are often unaware of the negative effect it can have on skin. It can cause skin irritation, and increased sensitivity.

Frequent use can also cause an allergic response to happen (which can occur after a few days or years, which can make it difficult to detect). Allergic responses can appear in a myriad of different ways, from redness and itching to rashes.

Fragrances can also bring on the onset of other skin conditions such as rashes or chronic eczema. Although this is not the case for everyone, we recommend looking for products that are unscented.