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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