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As much as we love to use makeup to cover up blemishes, that dab or two of concealer might actually be the cause of your acne *cue dramatic music*.

Yep, it’s true…quite a few ingredients in your everyday makeup can do more harm than good — especially for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Ahead, we’ve listed five ingredients that may be the culprit of those annoying pimples.

Coconut Oil
Say it isn’t so! Although coconut oil has been such a hit in the beauty world, unfortunately, it’s considered to be highly comedogenic, which means it can easily block or clog your pores. It’s fine to use on parts of your body that don’t normally breakout, like dry heels and elbows, but try to cut it out of your face routine.

You might love the scent of your primer or lotion, but the scent might not be as appealing to your skin. Added perfumes can dry out your skin, which can cause your breakouts to scar even further. It can also increase your skin’s sensitivity, leading to even more blemishes. Stick to unscented products and turn to a spritz of standard perfume if you want some added fragrance.

Even though you don’t smell alcohol in your foundation, it’s probably in there as it helps the product set into your skin and last longer. However, alcohol is extremely drying and can cause the makeup to seep into your pores — eventually causing blackheads and whiteheads. So read the labels on beauty products before purchasing!

Isopropyl Isostearate
Not only does this ingredient sound scary, it also clogs your pores and turns your skin into a blemish breeding ground. Yuck! It’s used to formulate a lot of face and eye makeup. So, again, be sure to read your labels for any ingredients you can’t pronounce.

OK, so we know that parabens are bad for your skin, but they’re actually illegal in other countries. It’s believed that parabens can actually mess with hormone levels thus increasing your skin’s chances of breaking out.

xx, The FabFitFun Team