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Hate to break it to you fellow product junkies, but constantly trying new products without looking at their respective ingredient labels sometimes can bite you in the face--literally.

Wondering why you are causing acne after trying all these new products? If you're noticing sudden acne flare-ups and oily, red skin, check to see if your latest Holy Grail product contains one of these 3 harsh ingredients.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS)

This foamy surfactant is a detergent ingredient which is commonly known to cause skin breakouts, especially when used it high quantities. It also causes rashes on sensitive skin. If you need to clarify, stay away from super sudsy shampoos containing sulfates. If you absolutely must use a shampoo with sulfates, keep your hair off of your neck and out of your face in the shower while applying the product.

Petroleum/Mineral Oils

A lot of moisturizers contain this product, which is something you should stay away from if your skin is acne prone or reddens easily. These occlusive moisturizers are oil-based, so they do not wash out of hair easily and clog pores easily. Many people who use products with petroleum byproducts typically break out on their scalp, which can lead to prevention of hair growth. Be sure to especially avoid the product in the hotter months or while exercising, as it will likely travel down onto your forehead and back, causing breakouts.

Carrier Oils

Whenever applied directly onto the scalp, carrier oils cause extremely clogged pores, especially when used over time as moisturizers. Look for products that are high linoleic acid. Those who use products containing high concentrations of this don't experience as much skin breakout issues as those whose are depleted of linoleic acid. However, don't knock carrier oils out your regimen altogether--some of us need it. Here are some that won't be as harmful on sensitive, acne-prone skin:

Oils High in Linoleic Acid

  • Safflower Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Black Seed Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil

Try a styler without sulfates, parabens, and mineral or petroleum oils like CURLS Goddess Curls. See what people think here. And Sevi Pumpkin Seed is a line that is made especially for sensitive skin, as it contains a shampoo that not only contains pumpkin seed, but 5 essential oils AND is sulfate-free. Curls Unleashed ORS has a great curl definer that is completely free of petroleum, mineral oil, and alcohol (which is drying for the skin, too).