11 Ingredients Estheticians Want You to Avoid If You Have Acne

If the mere thought of scanning a skincare label's ingredient list makes you nauseated with a side of head spins, you're not alone. And sometimes, just like our favorite boxed mac and cheese, even if we know there are likely sketchy ingredients lurking within, we do our best to feign ignorance. Because A) the thought of giving up Kraft is overwhelming and B) the idea of finding a new skincare regimen feels like the ask of a lifetime. Especially for the acne-prone. 

Over the years, we've picked up bits of wisdom here and there—no alcohols! No comedogenic oils! No harsh ingredients! But when the time comes to decipher an ingredient list as long as the product packaging itself, all previous standards are quickly chucked out the window and we usually end up with something our friend likes, something that smells good, or something that simply looks like it will work (or has a buzzy brand name behind it). However, according to celebrity estheticians Renée Rouleau and Biba de Sousa, those are a few of the absolute worst things you can do when choosing products to beat your breakouts.