Is anyone else here prone to breakouts?

What products can you use that don't make you break out? I know for sure I can't use cones and I also try to avoid most oils (although olive oil seems to be ok). Shea and Cocoa Butter also cause problems for me. I mainly need recs for a styling product, but will also love to here ideas for other products as well (especially conditioners). As of now I use Regis Olive Oil conditioner, various Suave Naturals & VO5 conditioners, Elucence MB shampoo, and Nexxus Therappe shampoo. I have thick, wavy (2b/2c) hair that is half virgin, half color treated & dry (growing out old color). Thanks for reading!
|~*~Carly~*~ |24 yrs old|Type 2C hair|
If you want a conditioner that will be non-greasy and gentle on the skin, try DHS Conditioning Rinse. It has one silicone, but it's water-soluble. Right now my hair needs more moisture than it provides, but this is a decent conditioner.

DHS Conditioning Rinse Ingredients:
Water (Purified), Glyceryl Stearate, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Dimethicone Copolyol, Citric Acid, FD&C Yellow 6

Suave conditioners gave me a little trouble with my skin but I still use it sometimes. VO5 is okay too.

As for stylers, I highly recommend got2b Spiked Up gel. It has a hard hold but the hair can be soft if enough conditioner is used/left in. I don't believe it has any comedeogenic ingredients.

got2b Spiked Up gel Ingredients:
Water (aqua), PVP/VA Copolymer, Glycerin, PVP, Carbomer, Oleth 20, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panthenol, Benzophenone 4, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (parfum), Blue 1 (CI 42090)

Herbal Essences Body Envy Gel gives great results, but it has the comedeogenic ingredient laureth-23.

HTH!
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Thank you so much Mint! That was extremely helpful
|~*~Carly~*~ |24 yrs old|Type 2C hair|
where are you having the problem? maybe i'm not understanding the question, but i just wash my face and back again after i rinse out my co in the shower, and this seems to have helped
I tend to break out if I start using silicones and many oils with any regularity. In fact, not too long after I went CG, I discovered that a new conditioner I was trying had silicones, because I started breaking out!

Also, I have the problem with moisturizing my face. There are few to no moisturizers that I can use regularly without starting to break out–but I think rosewater might be doing the trick for me finally.

To kind of answer your question, I usually use Trader Joe's Nourish conditioner, and LA Looks gel. I don't use a lot of gel, which might make a difference.
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You're welcome, OctoberBaby02!

I tend to break out if I start using silicones and many oils with any regularity. In fact, not too long after I went CG, I discovered that a new conditioner I was trying had silicones, because I started breaking out!

Also, I have the problem with moisturizing my face. There are few to no moisturizers that I can use regularly without starting to break out–but I think rosewater might be doing the trick for me finally.

To kind of answer your question, I usually use Trader Joe's Nourish conditioner, and LA Looks gel. I don't use a lot of gel, which might make a difference.
Originally Posted by wildsheepchase
Another option you can try is Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. It's really good for moisturizing the face without breakouts (for me, anyway). It has dimethicone, but it says it's non-comedeogenic and good for sensitive skin. A little goes a long way.
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Everything makes me break out.. my back, chest and arms as well as my face. I use Proactiv to keep things under control.. the only thing that works for me.

I wash my hair first in the shower, completely rinse off, do everything else I need to and then get out and get dressed before styling my hair. It's easier in some ways to rinse a bit after you do a leave in, but I've figured out how to get the same results without covering my skin in conditioner (I fingercomb water through my hair, oil my ends, smooth in the conditioner without seperating the curls, then scrunch very gently). I try not to get it all over my face when it's drying, but the most break-out prone areas of my face are where hair touches. It's worth a few acne scars to have nice hair.. of course I'd love to be able to have the best of both worlds, but my hair needs leave-ins.
Have you tried conditioning your hair, rinsing, and applying styling products in the shower with your hair hanging upside down? That way your shoulders and back wouldn't have any product touching them.
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I'm the same way. When I get my hair cut, I tell the stylists not to put anything in it because I will just immediately wash it out. I can't tolerate products because they always break me out. But I've been using Jessicurl for about a month and I love it! The confident coils cream is great, no break outs, nothing. We also have the same hair (2b/2c). I haven't been able to use anything until now.
2B, and trying to work it.
Ok, I'm not sure if I'm doing this right but another curly (thanks Wild hair!) recommended this site to me on the makeup/skincare forum:

http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm

There's a great list of different chemicals and ingredients used in beauty products and rates how comedogenic they are.
Let me know if the link doesn't work. I'm not too savy with this computer stuff.
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Also, I have the problem with moisturizing my face. There are few to no moisturizers that I can use regularly without starting to break out–but I think rosewater might be doing the trick for me finally.
Originally Posted by wildsheepchase
i have this problem too! especially in winter. i wonder why rosewater? is it an ingredient in a product or do you use it by itself, how do you use it and where do you get it? thanks so much, i would love to try it, but don't know much about using it. tia
Sometimes I get breakouts, always behind the ear lobes. They'll be there with one product but not another. And I've never sat down & looked at the ingredients to see what the culprit could be.

I blame the conditioners because if it were the styling products, I'd have the problem all the time.

I change out conditioners OFTEN.
I am a complete proactiv devotee, myself. Nothing else has ever cleared my skin so well and been consistent.

As for hair, I wash my neck, shoulders, etc after I condition and put my hair up in a claw clip. It's not perfect but it's been working pretty well, and keeps most of the stuff from settling on my skin.
3A low/medium porosity, medium texture

Current products:
Stylers: HE Tousle Me Softly, Condition 3-in-1 Mousse
Conditioners: Terax Crema, Mill Creek Botanicals Henna Conditioner
Cleanser: DevaCurl NoPoo

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i have this problem too! especially in winter. i wonder why rosewater? is it an ingredient in a product or do you use it by itself, how do you use it and where do you get it? thanks so much, i would love to try it, but don't know much about using it. tia
Originally Posted by curlquest
Okay, I don't *really* know if it's moisturizing, and asked for some help about this on the "Recipes for Hair and Body" forum (since it didn't seem to fit anyplace else). On a bottle of rosewater I used to have, it said that it "restores moisture balance." And when I use it, it seems to soothe both problems of dryness and any flared-up acne. I've been using it regularly since last week when my face was starting to get a bit dry after a spell of windy weather.

That having been said, my guess is that maybe the rose oil that goes into it is small or light enough to not aggravate my skin like other oils, but still maintains the moisturizing properties of oil. Just a guess.

How I use it is simple: after my shower each morning, I saturate a cottonball with it and put it on my face and sometimes neck. I get my rosewater from a small local company here in Portland:
http://www.escential.net/index.asp?P...OD&ProdID=6439
(The notes here also say it "hydrates and refreshes the skin.")

Getting back to the main topic–regarding Jessicurl, I wasn't able to use the products long enough to see if it broke me out or not. The few single days I tried them, the oils in the products always made my hair feel really gross by the end of the day–like I hadn't washed my hair at all. Although I might give it another stab since it's winter now. My hair has been a bit dry, and I hear that people often switch products for the winter.
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Another option you can try is Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. It's really good for moisturizing the face without breakouts (for me, anyway). It has dimethicone, but it says it's non-comedeogenic and good for sensitive skin. A little goes a long way.
Originally Posted by Mint
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out!
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happens to me too - and never know what to do... i just continue to glob on the Proactive b/c I can never find the source! I just try to rinse everything off really well (and when I am applying product I try to always drape a towel over my back and shoulders like a scarf that helps )

I get it behind the ears, chest area and on the back sometimes. I usually attribute it to product and stress

Silicones definitely make matters worse but i dont use them anymore...
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I have this problem and it has made dealing with my hair so much more difficult. I am constantly trying to keep my hair off my back and neck and things get frizzy as a result. Recently I tried something that may sound crazy but has really helped me - Head and Shoulders. You can wash your back with it or you can put on a thin layer and let it dry for a while or overnight. Apparently a lot of body acne isn't really acne but some sort of dermatitis, and the active ingredient in Head and Shoulders helps to get rid of it. Worth a try!
2c who can't seem to find enough moisture! Trying to figure this out once and for all 7 years after going CG!
I have the same problem and after doing some research I settled on NG products to clear my skin. NG Aloe is a good conditioner for avoiding breakouts. I also read the Dep gel is non-comedogenic but I can't find it anywhere. The site Magoo posted is very helpful and I like this one too: http://www.skin-care.cl/non-comedogenic.htm. And I also wanted to add that silicones tend to be non-comedogenic.
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Realistic, thanks for that site. Now I have another one to add to my list of favorites . It definitely helps to do a lot of research and reading (even though you can't always believe everything you read) but it does serve as a good guideline. I've been reading up a lot on ingredients and cosmetics in the past couple of weeks and have definitely learned a lot and have also been seeing an improvement in my skin. Aside from being a hair PJ, I'm a facial/cosmetic PJ also cause I can never find anything that helps my breakouts.
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

Experimenting with BRHG

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain"
Ok, I'm not sure if I'm doing this right but another curly (thanks Wild hair!) recommended this site to me on the makeup/skincare forum:

http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm

There's a great list of different chemicals and ingredients used in beauty products and rates how comedogenic they are.
Let me know if the link doesn't work. I'm not too savy with this computer stuff.
Originally Posted by Magoo
Interesting site, but I'm a little confused. It gives mineral oil and petrolatum good ratings but I would never put that stuff on my face.
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