When I was 12 years old, my dermatologist suggested that I try Aquaphor to deal with very dry skin.
Ever since then, it has been a staple in my house. Now at 26, I still use it almost every night before bed on my face and lips. Recently though, some of the girls at work have mentioned that they are not sure if it is ok to use on their face because they heard that oil breeds acne.
Is there any truth behind this? Does Aquaphor Clog Pores?
I personally think the idea of clogged pores due to using products containing oils is ridiculous.
The ingredients in things like lotions, sunscreens, makeup removers, etc., are nowhere near large enough to fill up your pores let alone make them more likely to be clogged.
If anything, your skin needs some oil to balance the amount of natural sebum it produces.
Different people have different experiences with certain products, but I think it would be best for you to try using Aquaphor, or any other product that makes your skin feel good, for at least 6 weeks before making the decision that it's breaking you out .
Since acne tends to form on areas of the face where there are more oil glands (e.g., nose, forehead), using products with oils in them might actually help prevent breakouts in these trouble spots!
Your Mileage May Vary When it comes down to it though, everyone is different.
Different ingredients have different effects on the skin of certain individuals. I think it's good to inject some healthy skepticism into these claims that products containing oils cause acne .
They simply don't add up from a scientific standpoint, and there is very little, if any, clinical evidence to support these claims.
If you're still not sure about using an oil-containing product, try speaking with your dermatologist.
What is comedogenicity ?
Comedogenicity is the term used to define whether a substance will produce or aggravate acne. It also refers to the ability of a substance (cosmetic, pharmaceutical, or pollutant such as tar) to interfere with pilosebaceous unit function and cause comedones (blackheads and whiteheads).
Comedogenic substances aren't necessarily acne triggers for everyone; it varies from person to person.
However, if you're one of those people who break out every time you use a certain product, then that product is considered to be comedogenic and not suitable for your skin type.
Managing your skin type:
What causes acne? Acne occurs when sebaceous glands attached to hair follicles under your skin get clogged.
Tiny openings in your follicles called pores allow sebum oil to flow out and air to flow in, but the sebum and the excess dead skin cells mixed with it get stuck inside the pore where they get oxidized by bacteria.
This inflames acne lesions and causes swelling, pain, redness and pus-filled lesions commonly known as pimples or zits.
If these oil plugs develop deep within your hair follicle instead of at its opening like usual, then they're called cysts because that's what they look like: big bumps under your skin surface filled with gunk that you can't pop (no squeezing please; we don't want more inflammation).
How comedogen is measured?
There are various methods used to measure comedogenicity.
The most common way is in vivo testing where scientists, dermatologists or plastic surgeons apply the suspect ingredient to people's faces and then they check for comedones (or lack thereof) after a certain period of time.
There are also other types of clinical tests that can be done in vitro on tissue cultures, but due to their variability they're not widely accepted by the scientific community.
What are comedogen triggers?
Comedogenic substances are fats or oils with high wax ester content (>40%). Wax esters are waxy lipid molecules that have long hydrocarbon chains which allow them to be insoluble in water.
These ingredients clog pores when applied topically so avoid any containing hardened vegetable/mineral waxes, paraffin, ceresin and ozokerite.
What about comedogenicity ratings?
To make things easier for you, we created the following infographic that rates the comedogenicity of hundreds of ingredients based on existing scientific data.
Of course keep in mind that no one formula or ingredient will cause acne to everyone; our bodies' physiology is different so there's no such thing as an absolute single comedogenic trigger.
Even if a product does not contain any known acne-triggering ingredients, it may still cause breakouts depending on your skin type.
So please don't use this chart alone when deciding which products to buy/try next; always patch test new formulas by applying them only on half of your face (or some other small area that won't be visible) for a few days before covering the whole thing.
This way, if you have a bad reaction, then at least nobody will see it but you. We wish you clear skin and happy experimenting!
Benefits of Aquaphor on Your Face
Aquaphor is an ointment often used for treatment for very dry, cracked or irritated skin.
The primary ingredient in it is petroleum jelly. It has the consistency of lip balm and usually comes in a small pot with a lid.
There are many ways to apply it, but typically people put some on their finger and rub it onto their cheeks, nose, forehead and around the eyes before bed time.
Some people even apply it all over their face after washing their face at night instead of using moisturizing cream that they use during the day (only do this once or twice a week).
In addition you can add a few drops of essential oil into your Aquaphor before applying it to your face. Some popular oils that people use are lavender, grapefruit, orange and lemon oil – all of which have a pleasant smell and help aid in relieving stress
You can choose between many different types of essential oils. The ones mentioned above are only a few examples .
You can purchase them from online stores or from drugstores. Alternatively you can go out into nature and pick up wild flowers or other plants/flowers such as Dandelion , Marigold , Chamomile , Rosemary etc... In addition you could also use tea tree oil, clove oil or pink lotus water as an alternative to the essential oils mentioned above.
If you have sensitive skin however be very careful because some of the oils/herbs mentioned may irritate your skin.
If you don't like applying ointments to your face or if it's too greasy for you, then try using aloe vera gel instead.
Aloe is often used in moisturizers and in some sunscreens .
It has a high content of vitamin c in addition to having anti- bacterial properties (this is why it's often used on acne).
You can also use honey as an alternative to all of these (although not recommended for acne sufferers).
Honey plays the same role that petroleum jelly does by protecting the skin from dust, bacteria and fungus while being very moistening at the same time .