By definition, if you have acne or your skin is just prone to acne breakouts, then you have oily skin. And if you have oily skin, then the last thing that you would want to do is to put oil-containing products on your skin that will only aggravate your acne. So when you go to buy skin care products, how do you know you’ll find a product that will not aggravate your acne?
The skin care manufactures know how important this is so they label their products. However, the way they label their products to tell you that you can use these products if you have acne is very confusing. So let me help you.
The first term they use is "water based." Water based means that it is mostly water so there is very little or no oil in it and that is good.
The second term is self explanatory "oil free." Oil free is oil free, which is just what you want.
The third term is "non-clogging." This means it has been shown to not clog pores and therefore in theory it should not cause breakouts.
The last term is the confusing one: it’s called "non-comedogenic." A comedone is a blackhead or a whitehead, and something that is comedogenic causes them (conversely, something that is non-comedogenic has been tested and demonstrated to not clog pores).
So the next time you go to buy products for your skin, if you are prone to acne, make sure they are labeled, water based, oil free, non-clogging, or non-comedogenic.