Using the right skincare products to combat acne breakouts is essential. But just as you should seek out acne-fighting ingredients to use in your skincare--our favorites are tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, lactic acid and salicylic acid--you should also make sure you're not using the wrong ones on your already inflamed skin. Some ingredients to be on the lookout for--and to avoid at all costs--are petroleum jelly, lanolin, mineral oil, cocoa and shea butters. These ingredients are occlusive and will clog the pores.
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