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Does Pond's Cold Cream Make You Break Out?


Hi Chloe,

Generally speaking, most people do not have any problems with Pond's cold cream although some say that the mineral oil in the cream clogs pore and causes pimple (or acne) breakouts.

According to a study carried out by Pharma Cosmetix Research of Virginia and published in Blackwell's Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, cosmetic grade mineral oil is non-comedogenic (meaning that it won't clog pores) and is a naturally derived substance that is used to effectively moisturize the skin since early Roman times.

Since Pond's cold cream is labeled 'hypoallergenic' and  'won't clog pores', there could be a number of other possible reasons for sudden your pimple breakout.


Reasons for Sudden Pimple Breakout

1. Removing your makeup thoroughly goes a long way in preventing and controlling pimple  outbreaks. If you do not remove all traces of make up whenever you wear it, your pores will become blocked, which may lead to pimples on your face.

Pond's cold cream does an amazing job of removing makeup but it can be greasy so you want to follow up with a mild facial cleanser such as Cetaphil. Then use a gentle oil-free facial toner to tighten pores and remove whatever makeup/residue is that your cleanser did not pick up. Remember to lightly pat your face rather than rubbing in. Afterwards, apply a lightweight oil-free moisturizer specifically formulated for oily, acne-prone skin.


2. Certain makeup formulations can trigger pimple flare-ups in people with sensitive skin. For example, isopropyl myristate which is a synthetic oil widely used in foundations to promote a smooth and even application causes grade one and grade two cosmetic acne.

If you have greasy skin, you should avoid oil-based cosmetics as they add extra oils to your oily skin. Water based cosmetics, or those labeled "oil-free", "greaseless", "hypoallergenic",  and "noncomedogenic" are better options because they are less likely irritate or clog your pores.

However, it is best to avoid cosmetics all together, or wait for the pimples to completely clear before you use makeup again on your face. Also, do not cover up blemishes with a heavier coat of foundation/concealer as it only exacerbates your pimple problem.

Do not squeeze, pop, or pick a pimple. This could get germs into the skin around the pimple and worsen it, and you could end up with a permanent scar.


3. Anything that comes in contact with your face – hands, towels, makeup sponges and powder brushes – should be clean. Dirty makeup tools is one of the biggest offenders that makes your skin more susceptible to breakouts because bacteria can breed in them. If you use dirty sponges/brushes/applicators to put makeup on your face, you're transferring that bacteria to your face.

Keeping all makeup tools hygienically clean will help ensure the pimples do not get worse and allow acne treatment products to work without any interference from bacteria.

Similarly, your pillowcase can become dirty with bacteria and oil from hair, and skin while you are sleeping. Change your pillow case, sheets and blankets weekly to keep your skin clean.

Pimples commonly occurs in the "T-zone" (forehead, cheeks and chin) area of the face because the T-zone secretes more oil than other areas of your face. Hence it helps greatly if you keep your hair and hands off your forehead, and wash your hair everyday if it gets greasy.


4.  Making sure your skin stays clean all the time can help fight pimples to a great extent, but you need to do more than that. Diet plays a vital role in helping your skin fight off pimples and zits.

Adding good amounts of Vitamin A in your diet prevents the skin from pimples and helps to reduce sebum (oil) production. Food sources of Vitamin A are liver, eggs, milk, carrots, pumpkins and dark green leafy vegetables.

Although research has not indicated any strong link between food and acne, some people notice that eating certain foods such as chocolate, candies, milk, spicy foods, eggs, oysters, mushrooms, and pumpkins cause pimples for them. If you find yourself suddenly getting pimples after consuming these foods, I suggest you completely eliminate them from your diet.


5. Stress can have a direct impact on pimples as it causes the release of chemicals into the brain that can make oil glands produce more oil. To avoid stress pimples, you have to identify the areas in your life – school work, breakup with boyfriend, job, etc – that is stressing you out.

Pimples, which is influenced by hormones, can affect you especially you are having your having monthly period. Many women notice sudden acne flareups in the week before their period.

Besides, pimples are also triggered by the weather. Heat and humidity cause you to sweat, and aggravates acne condition.


What Can You Do to Naturally Clear Up Pimples and Zits Fast

Here are some of the best home remedies to reduce pimple redness and swelling overnight.

1. Apply ice (wrapped in a small plastic bag) to the pimple redness area every 30 minutes. Hold an ice cube on the affected area for about 2-3 minutes, several  times a day. The pimple redness and swelling should begin to disappear.


2. Crush an aspirin tablet and add enough water to make a thick gritty white paste. Apply aspirin paste on affected area to help clear pimples. Aspirin is a great home remedy for acne because it helps to prevent the spread and infection of surrounding skin tissues.

You can make aspirin facial mask by adding honey and water (for oily skin), or jojoba oil (for dry skin) to several crushed aspirin tablets. Spread on your face, leave for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. I suggest you use aspirin mask no more than twice a week. You can also use the mask as a face scrub.

A word of caution, do not apply aspirin mask on sunburned skin, or recently waxed skin. Also, make sure you are not allergic to aspirin.


3. Cooling and soothing, cucumbers naturally reduce skin inflammation, which in turn decreases redness in pimples and zits. Apply a mixture made from equal parts of cucumber and tomato juice on the red pimples. Leave on your face for 20 minutes, and then rinse off.


4. Another effective home remedy to get rid of pimple redness is to hold and press a wet tea bag against the blemish for 5 minutes. Alternatively, a cotton ball dipped in lemon juice can also reduce pimple redness considerably.


5. Tea tree oil is proven to have very powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and you can use this herbal oil to treat pimples and zits naturally. Simply dab a tiny amount on the blemishes before you go to bed and let it sit on your skin overnight. Your zits will usually go away the next morning.


6. Mild to moderate pimples generally respond well to over-the-counter acne creams and lotions that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If you have dry skin, only treat the affected areas (forehead and chin). Otherwise, your skin will become overly dry. If your skin becomes very dry or irritated after acne treatments, discontinue immediately.



By Tiffany Moore


I'm usually not prone to getting pimples but lately I noticed zits appearing on my forehead and chin. I've been using ponds cold cream to remove makeup for about a month now, and I'm wondering if it has something to do with sudden pimple breakout on my face. I've already stopped using the cream but new pimples are popping out! My questions are, does ponds cold cream make you break out, and what can I do to clear up pimples quickly. I don't have an acne problem in the past and really afraid that the zits will leave some permanent scarring on my face. I'm a 16 year old girl. – Chloe, Texas.

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